How to Choose the Right Water Filter | Ask This Old House

How to Choose the Right Water Filter | Ask This Old House



Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how to choose the right water filter for different water quality issues.
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Time: at least 1 hour

Cost: $20-$1000

Skill Level: Beginner

Shopping List:
Water quality test kit
Water filter

Steps:
1. Purchase a water quality home test kit.
2. Follow the instructions on the kit and wait for results on water quality issues.
3. Based on the results of the test, choose a filter that will treat the water quality issue.

Resources:
All the filters Richard demonstrated, including the granular activated carbon filters, sink mounted filters, sediment filters, and water softeners can be purchased at a home center or plumbing supply store.

Expert assistance for this segment was provided by Morris Merchants (

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RO+UV+UF+TDS Water purifier: How to Install Guide Kent Pearl | Kent

RO+UV+UF+TDS Water purifier: How to Install Guide Kent Pearl | Kent



This video explains the installation process of your Kent RO Water Purifier.

KENT Pearl is a wall mounted RO water purifier that has a modular design, which is suitable for wall mounting or counter-top installation, providing users with a choice to install it as per their requirement. It has a transparent and detachable storage tank, which ensures easy on-site cleaning. The tank can be easily removed and cleaned without the help of a technician. Also the transparent tank makes the purifier visually appealing.

The following is step by step guide for how to install Kent Pearl water purifier –

Step 1 – Unpack your RO filter from the box using a knife/scissor and place the purifier on your kitchen slab or Plane surface. Check all the items that come with the water purifier ( List is mentioned in the video)

Step 2 – For setting up the water connection, keep all the plumbing tools ready before turning off the main water line. Remember, install the water purifier on normal water supply and not on hot water supply. Learn the further steps of installation from the video.

Step 3 – It’s time to mount the water purification system. Use the drilling sticker to drill two holes on the wall where the water filter will be placed.

Step 4 – For installing the RO Purifier, remove the front transparent cover and cut the wires holding the carbon block, Sediment filter, UV chamber, and RO membrane. Then hang the purifier on the wall where the screws were drilled. Learn the next steps in the video to turn on the water supply to the purifier.

Step 5 – In this step, learn how to check and adjust TDS level to get healthy and tasty drinking water from Kent RO water purifiers.

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How to Install a Whole-House Water Filter | Ask This Old House

How to Install a Whole-House Water Filter | Ask This Old House



Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey improves the taste and odor of municipal drinking water with a whole house filtration system that includes a sediment filter and a granulated activated carbon filter.
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Time: 2-3 hours

Cost: $1,000

Skill Level: Moderate

Tools List:
Tubing Cutter
Fitting Brush/Pipe Cleaner
Torch

Shopping List:
Whole House Filtration System
Copper Pipe and Fittings
3 Copper Ball Valves
Adapter Fittings to Connect Filters
Flux
Solder
Thread Sealing Tape

Steps:
1. Turn off the main plumbing supply to the house and drain as much water as possible from the pipes by opening all faucets and fixtures and then opening a drawoff valve near the main.
2. Determine the location of the prefilter. If necessary, attach a piece of plywood for attaching the filter bracket.
3. Use a tubing cutter to cut in to the main water supply pipe.
4. Clean, apply flux, and solder the adapter fittings to transition into the filter housing on a workbench to keep the heat away from the filter. Once cool, connect the adapter fittings to the filter housing, using thread sealing tape on threaded connections.
5. Clean, flux, and then dryfit the remaining connections. Include “T” fittings that allow water into and out of the filter, but also connect to a shutoff valve that serves as a bypass. Include a shutoff valve for water entering the filter and a shutoff valve for water leaving the filter.
6. In normal operation, the bypass valve remains in the closed position and the two filter valves are in the open position. If the filter requires service, those valves should be reversed, allowing untreated water into the building temporarily.
7. Once all connections have been made, turn water pressure back on to the building and check for leaks.
8. Follow manufacturer instructions to properly activate the carbon filter.

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RO+UF+TDS Water Purifier: How to Install Guide Kent Elite II | Kent

RO+UF+TDS Water Purifier: How to Install Guide Kent Elite II | Kent



Step by Step Guide to Install Kent Elite II water purifier model. Kent Elite II is a WQA Gold Seal Certified water purifier with double purification by RO + UF with TDS controller. It is a high flow-rate RO water purifier that is equally suitable for water from all sources such as bore-wells, tanks or tap-water. Watch this video to learn the installation process.

Step 1 – Unpack the water purifier system from the packing box by removing the thermecol packing. Check all the essential items in the box (List mentioned in the video).

Step 2 – To setup the water connection, keep all the plumbing tools ready before turning off the main water line. Always install the water purifier on the normal water and not on the hot water supply. Learn the next steps of installation from the video.

Step 3 – Make preparation to mound the water purification system. Use the drilling sticker to drill two holes on the wall where the water filter will be placed.

Step 4 – To install the water purifier, place the purifier on a flat surface and cut the wires holding the UF membrane and RO membrane housing. Then hang the purifier on the wall where the screws were drilled. Learn the next steps in the video to turn on the water supply to the purifier.

Step 5 – In the video learn how to check and adjust TDS level to get healthy and tasty drinking water from Kent RO water purifiers.

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How to Install a Water Filter Under the Sink | Ask This Old House

How to Install a Water Filter Under the Sink | Ask This Old House



Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Los Angeles to update a water filter to preserve the look of a retro faucet.
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Cost: $250

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools List for Installing a Water Filter:
Wrench [
Bucket [

Shopping List:
Water filtration system

Steps:
1. Start by shutting off the cold water line underneath the kitchen sink. The cold should always be to the right.
2. Open the faucet to release any cold water that’s in the line upstream of the shutoff valve.
3. Place a small bucket or tray underneath the cold water line underneath the sink to catch any extra water that might fall out. Then, break the water connection using a wrench.
4. Connect the adapter that comes with the kit to the hose.
5. Push the black tubing that also comes with the kit into the adapter on one end and the filter on the other. The back of the filter has images that indicate which pipe should receive which tube.
6. Connect the second adapter to the water shutoff valve. Push the black tubing that came from the filter to the shutoff.
7. Turn the water back on.
8. Run the sink for 5-10 minute increments according to the instructions that come with the kit to activate the carbon and fully filter the water.

Resources:
Richard installed the Advanced Water Filtration System, which is manufactured by Kube ( It comes with a kit of adapters and connectors so that it’s easy to connect it with whatever pipes you have underneath your sink. The only other tool required for installation is a wrench, which can be found at any home center.

The retro faucet the homeowner had in her kitchen is called the Dishmaster M76 Imperial Four ( which can still be found on the manufacturer’s website and on some third party sites.

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How to Choose a Water Filter | Ask This Old House

How to Choose a Water Filter | Ask This Old House



Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains the many options available for filtering drinking water. (See below for a shopping list and steps.)
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Steps for How to Choose a Water Filter:
1. The simplest way to filter tap water is with a pitcher-style water filter, which has a granulated carbon filter that improves taste and odor, and removes some chlorine and sediment.
2. Faucet-mounted filters have a switch that diverts tap water through a granulated carbon filter. Turn on the switch for filtered drinking water; flip it off when washing dishes.
3. For greater water filtration convenience and capacity, install an under-sink, dual-filter system that has its own gooseneck faucet.
4. For optimum point-of-use filtration, consider a reverse-osmosis system. Water passes through a series of three filters, resulting in extremely clean, pure drinking water.
5. Whole-house water filters are installed near the water main and are ideal for delivering clean, filtered water to every faucet throughout the entire house.
6. There are a variety of filters available to remove a wide range of impurities.
7. Sediment filters contain a stainless-steel pre-screen filter and back-flush system that automatically cleans the filter.
8. For the highest level of water filtration, first have your tap water tested, then call in a water-treatment specialist to install a whole-house filtration system designed specifically to treat your water.

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