We recently explained the benefits of purchasing an at-home water filtration system to replace the loads of money and inconvenience that people experience while relying on arduous water bottles. Whether you refill your cooler with large jugs or supply a consistent stock of small bottles, installing a water filtration system will provide you and your family with a steady and ample supply of filtered water for much less cost and effort.
If you decide you want to give it a whirl, maybe after having read our post on the pros and cons of at-home water filtration systems, then it is important to choose the best type of filter for your family. Each filter has a different method of installation. This article today will outline how to install an under the sink system. First things first, shut of the water lines to the work site you are at so as to avoid an overflow of water that can cause damage to the room around you!
You will need a quarter inch tee with a quarter inch line for tapping into how your system will get water from the cold water line. Once you locate the cold water line, you will need to find the male adapter that should be accompanied by a nut just above it. Now you break those apart and, in order to ensure a watertight connection, apply about three or four wraps of teflon tape on all of the threads. Use a wrench to tighten the connections back up with that tee piece in place on the cold water line.
At this stage in the process, the plastic pipe needs to be connected to the copper pipe. The inline shutoff valve that came with your filter is an essential piece for this step. Insert the plastic piping into the valve and a nut and ferrule over the outputting line. The rod-like insert meant to support the inside of the plastic pipe should then be placed in the pipe to make it nice and tight. Now simply connect the last of the pipe into your filtering system.
The last connection will into the water dispenser piece which will require it to be removed from the sink. Making a good-sized bead of putty, adhere it to the bottom of the water dispenser so as to prevent any leaking once the faucet it reinstalled into the sink. Take the tee fitting and, after placing another nut, ferrule, and support rod combination to the end of the plastic pipe, insert it into the bottom of the dispenser. Chances are the existing soap dispenser will be removed to make room for your dispenser, however, not matter the hole it is to be installed in, be sure to have that putty securely in place during the install. After inserting the last of the plastic tubing into the filtration unit, you can turn the cold water line back on to test the success of your plumbing installation.
Once the system valve is turned to the on position, and you turn the handle of the dispenser, you should be able to fill a glass of your freshly filtered water directly from your sink! Don’t be worried if the water seems murky or cloudy for the first few glasses or more. The cloudiness you see are the bubbles from the newly installed lines, air that has been trapped in the water, and is not bad for your health. It will go away over time and you will be left with delicious, filtered water without the mounds of plastic waste most families unfortunately are used to.
If you aren’t up to the task of installing an under water sink filtration system, or would simply like it to be done by professionals, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 to schedule an evaluation of your plumbing setup and to get that system installed for the betterment of you and your family.