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9 Tips for Water Filter Owners

  1. The wrench should only be used to LOOSEN the filter housing, never tighten. If you can’t get it to seal by hand check/replace your O-ring and use a lubricant. Be careful not to over tighten the filter housing.
  2. Installing a petcock on the bottom of the filter housing can allow for easy draining of the sump prior to changing the filter.
  3. The carbon filter goes AFTER Sediment Filter. The sediment filter is less expensive and should be filtering out the sediment leaving the carbon filter to remove only taste / odor.
  4. Make sure the filters are installed AFTER the pressure switch. The filter could blind the pressure switch (if installed before) and it can get clogged and the pump could continue to run and not shut off causing premature motor failure.
  5. For seasonal property owners, remove the filter cartridge at the end of the season and install a new one at the start of the next season.
  6. Install ball valves before and after the filter housing for easy servicing. Also, plumb a bypass line so that you can still provide water to the house in case of emergencies when water can’t flow through the water treatment system.
  7. Install pressure gauges before and after the system. Marking the pressure gauge with a permanent marker at the spot you wish to change the filter can eliminate the guesswork on when it is time to replace the filters.
  8. The three main types of carbon filters are block, granulated,and impregnated. Block filters have the most carbon and often treat the most water but are the most restrictive. Granulated filters will treat less than a block type typically but at higher flow rates with less pressure loss. They offer a good balance. Impregnated carbon filters offer the least amount of carbon and thus treat a lower total volume of water but allow for significantly higher flow rates than either of the other carbon options.
  9. The three main types of sediment filters in potable water systems are poly blown, string wound, and pleated. String wound offer the best capacity of sediment and moderate flow restriction. Poly blown filters are the least expensive, so if you have very little sediment this may be the right choice. Blown filters have minimal capacity and moderate flow restriction. Pleated filters offer the moderate capacity and very little flow restriction. Pleated are often the more expensive of the three choices. Click below for a link to our Youtube video that shows you these tips.

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