Having a water filtration system installed in your home is a great way to efficiently meet your drinking water requirements.
Additionally, it offers several other benefits. Besides the obvious advantages of saving money on bottled water, a water filtration system helps protect the environment by reducing reliance on plastic bottles. The chances of plumbing issues are also drastically reduced with such systems.
However, a water filtration system can only offer these benefits if it functions optimally, depending on proper maintenance. If such filters are not cleaned and maintained well, it can lead to a degradation of the water quality, affecting its purity and taste.
Since there are various filtration systems, you may wonder how best to maintain yours properly. Here we’ve mentioned some of the most effective ways to do so quickly and easily. So, check them out now.
Effective Tips For Maintaining A Water Filter
1. Regular Cleaning
Regular cleaning of your water filter is one of the most important ways to ensure its optimal functioning since it prevents impurities and dirt from accumulating. Use warm water for cleaning but avoid harsh chemicals as those can be absorbed easily. Also, it is a good idea to change the filter at least once a week.
Besides cleaning the interiors, you should pay attention to the exterior of the filter, which will also require the same treatment. You can use a sanitiser on the various components, such as the cap assembly, water dispenser and the line. Also, remove any dirt from the cap of the filter.
2. Timely Changing Of The Filter
Using the same filter with your filtration system for a long period can get it clogged. The reason for this is that the capacity of the filter cartridges to block impurities reduces with time. That is why changing the filter timely is vital to ensure that it continues operating properly for a longer period.
If a filter becomes too dirty, the water will acquire an odd taste, and you may also notice a strange smell. And such signs can even appear before it is time to replace the filter. Some manufacturers often provide details regarding the period the filter will last.
This can help you record the date when the filter is changed and use that information to change it again when required. Alternatively, in more advanced filtration systems, the control unit may display the time when the filter needs to be changed, making things a lot easier.
3. Different Requirements Of Various Filtration Systems
Various types of water filtration systems are available from different brands, each having different maintenance requirements. You should make it a point to learn about the system you have before proceeding with its maintenance. Here are some of the most common types of filtration systems, along with their filter change requirements.
A. Reverse Osmosis Systems
A reverse osmosis water filter has a semipermeable membrane that filters large particles like chlorine and salt, unwanted molecules and other impurities. This filter comprises an RO membrane, two carbon filters and a sediment filter. Generally, the filter must be replaced between six and 12 months to ensure the best performance in such systems.
B. Chlorine Removal Systems
In a chlorine removal filtration system, activated carbon removes excess chlorine from the water. This chemical is generally added to the water by the supply station for disinfection since it kills the harmful microbes. However, too much can make the water taste and smell bad.
Chlorine removal filters require carbon replacement every two to four years.
C. UV Light Systems
UV or ultraviolet water filtration systems use UV light to purify the water and effectively kill harmful microorganisms. Such systems have three main components that require replacement. These include a lamp, an ‘o’ ring and a quartz sleeve.
The lamp and ‘o’ ring should ideally be replaced yearly, while the quartz sleeve should be changed as soon as it becomes covered with cracks or scales.
Taking Care Of Your Water System
These are some of the ways by which you can maintain your water filtration system easily and ensure that it continues functioning properly for an extended period. Regular cleaning and changing filters also do not require a large investment of time or effort.
If possible, get the replacement ones from the same brand as the system when changing the filter to ensure maximum compatibility. Or, you can consult the filtration system manufacturer to learn about other compatible options.
With that, we’ve reached the end of our brief guide, and it is time to wrap up. Until next time!