For most of human history, our forefathers had to collect water from streams and wells, taking their chances with the contaminants that water might've contained. Even when public plumbing became more widespread, it was often responsible for spreading diseases and causing lead poisoning. Today, most of us benefit from modern water treatment plants, but these, too, are not perfect.
For individuals who want the purest water possible, water filters act as a final line of defense against contaminants like heavy metals, pathogens, chemicals, and debris. Water filters remove many of these impurities and improve the flavor of water for a safe, refreshing drink.
However, while most people enjoy purified water, not everyone has the facts about water filter installation. If you are considering using a water filter at home, here is what you need to know about water filter installation.
Where Your Water Filter Will Be Installed
You probably know there are different types of water filters, but one of the biggest differences between filters is where they are installed in your home. When you understand the different types and locations of water filters, you’ll be better prepared to purchase and install the right one for you.
Faucet filters attach directly to your faucet and filter the water coming through the tap. Similarly, countertop water filters also connect to your faucet but with a hose that directs water to the filter unit that sits on your counter and dispenses the filtered water. Both types of filters have a diverter valve that lets you switch between filtered and unfiltered tap water.
Under counter filters are installed, obviously, under your counter or sink where they attach to your cold water line and provide filtered water through a separate water faucet installed with the filter. Some reverse osmosis models require a separate holding tank for filtered water and a connection to your wastewater line, so make sure you have room under your sink for this kind of filter.
Finally, you may choose a whole house or point of entry water filter system to filter all water coming into your home. This kind of filter is installed at the point of entry of your water supply, often near your water heater. If you use a water softener, your water filter will go “after” the water softener.
Installation Might Require a Plumber
Depending on what water filter you choose and how handy you are, you may need to call a plumber for installation. Anyone can install their own faucet or countertop filters themselves.
Many DIY homeowners can tackle an under counter filter, but if you aren’t confident in your skills, your plumber can do it easily. Always plan to call the plumber for a whole house water filter installation—unless you are a plumber!
The Cost of Water Filter Installation
With a wide variety of water filters to choose from, prices for water filters and installation vary greatly. They can range from less than $100 for a faucet filter to well over $2000 for a whole house system. Hiring a plumber for water filter installation might add to the cost, as will purchasing a water filter that comes with special features or has a higher flow rate.
When looking for the best water filter system for you, it’s best to know what installation entails before purchasing the first filter that sounds good. Make sure the filter you pick meets your needs and will fit where you need it to. For help selecting the perfect water filter for your home, contact Pure n Natural for a free consultation and shop our selection of water filtration systems.