DIY Water Conditioner Installation Basics

DIY Water Conditioner Installation Basics

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How To Install the Water Conditioner?

You’ll need the following tools if you choose to make this a DIY project.

  • A drill and assorted drill bits
  • 2 adjustable wrenches, different sizes
  • A tubing cutter
  • Bucket to catch any water remaining in main supply pipe after shut off
  • Adapters may be required on each side of the Conditioner to attach your pipe size.
  • Optional – Shut-off valves

SW300 Water Conditioner Installed

Choose an easily accessible frost-free location near the main water supply for your home.

You want to ensure that it’s easy to drain and clean the Conditioner every 3 to 6 months.

Remember, you are treating and filtering the entire incoming water supply for the whole house.

The Silkwater Technologies Water Filter & Descaler units are relatively easy to install, but if you are not experienced or confident enough with DIY projects, you should get a local plumber for professional help.

How to install the Water Conditioner unit.

  • Turn off the main water supply and drain the system.
  • Choose the new location for the conditioner unit and mark it. If located outside the house, choose a location that is safe from frost and extreme weather. Keep in mind you’ll have to drain and service the conditioner occasionally so choose a location you can reach comfortably.
  • Cut the pipe using a pipe cutter.
  • Optional but recommended – install a shutoff valve for water entering the filter and one for water leaving the filter
  • Install the compression nut and plastic or brass fittings according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s recommended to use pipe thread tape on the fittings for better sealing.
  • Install the conditioner with the “in” and “out” ports facing the right directions.
  • Turn on the main water supply and check for leaks.
  • The installation is complete. Every time you need to drain and clean the conditioner, turn the valve on the bottom of the filter unit.

Watch “Ask This Old House” plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey as he installs a typical Whole House Water Filter

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