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Whole house filters are typically recommended to be installed by an experienced professional installer. This could be a WQA-Certified Installer, a plumber, handyman, or you can do-it-yourself if you have the knowledge of working with pipe & fittings.
Because we recommend a professional installation these instructions will not detail how to solder copper pipe or how to join plastic piping systems. These skills are considered prerequisites to a successful installation.
Our whole house systems use standard National Pipe Thread (NPT). The non-backwashing systems have female 3/4" or 1" NPT connections standard. The backwashing systems have male NPT fittings. 3/4" or 1" is available. Because of the use of standard pipe thread, the installation should be straight forward to a person with plumbing experience.
The main water line is usually located in a basement, crawl space, or garage. Sometimes it may be in a well house, laundry room, hot water closet, or possibly even under the stairs.
A permanent bypass assembly is recommended for a premium installation. This bypass gives the ability to completely bypass the filtration system and use untreated water at any time. It also allows for easy removal of the system in case you want to take it with you. To build a bypass it takes 3 shut-off valves (we recommend using ball valves), 2 T's, some pipe and some additional labor.
We usually do not recommend this permanent bypass on a backwashing system because it has a built-in bypass.
Electricity is required to run the timer and the backwashing control valve. A standard wall outlet is sufficient. The unit only uses about $2 in electricity p/year. If your system has an ultra-violet light component, it also needs an outlet.
In a backwashing system, a backwash cycle can be initiated and this flushing process can be done automatically after the drain line has been connected. Simply plumb the unit in with the bypass valves closed and run the drain line. Turn on the water and check for leaks. Then initiate a backwashing cycle and then open the bypass valves. Allow the water will run to the drain for at least 10 minutes before putting the unit into service.
H2O is happy to provide assistance with installations by phone, free of charge. We have Certified Water Specialists on staff who have many years of field experience installing systems.