If you have a whole house sediment filtration system, you might be wondering how to change your whole house sediment water filter. Below are a few easy steps you can take to switch out your filter, if you choose to go the DIY route. If you’re in our service area, the water treatment pros at Tri-County Water Services are standing by for any filtration system questions you might have.
We provide a wide range of water filtration services and products including carbon filters, sediment filters, reverse osmosis filters, brim filters, and ultraviolet light. Call us today at 610-857-1740 to learn more.
How to Change Your Whole House Sediment Water Filter
Sediment filters come in many sizes and shapes. The most common is the 10-inch filter, but there are smaller filters for houses with one bathroom as well as larger filters. You want to change your filter at least once per year or whenever your water flow slows down.
Before you start, you will need a replacement filter, an empty bucket, and a bucket that is half filled with soapy water. You will also need a housing wrench, which should have been provided when the filter housing was installed. Finally, you will need some clear plumber’s silicone grease.
- Begin by shutting off the water flow coming into the house. There should be an inlet valve or another valve nearby. If there is no valve, you can shut off the water pump.
- Once the water flow has been shut off, go to the nearest faucet downstream and open up the tap to let the water run until it slows down significantly. Then, close off the outlet valve to keep water from draining back into your house.
- The next step is to push the pressure release on top of the filter housing. If you skip this step, it will be almost impossible to open the filter housing.
- Then, put the empty bucket beneath the filter housing and unscrew it. Remove the dirty filter cartridge and throw it away. Use the soapy water to clean inside the housing.
- Inspect the o ring to make sure it isn’t nicked, stretched, or pinched. If it’s in good shape, coat the o ring in clear plumber’s silicone grease. This will make it last longer.
- Place the new filter inside the housing, and screw the housing back on. Get it as tight as you can by hand, then use the housing wrench to make it a bit snugger.
- Open up the inlet valve partially to allow water to flow through and fill up the housing. When the water flow stops, you can open the inlet valve completely.
- Then, open up the outlet valve slightly. When the water stops flowing, you can open it completely.
- Double check to make sure there aren’t any leaks. If there are leaks, shut off the valves and depressurize so you can tighten up the housing and possibly apply more silicon grease to the o ring.
- Next, go to the first faucet downstream and open it. You will hear some sputtering. Let the water flow until it looks clear so there isn’t any fine manufacturing dust left on the new filter.
And that’s it!
Contact Us Today for Help Choosing a Whole House Sediment Water Filter!
If you need help choosing a whole house sediment filtration system, contact the pros at Tri-County Water Services. Call us today at 610-857-1740.