6 Steps Guide to Install a Whole House Water Filter on a Private Well

Fixing your well water is a technical and attention-seeking task. In order to get the benefits of underground well water, you need to put in place a water filter along with other water treatment machines to make it fit for drinking, cooking, showering, and other purposes.

The best way to assess your filtration needs is by getting your water tested and then buying a filter to remove all the contaminants from the water. If you are wondering how to install it, you are in the right place. In this article, we will discuss how you can install a whole house well water filter.

How to Install a Whole-House Water Filter on a Well

Before you start installing, we suggest you read the warranty terms; some manufacturers disregard the warranty if you install the filter yourself. If it is the case with your filter, you need to call a certified plumber or company’s service guys to install the filter for you.

Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Things Needed

Almost all the filters send the things needed to complete the filtration process. However, you may still need the following to aid in the installation process.

  • Drill machine
  • Screwdriver
  • Teflon tape
  • Balancing level
  • Pipe cutters (copper or plastic)
  • Bypass filter (if not included)

The Installation Process

The following steps will guide you through the installation process. Make sure the main water supply is turned off before you start working.

Step 1: Selecting the Installation Place – First of all, you need to select an installation place. The ideal installation place would be the point where water enters your home and after machines like a water softener or a storage tank. If you have a separate sediment filter installed in your home, installing the filter after the sediment filter would be the best. Similarly, if you have a pre-installed UV filter, you need to install the new filter before the UV filter. Filtered water enhances the efficiency and life of the UV filter.

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Step 2: Cutting the Pipes Once you have selected the installation place, you need to cut the water pipes. Make sure you measure the dimensions of the filter carefully and cut the pipes accordingly. We don’t want you to get into trouble later on. Hence, you must make sure that the pipes are cut so that the connections with the filter are made directly with the plumbing lines, and you don’t have to attach any extra water pipes.

It is also possible that your pipes are running adjacent to the floor, and there is not enough space for installation. In such a case, you would need pipe connectors and additional pipes to raise the floor pipes so that you can install the filter. You would need to make the same arrangements for the other end of the filter as well.

Step 3: Installing the Mounting Brackets – The mounting brackets, screws, and bolts come with the filter. After you are done with the place and pipe arrangement, you need to drill holes to attach the brackets. You would need a balancing level to make sure that the holes you drill are straight and balanced with each other. Drill the holes, connect the brackets, tighten the screws, and check by putting some weight on it. If everything is good enough now, we move to the next step. If you are installing a RO filter or any other filter that uses water to regenerate or backwash it membranes, you need to make arrangements for drain pipes. Don’t waste this water; you can use it to water your plants and other household chores.

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Step 4: Placing the Filter – After mounting the brackets, the next step is to put in the filter housings. Place the filtration media inside the housings and close them. Place the housings according to the number specified in the user manual. The sequence of filtration media will vary from one filter to another and depends upon the filtration capabilities. Now connect the filters with each other.

Step 5: Making the Water Connections Next up is attaching the water pipes with the filter. Connect the in and out pipes, turn on the water supply. Look for any water leakages or any out of the order thing. If there is no water leakage and the water is coming out fine from the filter, waste a few gallons of water. All the filter manufacturers recommend it. Some filters need electricity to run, such as UV light filters. If you are installing such a filter, make sure you have an electric outlet nearby, or you will have to use power extensions.

Step 6: Installing a bypass valve A bypass valve bypasses water around the filter into your house. It is helpful while you are changing filters, or you need fast pressure water. Installing shutoff valves on the entry side of the filter will help you close down the water supply to the filter. Such valves increase the functionality of your filtration system and make it easier to operate it.

Tips to take care of your Whole House Well Water Filter

  • Timely replacement of filtration media as explained in the user guide
  • Installing your filters under shade or inside
  • Keeping them free from dust and debris
  • Checking the filter physically every two weeks to ensure everything is fine

Final Words

Well water filters make sure that you drink pure and hygienic water. One should never compromise on the water quality. If you feel you are unable to install the water filter, call a certified plumber right away and get the filter installed.

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