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A water filtration system can clean out chemicals and other contaminants from your drinking water. Many homeowners are unfamiliar with the options they have. Water filters are often easy to install (but your local plumber can help if necessary). If youโ€™re considering a water filtration system, here are some things to think about.

Type of Water Filters

There are two main types of filtration systems:

Point of Use: The filter connects to your existing plumbing under the sink. A simpler approach would be to install a carbon filter on the faucet, but a reverse osmosis water filtration system can often handle higher volumes of water (depending on size) and last longerโ€”as much as up to a year before requiring replacement.

Point of Entry: Often installed in the basement, point-of-entry water filtration systems treat every drop of water that enters your home from external pipes. Water is filtered before dispersed to faucets and fixtures throughout your home. In addition to filtering water, these devices can remove minerals to soften hard water.

Water Filter Installation

To install a point-of-use water filter, such as a reverse osmosis system, youโ€™ll need to shut off the cold and hot water. A clean water filter comes with a tee or saddle valve, which youโ€™ll need to install. Open the water supply line and make sure itโ€™s cut above the cabinet base, and then fasten plastic tubing to the supply valve. Cut down excess tubing to prevent kinking. The lines can then be attached to the fittings on the faucet base. 

Once the faucet is fastened to the sink, install the drain line adapter beneath the sink basket. Connect the waste line to the adapter and install the final water line in the storage tank. To sterilize and fill the system, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Installing a Water Filtration System for Your Whole Home

The installation process for a point-of-entry filter is more complex. Youโ€™ll need to choose a basement location for the system, preferably somewhere accessible and close to the shutoff valve. Tools youโ€™ll need include an adjustable wrench, tube cutting tool, and power drills.

First, shut off the water supply and cut the pipe. A new shutoff valve will need to be installed. Then assemble the filter parts and mark the areas you will cut. When you connect the filter, slide on each nut, slide the compression rings in place, and then tighten the nuts. To check for leaks, turn the water back on. 

Check the electrical panel; the ground wire should be attached to the pipe or a rod in the ground. If it is connected to the pipe, run a jumper cable to prevent the filter from disrupting the ground path, secure the system with grounding clamps (on both sides of the filter), and run a thick wire from one clamp to the other.

Hire a Plumber to Install a Water Filtration System

A licensed, experienced plumber can install your water filter without hassle. Rather than attempting a DIY solution youโ€™re uncertain about, invest in professional installation. A water filtration system can protect your pipes, laundry, and health. At Detour Plumbing, our Santa Clarita plumbers can assess your needs and recommend the water filtration system most suited for your home and family. Youโ€™ll always receive up-front pricing and a 100% service guarantee. 

For help by our licensed, bonded, and insured team and high-quality installation of the best water filtration systems on the market, send us a message on the web or call us directly at 661-417-0955, today!

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