The good news is that installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system does not have to be performed by a professional. That’s right; you do not have to be a qualified plumber to fit an RO system. The only things you should be mindful of are some basic principles underlying how water behaves when running through pipes of any kind, especially how water tends to flow downwards and how bends in pipes can form kinks that will block the flow of the feed supply and will also prevent safe, efficient drainage. With these commonsense precautions in mind, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring that you can enjoy a long time of use, leak-free, mess-free and stress-free, from your new reverse osmosis model!
With a few simple tools, you will be able to have your system up and running in anywhere between one and two hours, perhaps even in less time (note – if you intend to put in a countertop model, the installation will be very much quicker). The tools necessary for the job are:
The first thing you will need to do is to mount the water supply feed. The RO system will come with a plastic supply tube. Push this tube into the inlet valve and tighten the nut until it feels tight.
The filter assembly unit needs to be fixed to the back or the side wall of the sink base. Consult the instruction guide to see what you have to set as the specific height for it. You will need to disconnect the mains water supply via the shut-off valves, which are generally located underneath the sink (you will need to work inside the cabinet beneath your sink). These valves can be manipulated easily without the need for any specialized tools. Just simply turn the shut-off value, and that should turn off the water supply. After the cold water has been shut off, install the tee or saddle valve that was supplied with the unit.
Then, take the water supply line (it’s color-coded) and cut it so that it goes above the cabinet base. This is to make sure that the line will not bend round and kink, thereby blocking the flow. After that, connect the tubing to the valve (the supply valve) and fasten these two pieces together.
Once you’ve done this, take the supply and waste lines that are connected to the faucet and cut them in order to shorten them. Be careful: do not cut the bigger black waste line yet (that will come later). Then, connect these lines to those fittings that you’ll find at the faucet base. Note that the black waste lines may go through the faucet base in order to stay safely above any sink backups that might occur; however, they do not become connected with the incoming supply. In other words, you have nothing to fear from dirty water entering your drinking water outlet, i.e., the faucet.
Connect the faucet with the sink and fasten it securely into place. Once you’ve done this, take the drain line adapter, and then connect it beneath the sink basket. After installing it, sever the waste line (make sure that it is able to flow downhill, free from any loops, which can cause problems), and then connect it into the adapter by pushing it in there.
Now comes the final part: the storage tank. Take it and set it in place first, then connect the last water line. Your system is ready for its first run – note, do not drink the water that is created here, on this first run! Your system needs to fill and run on a first go in order to prepare itself for the first production of drinking water, which will be produced the second time you use your RO system. Check your manufacturer’s instructions for details as to how this works, and for clarification on the process. After this sterilization process has been completed, your reverse osmosis system should be ready to give you great-tasting, ultra-clean, healthy water.