So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a whole house filtration system. Filtering all of the water that comes into your home removes harmful contaminants and makes your water safer, cleaner, and fresher to drink. But let’s say you live in an older house and your water has never been treated whatsoever – do you need to do anything before installation?
Indeed you do – there are several key steps you should take to experience immediate benefits of a filtration system upon installation if you’ve gone 10 or more years with the harmful effects of unfiltered water. Follow these tips to get your water system prepared for your whole house filter.
- Drain Your Water Heater: Your water heater can host many harmful contaminants and chemicals, as the buildup and dampness inside can lead to a prime environment for bacteria. Drain your water heater at least twice to completely flush out the untreated water that remains inside. Draining multiple times helps get the container clean so the filtered water that will come in won’t be compromised with contaminants.
- Descale Washing Appliances: Your washing machine and dishwasher both utilize a ton of water, and you’ll want to descale these appliances to remove the hard deposit buildup before installing your whole house filter. The preferred method of cleaning is a vinegar cycle: fill the bleach or dishwashing liquid compartments with white vinegar and run a complete cycle to rid your appliance of chemical buildup.
- Clean All Aerators: All of the aerators in your washing machines, faucets, and showers should be cleaned prior to installation. Use vinegar, a brush, or the help of a professional to ensure that the aerators are free from build up or residue. If any particular aerator is especially dirty from years of buildup, consider replacing it.
- Sterilize Wet Surfaces: Bacteria and other contaminants can quickly build up on wet surfaces like toilet bowls, shower doors, and bathroom walls. Before you install a filtration system take care to clean and disinfect any wet areas that may be breeding grounds for bacteria. Concentrate on the bathroom and in any areas of the kitchen that aren’t routinely dry.
- Disinfect Plumbing Lines: Some families that decide to install a water filter for their home utilize a private well for their water supply. In order to keep your water as clean as possible, it’s important to disinfect all of your plumbing lines so your water isn’t picking up any extra contaminants on its way to your faucet. Run a cycle of bleach through your plumbing so your water starts off cleaner and safer.
Once these precautions are taken you can purchase and install your whole house water filter knowing that you can begin experiencing the benefits of purer, fresher water immediately. Eliminating possible contaminants and focusing on these areas in your home will help eradicate any long-term neglect and get you on the path to clean, healthy water.