6 Simple Tips on How to Install Under the Sink Water Filter

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For sometimes now drinking bottled water has been regarded as one of the safest practices. Indeed bottled water looks clean, sparkling and delicious. But have you stopped to think in terms of the cost? Or have you given consideration to the amount of litter this does to the environment? Worse, has it occurred to you that most of what you purchase is nothing else but raw tap water? I know this might come as a shocker, but it has been proven that most of it is tap water.

The only guarantee you can have that what you are imbibing is safe is to have filtered water. This is preferable to what comes over the tap because it eliminates chlorine, reduces sediments, and improves on taste and odor.

There are various ways you can access filtered water, but some ways are better than others. For instance, it is cheaper to have under the sink water filters installed in your system than using, say, a filtered pitcher. Although this works great, having to constantly refill it is a bit of a drag.

Your first concern is definitely the cost. Well, water filters are not so expensive especially looked at against the health benefits this brings. Secondly, you are worried about possibilities of contamination, aren’t you? Stay cool and fret not. The filter comes with a dedicated faucet mount which can be placed next to your kitchen faucet on the countertop. Thirdly, you are worried about how to install it and whether this requires the services of a plumber…absolutely not. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you.

  1. You need to locate an extra hole for the faucet because the filters work best with pre-existing holes. This is easy to locate as many sinks come with extra holes for spray guns or soap dispensers. If your sink does not have this, you will need to drill a hole. Ensure you have the tool to do this.
  2. The next step is to install the faucet. Simply guide the hose and faucet into the hole. A stainless steel fitting sits on top of the sink, and there are two washers between the faucets that you must use before tightening the nut to secure the faucet to the sink.
  3. Remove the cold water hose from the sink to the wall after turning off the cold water.
  4. It is now time to tap into your water system. You can adjust the fittings by purchasing adaptors from a hardware store in case they are different. Put the adaptor in place then attach the splitters to the cold water pipe and the cold water hose then you can push in the white plastic tubing.
  5. Install the filter under the sink by attaching it with the filter holder held by two screws. Ensure the filter has a clearance of at least 2 inches beneath it so that changing filters, which you will need to do every 6 months won’t be a problem.
  6. Connect the white tube from the cold water into the filter holder and the blue tube from the faucet into the holder. Both are clearly marked. Note that color might be different.

Viola! Turn the cold water back on and listen to it running through the filter. Check for leaks then press down on the lever for filtered water, or up to keep the water flowing. Run at least two gallons of filtered water through the system before using it. Now you can have your healthy drinking water.