Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-18-2010, 01:46 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 35
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


Originally I was going to have a plumber install a whole house filter under the house but held off. I figured after the shutoff under my house but that's in a crawlspace which I was concerned could be a problem during winter(freezing/cracking). Wanted the house filtered so all bath sinks/showers/toilets where covered as well as sink, fridge, etc... But since I was unsure about the installation I looked into one for under the kitchen sink so atleast that is filtered and I can then use the ice maker.

So yesterday i was looking at the whirlpool filters for under the kitchen sink at my local lowes/homedepot. Here's the concerns I had with this install. The cold pipe comes up from the floor/bottom and then 't's off going up and right, both going to valves. The valve going right is for the ice maker and the valve going up is for the sink. Now all the plumbing up to the sink is copper pipe, nothing flexible so wasn't sure if I could do that myself since I can't manipulate the pipe into the new filter/lines.

So how can should go about filtering my house? As I said, I looked at local stores for undersink filter but then with some searching online tonight I came across fridge water/icemaker specific filters. Should I be getting the icemaker filter for that valve line and a seperate filter for the sink valve? Or would one filter be ok for both? Is it even possible to use one filter considering the 2 valve setup i currently have under the sink?

Aside from the under sink setup/concerns....should I just go through with a full house filtering instead? Is it ok under the house or could I go about it a different way??

Thanks for any help with this!

Mike

Mike2181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2010, 07:54 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


All depends on what you are filtering. But I don't like undersink filters of any kind. Too hard to work on and too great a chance for damaging water spills. If you have fairly good water, a sink only filter is good, If you have a lot of sediment and other nasties, whole house is best.

Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2010, 11:31 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 35
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


Yeah, I don't trust the water in my area but as described in my post, my main concern was installation of these filters, undersink or whole house.
Mike2181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2010, 12:59 PM   #4
Water Treatment
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 748
Rewards Points: 526
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


I comes down to what are you looking at taking out of the water and if you are good with just the kitchen sink or you would like the bathroom shower as well.

Freeze should not be to big of a problem if you have gone through winters before and there has not been a freeze problem under the house.
Akpsdvan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2010, 08:35 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 35
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


Just moved into the house this year. I was being told that the house filter could possibly crack due to cold weather under the house but what would I be noticing now as far as a freezing problem under the house during the winter?
Mike2181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2010, 08:41 PM   #6
Electrician
 
Proby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 818
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


A whole house filter is going to filter ALL the water you use, shower, dish washing, even the toilets. Do you NEED this water to be cleaner? What exactly is wrong with your water, have you had it tested? I believe some companies will test it for free, I heard Sears is one of them so look into that.

A whole house filter will be expensive and need to be replaced more often since it is treating so much water.

If you have an under sink filter it is still going to be filtering unnecessary water, which is the water you use for dish cleaning. Why filter all the water coming out of your kitchen sink but not your bathroom sink?

Unless you have a really bad water issue, I'd recommend using a simple undersink filter with a separate spigot. This will allow you to get clean, filtered water for drinking and cooking, but use the normal unfiltered water for the dishwashing and other stuff.

This type of separate spigot system are easy to install and are very cost effective, while giving you good water. As for your ice maker, they make separate inline filters that you can put in the tubing going to the fridge.
Proby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2010, 09:47 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 35
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


Ok maybe I should have worded it differently....... if i go with a whole house filter, will it crack or cause some sort of issues being under the house? No other location to put it correct?

If I just put a filter under the kitchen sink how would I go about that? All copper pipe no flexible line and 2 seperate valves exist under the sink on the cold line as described above in my first post. So do i need two seperate filters.... one behind fridge for ice and other under sink since the pipe splits before i get to either shut-off valve?
Mike2181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2010, 11:14 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Install undersink filter or whole house!?


Why do you want to filter the water ?
Is there a specific problem to fix ?
Taste, smell, sediment...other ?

I put a whole house filter on to reduce sediment

Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trane whole house filter - Is it worth the money? Leoskee HVAC 4 03-25-2010 01:17 PM
Replace Whole House Air Filter kenm09 HVAC 5 02-26-2010 07:17 PM
whole house filter marin001 Plumbing 9 05-07-2009 11:28 PM
natural gas install to existing house sagechickie Building & Construction 9 04-22-2009 10:44 PM
install ceiling fan in 70 year old house truebaca Electrical 4 05-14-2008 08:42 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.