How to clean and take care of your water Purifier ?

How to clean and take care of your water Purifier

Clean water is one of the fundamental requisites to good health – which is why a well-maintained water purifier becomes crucial to your family’s health.

  1. Monitoring: Keep a regular monitoring schedule to check for problems that may arise in the water purifier. Depending on the type of water purifier you have, look out for visible cues such as change in the colour of the water, etc. Monitor the filter as well and remember to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to clean the home water filter system.
  2. Testing:If you find any difference in the taste of the water and are unable to find the cause, get the water purifier tested on regular intervals from a technician. This will help in maintaining the purifier and identify the problems it may have.
  3. Replacement:When you need to replace the home water filter, ensure you go through the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines for replacing the unit. If you face any issues during the process, contact a technician to ensure the unit is replaced properly.

Water Filter Maintenance

Tips to keep water filters filtering.

An often-overlooked part of getting the most from your water filter is proper cleaning after use and before long-term storage. If you’re nice to your new filter, you can triple or quadruple its service life—not to mention help it filter more effectively.

Most filters come with elaborate manufacturer’s cleaning/maintenance instructions, which we advise you to follow exactly. Below is a rundown of the typical procedures, with time-tested tips from the field for better results.

Start with the cleanest water you can find: Don’t burden your filter with unnecessarily dirty raw material. Seek out still pools rather than running current; moving water roils up sand and debris. Using a foam float, keep the intake hose off the bottom of the creek, where it tends to suck up sand, mud, muck, leaf detritus, and who knows what else.

Let Muddy water settle: Dip a potful of water, set it aside, and let the suspended solids settle out; an hour or two helps a lot, but leave water overnight if possible. This simple step gives you clearer water to process, which can triple the time between cleanings or filter replacement.

Backwash: Some filters can be backwashed when output starts to slow down. Just detach the intake hose and attach it to the filter outlet. Pumping will send a “backwash” of clean water through the filter, loosening some of the accumulated gunk. Following backwashing or before storage, the filter element usually must be sanitized with a diluted bleach solution.

Scrub a scrubbable filter element: If pumping lots of dirty water has slowed the flow, scrub the cylinder with a toothbrush to restore normal output. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations—if you scrub a filter that is not designed to be scrubbed, you could compromise its integrity.

Disinfect periodically: Microorganisms can multiply inside the filter element. Unless the manufacturer recommends otherwise, flush the element after each trip with a diluted chlorine solution of 1 capful of household bleach to 1 quart water. Pump it about 25 strokes until empty, then let it dry.

How to Maintain Your RO System for Best Performance

A high-quality reverse osmosis drinking water system will last for many years if it is properly maintained. In fact, we’ve been in business for almost 30 years and have seen many RO systems last 10 to 15 years.  To make your system last longer, here’s what it takes:

Regular Filter Changes

First, pay attention to the filter change schedule in your  RO system’s owner’s manual. Your RO system may have three, four or five stages, so know exactly what filters are in each stage of your system (per your owner’s manual) and pay careful attention to when each filter is due for replacement.

Sediment Filter: 

Your sediment filter should be changed out every 12 months. This pre-filter stage is designed to strain out sediment, silt and dirt and is especially important as the sediment filter protects dirt from getting to the delicate  RO membranes. If you fail to change this filter on schedule, dirt and silt can reach the RO membranes which can then easily become clogged and foul.

Carbon Filter:

The  carbon filter is designed to remove chlorine and other contaminants that affect the performance and life of the RO membrane as well as the taste and odor of your water. This filter should generally be replaced every 12 months, also.

Reverse Osmosis Membrane: 

The semi-permeable  RO membrane in your RO system is designed to allow water through, but filter out almost all additional contaminants. If you take care to replace the previous sediment and carbon filters on schedule, the RO membrane should only need to be replaced every two to three years. Of course the schedule will vary based on the quality of your water and household water usage.

Polishing Filter:

In a four-stage RO System, a final  post filter will “polish” off the water to remove any remaining taste and odor in the water. This final filter ensures you’ll have outstanding drinking water.

Failure to change out filters per their replacement schedule can not only cause damage to the system, but will also cause a decrease in water production. Thus, if you notice a decrease in water flow from your  RO faucet, that may be an indication that your filters have reached the end of their life span.

How to Clean and Sanitize Your System Annually

Second, we recommend that you sanitize and recharge your system annually–at a time when you’re changing out filters. You can hire a local water treatment professional to do the job or you can do it yourself.

If cleaning yourself, you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual for specific details on how to sanitize your system, but here’s the process in general terms:

  • Shut off the main valve completely
  • Next dispense all of the water from your RO faucet
  • Remove the sedimentand carbon filters from their housing
  • Remove the RO membranefrom housing
  • Keep the filters out of their housings, but screw the housings back in place
  • Pour about 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into stage one housing
  • Reattach all connections
  • Turn the main valve back on
  • Allow the system to run (without the filters, the storage tankwill refill rapidly)
  • Let the system run at least through 2 cycles
  • Shut off the main valve again
  • Install the new filters
  • Let the tankfill back up and then drain one more time

How Do I Maintain My UV Water Treatment System?

Ultraviolet water purification is an excellent method for ensure your water is safe and drinkable. Like all water treatment systems, a UV system needs routine maintenance. The good news is, UV system maintenance is relatively simple and trouble free. Below are some areas that need periodic attention to ensure optimal performance.

Manufacturer’s Instructions and Information – Keep and Reference It!

While most UV systems share many similarities, there are often some differences in maintaining a particular system. Specific information from a system’s manufacturer will be critical to maintain your system from year to year. Always closely follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and instructions to avoid compromising the system. Proper maintenance will ensure your system’s effectiveness for years to come.

UV Lamp (or Bulb) Replacement – Change Every Year!

A UV Lamp is the heart of the UV treatment system. The lamp needs to operate well to ensure water is safe. Unlike regular light bulbs, UV Lamps do not burn out – they solarize. This means that over time they reduce in their light wave intensity to about 60% of what a new UV lamp provides. This point is reached usually after one year, or 9000 hours, of continuous use. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to replace the lamp every year on schedule. New lamps will generate a UV light dosage of near 60 mJ/cm2. Over a year’s period the UV light dosage will drop to about 30 mJ/cm2. This is the minimum dosage needed to effectively kill bacteria. At this point, lamps should be replaced. Almost all UV systems are meant to operate continuously, you can actually significantly shorten the life of the bulb by turning it on and off.

UV Sleeve Cleaning & Replacement – Change Every Two Years

Water running through a UV system often carries minerals, sediment, and other debris. These contaminants will eventually build up on the UV quartz sleeve that protects the UV lamp. This build up will cloud the sleeve and inhibit the UV light from penetrating the water – allowing microorganisms to pass by without being killed. In order keep the quartz sleeve clean and operating well, the glass must be cleaned regularly – at least yearly when the lamp is changed. However, cleaning may need to occur more often depending on water quality. It is recommended that the sleeve be replaced periodically, typically every 2-3 years.

Pre-filtration Monitoring and Periodic Changes – Remember to Check!

If you choose UV, be aware that it’s highly possible that a separate prefilter (and even a water softener) may be needed in addition to the ultraviolet system. A prefilter will protect the UV unit and ensure that it functions properly. Be careful to properly maintain any prefiltration systems (such as sediment filters, carbon filters, water softener, and other systems) and regularly confirm they are working as expected. This will include periodic changing of filters and the addition of chemicals or other solutions, as needed.

Monitoring Water Supply and UV System Performance – Make Sure It’s Clean!

Water chemistry and contaminants can change over time even from the same water source or well. Because of this, water should be tested for bacteria counts every six (6) months (recommended) or at least yearly. When test samples are taken, water should be sampled before and after the UV unit to test its performance. Water should also be sampled in areas where animals have contact with water fixtures as bacteria regrowth can occur downstream of the UV unit in these areas.

Monitoring UV Light Dosage – Make Sure It’s Working!

Many UV systems are equipped with light intensity meters or sensors that indicate the penetration of UV light through the glass sleeve and the water. These sensors provide a warning signal when the UV dose is too low to provide adequate disinfection and indicate when it is time to clean the quartz sleeve and/or replace the UV lamp. If a UV system does not have a sensor, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for cleaning and replacement – usually every one (1) year for the lamp replacement and sleeve cleaning; every two (2) years for sleeve replacement.