Do It Yourself: Installing A Water Purifier

A water purifier can improve the smell and taste of water and filter out many contaminants and chemicals that you don't want your family to drink. Find out how to install your own purifier with these tips and instructions.

If you live in the city, then your tap water probably comes from a centralized water plant that the city maintains. The water that comes into your house is purified and cleansed with chlorine and other chemicals. But if you live in a rural area, a well on your property probably provides your tap water. Your water is natural because is comes directly from the earth. Being "natural" doesn't mean it's necessarily good, though. If your tap water smells funny or has an unusual taste to it, then it probably has one or more contaminants in it. Some of the most common contaminants include Hydrogen Sulfide, Lead, Iron, and Calcium. Hydrogen Sulfide gives your tap water a rotten egg smell, while Iron can turn your bath tub, toilet, and your laundry an unappealing orange color, and Calcium can leave white deposits.

The best remedy for this problem is to install a water purifier. The best purifiers filter every drop of water that comes into your house. These are known as "whole house filters" and they connect to the pipe that brings the water into your house. These filters usually contain "activated carbon".

As the water from your well comes through the pipe and into your house, it's filtered through the carbon. The carbon traps Hydrogen Sulfide, Lead, Iron, Calcium, and other contaminants that are present in the well water. Although no type of filter can eliminate one hundred per cent of the contaminants that are in your water, an activated carbon filter can filter out most of it. When you are choosing a water purifier that uses a carbon filter, keep in mind that the more carbon a filter contains, the better job it will do in filtering your water. A water purifier can be purchased at your local home supply store. They usually range in price from three hundred to two thousand dollars.

To install a whole house water purifier, you'll first need to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions in order to achieve the best results. Basically, though, you'll need to shut off the main water supply valve inside your house. Then, you'll need to decide where in the line the purifier will be located. The next step is to use a hack saw to cut the copper or PVC pipe at that place. Allow the tap water that's standing in the pipe to drain out into a bucket or other suitable container. Then, you might have use the hack saw to cut a small piece out of the line so the water purifier will have space to fit in between the ends. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for details.

Place the ends of the water pipes into each side of the purifier and secure them as directed. Now you'll probably need to install the activated carbon filter into the chamber. It usually drops snaps into place. Then, screw the lid onto the top of the chamber, and your water purifier is ready for use. Don't forget to turn the water supply valve back on.

And, don't forget to change the carbon filter periodically. The length of time in between filter changes will depend on how contaminated your water is. When you notice that your tap water is smelling funny again, or that is tastes unusual, or, you're seeing orange signs of Iron or white signs of Calcium, then you'll know that it's time to install a new filter.

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