Here at Tri-County Water Services, we have the honesty not to compel you to pay for services you can do yourself. Why waste your time and money? For example, a house water filter leak often has a simple fix. Granted, if you’re facing a large leak or huge puddles, you may need expert service. However, you can probably fix a simple leak from the top. So, in this blog we’ll tell you what to do if your house water filter is leaking
House Water Filter Leaking Fix: Preparation
First, let’s review what you’ll need to fix the leak. If you don’t have any of these items, you can easily find them at any hardware store or home supply store.
- Correct-sized wrench
- Flathead screwdriver
- Silicone lubricant
House Water Filter Leaking Fix: Inspection
Second, before we actually begin doing any work, we should quickly inspect your water filter so we can appropriately diagnose the problem.
- Locate the leak: If you see any cracks, you’ll need to replace your filter.
- Turn off the water throughout your house.
- Press the pressure release button on your filter.
- Turn on a faucet to let the system clear.
- Place a bucket under the filter housing and remove it. Let it drain out.
- Carefully remove the O-Ring with a small flathead screwdriver.
- Inspect the O-Ring. Is it flexible? Do you notice any damage? If it is stiff, dry, cracked, and/or torn, then you’ll need to replace it.
- Inspect the interior of the housing, as well as the threads, with a flashlight. If you notice any damage to the housing, you’ll need to replace your filter.
House Water Filter Leaking Fix: Steps
Third, now that we’ve finished the inspection, we can get to work.
- Replace the O-Ring if necessary. Make sure you coat the new one with a silicone lubricant so it can seal properly.
- If you don’t need to replace your O-Ring, then you should clean it and apply lubricant.
- Clean the water filter housing and re-inspect.
- Reinsert the filter into the housing and seal it properly with your wrench.
- Slowly turn your water back on and press the pressure release button.
- Inspect the top of the filter with a flashlight. If you still notice leaks, then either the O-Ring wasn’t sealed tight enough, the housing wasn’t closed tight enough, or you have a different problem and will need to replace your filter.