Small guide to installing a reverse osmosis system
Reverse osmosis systems are largely considered the best types of water filters. The reason for this is that they purify the drinking water, removing things like salt and other harmful chemicals. It is safe to say that the reverse osmosis system is the best technology for the home. If you are not drinking reverse osmosis water, you do not know what you are missing. The water is not only healthier, but also tastier. You have already bought a reverse osmosis system for home? Congrats! All you have to do now is to install it. Installing a reverse osmosis water filter is not difficult. In fact, it is so easy that you can do it under 2 hours. You just have to know how to.
1. Decide where to install the reverse osmosis system
As you can imagine, you cannot place the RO system just about anywhere. What you need to do is find a suitable location. The water filter can be installed under the sink or in the basement. If you are planning to install the reverse osmosis system under the kitchen sink, make sure that there is enough space for adequate installation. Take a close look at the spot under the sink. To know for sure if there is sufficient space, take measurements.
2. Turn off the cold water
While it is not really necessary, it is a good idea to turn off the cold water when you are working with the plumbing. Cut off the water to be able to work. The method for turning off the cold water supply depends on the type of supply that you have. The shut off valve should be located under the fixture. Yet, if you do not want to take any chances, shut off the supply to your home.
3. Install the faucet
Drill a hole in the sink for the faucet using the right type of drill for the job. If you do not have one, then go to the hardware store. It is important to make sure that the drill does not hinder anything below. The hole should not be thicker than 1-¼”. You do not want to penetrate though the metal base, so take precautions. Mark the place and drill carefully until you see metal. Make sure to clean the sharp edges.
4. Mount the faucet
Now that the hole is drilled in the sink, you can mount the faucet. Feed the threaded nipple through the sink and mount the faucet body. Tighten with a wrench until everything is secure. It is best to have someone help you. Ask one of your friends to hold the faucet, so that it does not move.
5. Do not forget about the supply tank
Before getting to the reverse osmosis unit, install the supply tank connector and put the tank in place. It is advisable to pre-fill the storage tank.
6. Connect the drain saddle
The drain saddle needs to be connected to the pipe drain. Make the cuts in a way that the tee fits perfectly. Whatever you do, do not put the drain saddle near the garbage disposal.
7. Install the tubing
You have to be very careful when connecting the tubing. You want the cleanest installation, do you not? For your convenience, complete the work under the sink. You can leave extra tubing. This will come in handy in case you want to move the reverse osmosis system. The RO unit can be installed on the left or the right side of the sink, depending on where the water supply is located. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions about cleaning the system. And wear clean gloves.