Stagnant is the enemy of water quality. Any time water sits there is the chance that bacteria growth can occur. When you add some warmth, some strains of bacteria go wild, so we are coming to the time of year where the phone rings more often for bacteria and odors related to bacteria. Any time your water treatment system is going to be off-line for a long period of time, it is good practice to disinfect it before beginning to use the water again. This is especially important with equipment that is stored off season, or with seasonal properties.
Surfaces can also aid in the growth of bacterial colonies. These colonies may not actually represent a serious health issue as much of the bacteria present in our water is simply plant or soil bacteria. However, an over colonization can lead to the buildup of odors or sliminess.
Changing a Cartridge:
A cartridge filter needs to be changed when you notice a pressure drop, or 3 times per year if no pressure drop is noted. Color alone does not necessarily signify the cartridge needs changing.
- Turn off the water before and after the filter, and place or hold a bucket underneath the filter. Note: A ball valve is in the off position when the handle is perpendicular to the pipe it is on.
- Depress the red button on top of the filter to depressurize. Or, if your system has a faucet next to the cartridge housing, you can use that to depressurize. Water will flow but should stop quickly.
- Using the wrench supplied, turn the sump right to left, which is clockwise (facing top view down), 1-2 turns. Unscrew the remainder by hand.
- Drain the sump and replace the cartridge, adding one teaspoon of chlorine bleach (unscented Clorox) to the sump.
- Screw the holder back on, making sure the “O” ring is in place, and hand tighten. Follow up with a half turn or turn with the wrench, but do not over-tighten.
- Turn on the water slowly on the incoming side to fill the filter. A leak at this stage indicates either a missing “O” ring or some grit or sand along the edge of the housing or “O” ring.
- Turn on the water on the outgoing side.
- Contact us if you have questions!