Reverse Osmosis is a high-grade water cleaning process that uses a partially permeable membrane to filter out unwanted ions and molecules from cleaning water. Reverse osmosis works when external pressure is applied to reverse the natural flow of pure solvent. This is why it is known as reverse osmosis.
This innovation is a game-changer in the business of people ensuring that their drinking water is completely clean. It has an edge over other types of filtration systems because it filters out large molecules. About 85% of American Homes have water with high levels of magnesium. For the most part, only Reverse Osmosis filters can effectively filter these particles to make your water safe enough to eat.
Also, the Reverse Osmosis filtration system produces better-tasting water on account of its amazing cleansing water abilities. Plus there is the added benefit of making an eco-friendly choice.
Of course, if you clicked on the link to this article, there is a huge chance that you know all of the things earlier stated. You’ve either bought a reverse osmosis system or are planning to buy one.
Your dilemma at the moment is figuring out how to install this thing that came in a huge box with so many parts. You want to call your plumber. However, the crazy cost of hiring a plumber has forced you to check the internet for help. And somehow, you got led to this article.
Before we go on, let me tell you that installing RO or fixing your broken reverse osmosis system doesn't have to be hard. This article will take you through an easy to follow through guide in helping you set up RO for your Home Kitchen.
It is important to note that the installation protocol may vary from product to product. Also, your plumbing setup may vary.
This is why you should take the following guidelines to be a general guideline. The instruction given here should be supplemented with information from the device’s instruction manual.
Figure Out Where to Install the System.
When installing RO or any other type of filtration system for your kitchen, the standard place to do so is under the kitchen sink.
However, because of space, this area may not be the most convenient. The good news is that your options are not limited to this place.
Your other options include the basement, garage or utility room. You could also run a water line to the kitchen sink(if you do this, you would also need to install a delivery pump).
You can install RO anywhere on the cold water line. However, it is important that it is installed downstream of other water treatment facilities. It is also important that you do not install the RO in a place that could be prone to freezing temperatures.
Get Your Tools Ready
This can save you a lot of frustration. Here is a list of all the things you will most likely need to set up RO for your Home Kitchen:
Installing The RO
Now that you have figured out where to install your water filtration system and you have the things you need to install the RO close by, you are ready to start installing.
1 - Faucet Installation
This is the first thing that you have to do. If your sink already has an extra hole, you can use that.
If it doesn’t, you will have to drill a hole into the sink. Drill in a flat area.
Once you have a hole, insert the faucet stem into the hole and secure it from the bottom with a hex nut.
Then attach it with the quick connecting fitting. Do not forget to tighten with a wrench.
2 - Install a Drain Saddle
The Drain Saddle is also known as the drain line adapter. This is to be installed on the drain line.
It must be placed far away from the garbage disposal to prevent clogging and protect your RO from being contaminated.
The hole must also be at least 6 inches above the p-trap. When doing this, drill a quarter hole in the top or side of the drain. Do not drill at the bottom of the drain line.
3 - Install the Feed Valve
The feed valve is what connects your reverse osmosis system to the cold-water line. Before you begin Installation, cut off the water supply to the house.
Release the pressure in the water line by opening outlets. Then remove the tubing from the cold-water valve. Then install the feed valve and tighten with a wrench.
Connect the new valve to the cold-water tubing. Then, turn the water supply back on.
4 - Install Water Storage Tank
To ensure that pressure is not completely lost, place the water tank within 10 feet of the water faucet.
Before you put it into position, wrap 6 layers of Teflon tape around the threaded part at the top. Then screw the tank connector on. It doesn’t have to be too tight.
5 - Install the Filter
To do this, insert the pre-filters and/or the RO membrane into their housings according to the instruction provided in your instruction manual.
Now you know; setting up reverse osmosis for your kitchen is not as hard as you thought. So, get your tools and get to work.