How to Install a Whole House Water Filter



so a couple years ago when we moved in we immediately noticed that the water had kind of a funky taste and smell to it yeah so we put on this water filter and that's been doing okay here but it doesn't address the rest of the house it's also a little bit bulky makes it hard to watch this little yeah it doesn't look backery and it also takes a few minutes before the filtration system starts to work so we're looking for a more permanent solution so what are you doing I'm going to give you a taste is this the filtered or unfiltered see if you can figure it out I trust you know something try this one kind of low tiny that's a good description part I didn't have a solution let's go okay all right down your basement here's the main water feed that comes into your house right here there's an old shuttle that looks like right here we don't touch that there's a nice new ball valve I'm glad you have that did you know that this was here I did every homeowner should know just in case alright your water meters right here and now the water comes through this pipe right here and goes out to the whole house what I want to do is cut into this and do it in two parts we're going to start with a pre-filter the water is going to come through here and inside this is a spun woven cylinder and that's going to pick off any particles say they work on the water main out in the street or any dirt and rust it'll actually come through this spun woven fiber and get trapped here it's going to exit this pre-filter but at this point we haven't done anything for your taste no to have only protected this second filter now inside this is big canister here it's actually filled with granulated activated carbon which is really no different what you had upstairs well what it looks like is this you can see this the black is actually the granulated carbon and that'll actually has the water passes through it it'll clean up taste and odor and really sweeten the water so now all I have to do is pipe it all in I'll attach a piece of plywood to the brick wall using a masonry bit and concrete screws that'll serve as a nice base to mount the bracket for the pre-filter it's important to clean the pipes before making any connection if the pipe is not cleaned before soldering the metal solder may not fill the joint properly this house doesn't have a drawer off down in the basement so we'll do it the old-fashioned way by cutting into the pipe or draining the excess water into a bucket I'll use adaptive physics to transition the pipe from the plastic filter housing to the copper I have to solder them away from the filters to avoid melting the plastic rest of the project is a lot of dry fitting and plenty of solder all right time to say hello to your new filter system all right cut the t's in right here on the main water line comes down through right here on its way to the pre-filter I put a shutoff valve and that's a ball valve you can tell by the handle the direction of flow the waters passing through and okay goes through comes down goes through the granulated activated carbon reservoir right here leaves here now it's sweet water clean right through here again another shutoff valve and then it goes out to the house now here's your shutoff so that should always be in the open position but you notice this one I added right here it's always closed the reason for that is someday these filters should clog if it's collecting impurities sooner or later it would clog and need service so I've added this bypass to allow you or anybody to shut these off and open this up so that just during the pier you got to service it water still goes that's okay but in normal position close open open time turn the water on all right your new whole house filters in the water is back on I've taken off the old filter off the spout and now you have not only filtered water here but every faucet now it is time for your test excellent give that a shot see how we did that's really good perfecto you're going to give her glass backer I'll have you drop it back so in that situation you are just fixing a taste and an odor issue you're not really addressing a safety issue right municipal water supplies have an obligation a safety standard they have to live by it but not really cosmetics you know the taste and odor can change a little bit so what is the maintenance on these things because I guess if they're doing their job they will get dirty depends depends on the water quality meaning at this first place if the waters got a lot of impurities are particulate it's going to stick here and over time it just gets more and more condensed now you'll see it you'll see it showing up as a drop in water pressure upstairs because there's more pressure drop as it tries to squeeze through all that far now so with this device unscrew it take turn it off come in with a handle get it rid of it about 20 bucks that's a little more complicated how long is this going to last us before it either clogs up or is no longer effective and when it does what do you do again that depends on the water quality the manufacturer says about five years you should look at it there's a fair amount of mass in here below that particular so it'll take a while to clog if you have to change it there's two choices want us to break these unions put a whole new unit in but then that's pretty expensive because you'll find actually this that's right the stainless steel in all of it so now you can also just take this apart clean out all the goop all the old carbon dump it and then recharge it with a new load and you're back in business cool all right well good information and good that it's no longer low tidy

44 Comments

  • kooling it

    April 15, 2019

    Sooooooo everyone ignores how he drank after her 4:38

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  • Kevin V. Backer

    April 15, 2019

    I’ve been visiting kitchen tool reviewing blogs (reviews, healthykitchen101, etc.) and they just don’t have as good visual instructions like your video. Keep up the good work!
    Oh and for you home owners who don’t remember things well like me, take a picture of something complicated (electric board, water filter vaults…) and leave it in case you need something fixed and don’t know how to restore things to their original position.

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  • foodeater42

    April 15, 2019

    So their shower water is filtered as well? Sounds like a waste.

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  • David Azinger

    April 15, 2019

    Creating a bypass so you can have water while changing the filter is not something 1 plumber in 1,000 would do — go the extra mile. Amazing fittings / world class job. Curious to know what brand and what style of filtrations system he put in.

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  • Moet Caccitore

    April 15, 2019

    TOH usually has it right except for this video. They've got it bass-akards. For "whole house" you do not need carbon filtered drinking water at every water outlet in the entire house. Only where you're actually using the faucet for drinking or making ice at the fridge.

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  • Janette J. Waldrop

    April 15, 2019

    Can I use carbon filter instead of sponge for the pre-filtration? I read somewhere on Healthy Kitchen 101 that a 10-micron activated charcoal is second to none. Not saying the sponge isn’t effective, I’m just looking for alternatives just in case, though.

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  • PURPLEFISH

    April 15, 2019

    I'd hate to see that main valve blow up all over the electricity box right there like inches away. Wtf

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  • bbtank3000

    April 15, 2019

    At the end of the video, Richard seems like he's in a rush to go pee or something. Thinking: "stop asking questions, I gotta go!"

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  • Flatus Antiquitous

    April 15, 2019

    Putting in a whole house sediment filter is always a good idea. I don’t see why you would treat all of the house’s water for taste with that gigantic expensive carbon filter though. I don’t think your toilets, washing machine, showers or bathtub care how the water tastes. It would be far more economical to put a carbon filter on just the cold water line running to the kitchen. They come in much smaller size that the homeowner can change out easily when needed and it won’t restrict water flow to the rest of the house.

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  • Aspen Water Solutions

    April 15, 2019

    Was that a surgical stainless steel tank with a Clack valve?

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  • Fluoride pickled paddys

    April 15, 2019

    this is why your water is crap FLUORIDEALERT .ORG

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  • Darf liter

    April 15, 2019

    All water should be tested by more than one water testing company. The results will state what is wrong with it and these results should be given to different manufacturers of water purification companys.
    They in turn will give you the information that best suits your needs for issues with your water. Talk to the sellers over the phone to better understand how their products will work for you.
    Some problems such as arsenic, chlorine, radioactivity removal, iron removal and many items that make water not safe.

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  • Mr Assasin

    April 15, 2019

    4:36 he drink after her

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  • T Hayden

    April 15, 2019

    What about if you have a 2” water line coming into the house?

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  • Alexander

    April 15, 2019

    The solution: water bottles

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  • Francisco Juarez

    April 15, 2019

    Those pelican filters come with a by pass on the carbon tank so there’s really no need to put a bypass in the water line. That’s what those red handles are for.

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  • My Turn

    April 15, 2019

    Can I turn off by switching the valves off?

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  • YOUCAR Youtube

    April 15, 2019

    I cant even install whole house filter because i live in a flat in my next house i will install it

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  • Wayne Blake

    April 15, 2019

    Mywhite filter gets dirty in three month

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  • debunker300

    April 15, 2019

    I enjoy these types of videos, but they are always missing the one thing everyone wants to know….COST? How much for the unit, how much to have it installed?

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  • Matt B

    April 15, 2019

    He stole her glass!

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  • KD8HNF Amateur Radio

    April 15, 2019

    Water Bob
    Did anyone notice that he installed the valve going into the new filter backwards ?

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  • seeburgm100a

    April 15, 2019

    Did same on my house. However I used a 20 filter which is twice as tall in a clear housing so you can actually see how dirty the sediment filter is. AND I added that whole house drain he mentions not having and doesn't address.

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  • aquariuswithfire

    April 15, 2019

    Once you close the valves to isolate the filters for service, how do you de-pressurize them so you can unscrew the canister? Is there a relief valve in the system?

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  • kingo2603

    April 15, 2019

    Should have a ground wire jumper across both units. Their was a ground wire on the main.

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  • Dianne Reimer

    April 15, 2019

    I have a diatomaceous earth filter cannibalized from my pool. Would that work as a whole house filter??

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  • Mario Salas

    April 15, 2019

    What about all the old pipes pass the filter?

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  • CHASER

    April 15, 2019

    what, no moisture barrier between that white plywood and the masonry wall?

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  • MyEyesBled

    April 15, 2019

    Don’t waste your time with string & paper element filters… they just make themselves huge amounts of money on filter replacements… use self cleaning charcoal systems instead… https://youtu.be/BV4ajqsXwBc

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  • i 0x80

    April 15, 2019

    The acting is horrible

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  • vince j

    April 15, 2019

    does anyone know what size of pipe he is using?

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  • Orion Domain

    April 15, 2019

    We have Aquatic filter systems whole home system. Problem water three systems over ten years nothing made it perfect until the WellGuru. Best whole video on his channel sold me. Those inline filters clog in two weeks.

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  • sajidhasan34

    April 15, 2019

    any idea for salt water???

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  • 3348harley

    April 15, 2019

    Richard, We have well water which has rust, sulphur and tannin. will the addition of these two filters cure these issues. Thank you.

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  • Mutant Baby

    April 15, 2019

    My pipes are all inside the walls. How the fuck do I do this?

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  • Angel Velasco

    April 15, 2019

    its this systems has draing ,,,,,,,, i never seee running the draing of the softeners to any p-trap

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  • Munzur Mamiki

    April 15, 2019

    What about fluoride (poison) in your tap water?

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  • Zaxaris Petixos

    April 15, 2019

    If you do not service them or use them regulary it is more safe to not use them

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  • Dasdfjkl

    April 15, 2019

    They need the large filter to be made cheaply so it can be thrown away, just like the pre-filter is. Changing that expensive stainless steel filter or cleaning it every 5 years is no good.

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  • James Poole

    April 15, 2019

    Doesn't do anything for fluoride, this poison needs to be taken out of our drinking water.

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  • Jason C.

    April 15, 2019

    Copper is still the safest as there are none of the health issues or concerns typically associated with Pex and other types of plumbing materials. As long as lead free solder is used and all connections are properly de-bured and cleaned of course.

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  • ronald walters

    April 15, 2019

    shit while your at it can you do the same thing to my water meter to where i can shut the water off to the meter anytime i feel to offset the cost lmao thats something id do while im at it hahaha

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  • Tom Close

    April 15, 2019

    all you need is a water softner this is a waste of money!

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  • sonsofthunder

    April 15, 2019

    Good thing he only has to clean the first cut

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