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A sediment filter is important to many homes, especially those on well water.
By installing a whole house sediment filter on your water supply, you can be sure that all the water coming to your home is clean and free of floating particles.
This article will show you how to install a sediment filter for well water and tap water.
Follow these steps for installing a sediment filter for well water:
Generally speaking, you should install your sediment filter after the well pump and pressure tank, and before other water treatment equipment like water softeners, water filters, UV cleaners, etc.
Now, you should choose a location close to where your main water line enters your house. This is to help filter the water at every outlet. You can even filter your outdoor (i.e., garden) faucets if you want.
What’s more, your best bet would be to choose a location that can be easily accessed so that you can replace cartridges easily and without hassle.
A list of tools, installation accessories, and parts you’ll need:
Installing a whole house sediment filter can take experienced plumbers 2 to 4 hours max. However, if you’re installing the filter yourself, it could take longer, depending on how experienced you are in plumbing.
The price of a sediment water filter depends on its type, size, filter capacity, as well as other features, like micron rating. Thus, sediment filters cost from $50 to $3,000 or more.
Regarding labor cost, sediment filter installation ranges from $500 to $1,000 or more, depending on whether you’re updating your old water system or need additional plumbing work.
Do read the manual carefully and ensure you comply with plumbing codes before you begin installing your sediment filter. If in doubt what to do next, contact the manufacturer for guidance.
Here’s how to install a sediment filter for well water step by step:
Install a shut-off valve for ease of maintenance, and consider adding a water filter bypass valve, too. It helps you have water in your home even if the system is in service mode. After, shut all the valves.
Time to install the sediment filter.
In order to maintain your new whole house sediment water filter:
Sediment filter cartridges should be replaced every 3 to 12 months or when you notice a drop in water pressure. When the pressure begins to drop or when the water quality is low, it means it’s time to replace your filter.
For the best guidance, though, consult the instructions of the manufacturer.
In order to choose the correct type of well water filter, you’d have to consider the current state of your well water. For example, you’d have to identify the contaminants you’re dealing with and their quantities.
So, perform regular tests on your water to ensure you’re using the correct sediment filter setup. Sometimes, contaminants vanish over time, while new ones are introduced. If this happens, you might need to change your type of well water filtration system with another one.
In every case, you should clean your filter housings regularly; although, don’t overdo it. Once or twice per year should be enough because different filtration systems have different cleaning requirements.
To clean your sediment filter housings, you’d need to first shut off the water supply. Then, clean the components with lukewarm water and mild soap. Once done, put everything back together.
This may be the first time you hear of shock chlorination, and that’s OK. All you need to know is that shock chlorination effectively reduces the number of microbial contaminants in well water, like algae or bacteria.
To perform shock chlorination, you’d have to add a large amount of chlorine bleach to your well water supply and allow it to circulate and sit in the entire water system. Once this is done, flush your pipes to reduce chlorine to a safe level.
Make sure to have your well inspected by a professional every couple of years to ensure everything is in working order.
If you have any questions about how to install sediment filters for well water please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
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