How to Install a Whole-House Water Filter
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to ensure clean water for your entire home
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to ensure clean water for your entire home.
1 Turn off the water to the house at the meter.
2 Screw a plywood panel to the wall close to where the cold-water line enters the house.
3 Fasten the filter's mounting bracket to the plywood panel with hex-head screws.
4 Wrap Teflon tape around the threads of the outlet fitting; tighten the fitting to the outlet side of the filter housing.
5 Screw an adapter into the inlet side of the filter housing.
6 Wrap Teflon tape around a threaded fitting, then thread it into the adapter and tighten with it pliers and a pipe wrench.
7 Use close-quarter hacksaw to cut through cold water pipes.
8 Clean the just-cut pipe ends with emery cloth.
9 Mount the filter housing to the metal bracket bolted to the plywood panel.
10 Push the solderless coupling onto the end of the water pipe.
11 Push the valve assembly onto the coupling and then onto the inlet side of the filter.
12 Install the second valve assembly onto outlet side of filter.
13 Be sure both ball valves are turned off.
14 Add a bare copper ground wire from the house side of filter to water meter side of filter to ensure the plumbing connection is grounded.
15 Turn the water back on, open both ball valves and check for leaks.