I want to install a whole hose water filter.
In my unfinished basement the water comes in from the street main directly
below the the floor in a corner and the pipe runs up to just about the
ceiling before branching to the water heater.
I've got a shut-off valve on this piece running striaght up from the floor
to ceiling and I'm think that this would be the only place to put a water
As the water filter has input/output points in a horizontal fashion and the
pipe is vertical what is the best way to hook it up?
I guess I could sweat right angle bends in the pipe to come up around the
side of the filter and something similar on the output side. Seems that it
would look rather like a rats nest but there is no other way.
Yes, put some EL's in it. Also, plan on a couple of ball valves
to isolate the filter during changing cartridges. With a thrid
valve you could add a bypass loop.
If you use much water for irrigation/sprinkling, all of that
useage will go thru your filter unless you can locate it further
Check that the city water presure does not exceed the rating
of the cartridge housing.
Worked for me. Elbow, filter, elbow up to a short length, elbow back to
main line, elbow back up.
Even if the filter has a shut off to use when changing the cartridge, put
another valve in anyway "just in case".
Good idea for the plumbing except for the extra valve. Now if I were
advising, I'd say buy a filter housing with the red pressure relief
button and VIH (valve in head) with a clear sump. I've sold them for 15
years and none have failed like many of those sold in big box stores and
supply houses. I'd also say not to buy any of those with the built in
by-pass. And I wouldn't plumb a by-pass due to creating dead ends for
bacteria to grow in.
But what is it and how much of it is in your water that you want to
remove? Hopefully it isn't chlorine, that is a very bad idea.
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Why is it a bad idea to remove chlorine? I am a fishkeeper and would
love to be able to remove chlorine from at least one outlet, since
fish and chlorine don't mix. And what could I use to do that?
'Cause chlorine kills (or at least reduces) bad germs that can make
Yours is that special case that somebody on the internet will always
come up with to attack any general statement.
Okay, you don't want chlorine for your fish. But you should still
have it in your pipes for other purposes.
BTW, I know there *IS* an alternate view on this, that chlorinated
water does have indirect negative health effects (nope, don't know the
details) when consumed, so if you feel that way drink bottled water.
But net overall chlorine seems a proven way to keep public water
supplies relatively safe from bacterial contamination.
That is a bad idea on a whole house basis. The reason is due to the need
for the chlorine to begin with. It is because of bacteria etc.. And when
we use water we contaminate the faucets and water using appliances,
which in turn can contaminate the water when the contamination migrates
into the faucet tip etc.. That's why backflow prevention is so
For your need I'd suggest an inline GAC filter such as used on
refrigerators and reverse osmosis units and a faucet end adapter with a
length of like vinyl or PE tubing. I'd guess that type of 2.5" x 6"
filter would last you a few months but it depends on how much water you
run through it.
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I generally take Gary's advice on water matters, but I have a bypass,
glad to have it, and I don't see as big an issue as Gary does.
(Actually, the "bypass" goes straight thru, it is the filter that is
on a side loop.)
Its not like the inside of all one's pipes is actually scrubbed by a
sufficiently high speed flow. There is plenty of opportunity for
"slime" if it wants to grow. Many plumbing systems have blanked off
tees or whatever, or even the little anti-water hammer end that starts
out full of air but gets filled up time. Ever see a cut open street
main that's been in place a while, down to 1/2 its original size from
deposits. Every branch to a hydrant is a dead end, they are flushed
less frquently than my bypass is (every time I change the filter).
I like the bypass, I never lose service to the other household members
while changing the filter, and if I f' up the threads or something
while changing it, I would still have service to make repairs at my
I believe there is a change or one will be made soon to disallow those
dead end end capped type arrestors. Other dead ends are not any better.
They all prevent sanitizing efforts. Everyone with a plumbed by-pass,
that's three manual valves, should be as diligent as v. Sorry to say
that from my experience they aren't and there's all but 100% that never
use the by-pass they insisted on plumbing in or being added by the
installer, when they installed the filter. Or softener.
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