How to Maintain your Water Filter
Investing in a whole-home purification water system can save you hundreds of dollars on drinking water. You can turn on your tap for clean, refreshing drinking water instead of buying bottled water. You won’t have to worry anymore if the water you use to cook, bath, or clean is safe. These aren’t the only benefits of a whole home purification system; it’s also low maintenance. With just a little bit of effort, you can keep your water filtration system in top shape and prevent waterborne illnesses.
Whole-home purification systems don’t typically need a filter change as often as under-the-sink or pitcher filters, but they do need to be changed from time to time. If you don’t regularly clean and replace your water filter, it won’t do its job efficiently. Contaminates and bacteria could make their way back into your home.
Every whole home water purification system is unique. Your system may have two types of filters or only one. You don’t have to be a handyman to keep up with your home’s water purification system. Follow these three simple rules to keep your water filtration system working optimally.
1. Regularly Clean Out the Filter.
Cleaning your water filter might seem counter intuitive, but it is a smart habit to adopt. The minerals and particulates that your water filter catches can clog the filter. When your filter is packed with particulates, it is less effective. Cleaning out the filter once a month will keep your water tasting fresh and looking crystal clear. It will prevent bacteria from growing in your filter.
You don’t need to use any harsh cleaning products to clean out the filter. A little warm water and dish detergent should do the trick. Rinse all the components with warm water before putting them back together.
2. Look Out for Leaks and Drips.
About once a week, check for leaks or drips. If your water filtration system has a leak or drip, investigate to uncover where the water is coming from. It could be a sign of damage. Keeping an eye out for a leak may help you prevent severe damage to your water filter.
3. Replace the Filter on Schedule.
How often you should change your filter depends on your system and the type of filter. Some water filters only need to be changed every 12 months —such as a reverse osmosis filter—while other filters need to be changed every 3 to 6 months—such as carbon filters. Setting a reminder on your phone is an easy way to remember when you should replace the filter.
If you follow these three simple steps, your whole home water purification system will have a long lifespan. Cleaning out the filter once a month will keep it performing at peak efficiency. Looking for leaks or drips may help you prevent damage to the system. Based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, changing the filter on schedule will keep your water crystal clear. If you want to learn more about water filter maintenance, give us a call! Our team at Tri-Florida Water Treatment is happy to answer your questions. We want you to get the most out of your whole home water purification system.