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An ideal way to get clean water without clutter is an under sink water filter. Some models will even deliver continuous alkaline water, where other ionized water filters will automatically switch to a cleaning mode. Although ionized water filters will give you a warning when self-cleaning begins, if your water filter is under the sink you may not know that your filter is producing acid water rather than alkaline water. Certain models have an internal valve that automatically switches when it goes into a self-cleaning mode, so you always get alkaline water from the same outlet.
Here are steps for how to install under sink water filters. First, identify the cold-water line under the sink. If you aren't sure which line supplies the cold water, try turning on the hot water. Allow the water to heat up, and then feel the pipes under the sink. The pipe that isn't hot is your cold-water supply. Turn off the water after you identify the cold-water supply. Position the bracket for the under-sink water filter, and mark the holes for the mounting screws. The bottom of the filter should be at least 3" from the bottom of the sink cabinet, and the bracket should be screwed into a wall stud if possible. If no wall stud is available, use hollow-wall anchor bolts or toggle bolts to secure the bracket to the wall. Mount the filter onto the bracket. Identify the locations on the filter where the water flows in and out. Turn off the cold-water valve under the sink, and cut a 3" section from the cold-water line using a small pipe cutter. Slide a compression nut and ferrule (provided with the filter kit) onto both ends of the water line. Connect the plastic hoses for the filter to the compression fittings. Connect the hose from the valve to the inlet on the filter, and connect the hose from the faucet to the filter outlet.
Water filtration is getting more and more high-tech. Utilizing the latest technologies in the water industry, effective, healthy, great-tasting water can be yours at an affordable price. A typical under-sink water filter is capable of removing more than 500 contaminants from water. This happens through approximately five stages of filtration, depending on the model. First is a basic filtration pad that removes dirt and rust. The next two or three phases usually involve the water passing through two types of filters, KDF (electrochemical) filters and carbon filters. The final phase involves a final pass through a micron filtration pad.
When installing an under sink water filter, make sure that the canister is mounted in a position high enough that there is sufficient clearance beneath the canister. This will allow the canister to be unscrewed and removed when it's time to change the filter. Check and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the frequency for changing the filter.
A high-quality under sink filter has many benefits. It will remove 99% of five micron particles. It can also reduce chlorine by 95% at 1.0 gallon per minute (gpm). It improves taste and eliminates odors caused by treatments chemicals in the water. Filter cartridges are easy to replace. Most models should fit any faucet, making it easy to install. Look for filters that have solid stainless steel spots as well. This will avoid any further contamination and makes cleaning easier.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|