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What Are Under the Counter Water Filters?

Jul 30, 2008
The plumbing under the counter is where the under the counter water filters are attached directly, as against a direct connection with the faucet that some other water filters of the portable kind have. Not only does an under the counter water filter provide a tap with clean water in the form of a constant supply, it also does not have to be turned off or on and remains out of sight.

However, as compared to the water filters that are attached to taps, the installation work required for under the counter water filters is somewhat more. The cold water tap and main water tap have to be connected to the under the counter water filter through a feed line, even as there is no requirement for a separate drain line. All the parts that are required for the installation of an under the counter water filter, along with all the relevant instructions are usually supplied along with the filter system.

Becuase of the transparent operation of the under the counter filter system and its being quite unobtrusive, in addition to the space that it helps save on the counter, after installation, it is preferred by many people. In order to install it, a plumber may be called upon or some homeowners may decide to install it on their own, usually within a period of time that does not exceed 1 hour.

Like other water filtration systems, replacement of the cartridge has to be carried out for an under the counter water filter system, at regular intervals. The procedure for cartridge replacement is quite simple. Once the fitting under the sink of the counter water filter system has been done, the tasks that are required to be performed are quite simple. After unscrewing the cover, the new cartridge has to be installed, after removing the one installed earlier. Then, the replacement of the cover is in order.

In order to install an under the counter water filter, one has to identify the pipe feeding cold water to the tap, by looking under the sink. One may keep the hot tap running for a minute or two, in order to help in the process of identification, if it is not immediately clear as to which is the pipe that one is looking for. The pipes can then be touched and the warm and the cold one distinctly identified.

The nut at the base has to be tightened after the clamp has been fitted over the mounting block and the pipe. Taking into account the pipe's diameter, the appropriate side has to be selected, while setting the small mounting block of the clamp on to the pipe. Tubing is attached to the device resembling a small valve, known as saddle valve. The saddle valve clamping device has to be installed on a section of the pipe, after making sure that there is no obstruction or corrosion.

A bucket or another receptacle has then to be used to place the tube's red end in. The T-bar handle then has to be turned fully in the clockwise direction, so as to pierce the copper pipe. Utilizing the screws that are supplied along with the system, at a location that is suitable, the cabinet has to be mounted with the filter's housing bracket. After that, the housing of the filter has to be installed with its cartridge. The cartridge may have to be screwed in to the housing or simply be placed in the suitable fashion. The bracket then has to be mounted with the re-assembled housing of the filter.

At an appropriate location, a hole has to be drilled in the worktop or the sink, and the faucet or the drinking water tap for the under the counter water filter system has to be installed. The filter housing's input side can be connected with the red tube in the bucket, after the tap and the related tubing have been installed. The blue tube from the tap can then be connected to the output side of the housing of the under the counter water filter. Once the T-bar of the saddle valve is turned anti-clockwise, water flows through the red tube, on to the filter housing and then to the tap.
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