Installing Adapter to the Faucet
Installing a faucet water filter is pretty simple. At first, you will need to install an adapter. Note that every sink has a specific round tip at the end. Remove the aerator (usually by simply unscrewing it) and try out different adapters. When you find the one that fits perfectly, place the rubber gasket on the adapter, and screw the adapter onto the faucet. When the adapter is installed, your tap will be ready for installing the filter. Check the Water Filters Advisor’s blog for more information.
Installing Filter to the Adapter
First, unscrew the top of the filter, so that you can place cartridge. It’s usually in a plastic wrapping, so when you remove the wrapping, place the cartridge into the top of the filter unit. Most cartridges have an “arrow” in front, which needs to be aligned with the front side of the filter. PUR filters usually have a logo in front, so in that case, you should align the arrow with the logo. Then, all you have to do is to install the filter onto the adapter. Put the filter unit against it and push until you hear a click. That’s it!
What Faucet Filters Actually Do?
When you turn on the faucet, the water passes through a specific area around the filter. This area traps larger particles, such as sand and dirt. Then, the water goes through a particular block that consists of zeolite and carbon granules. Those granules have millions of tiny pores on the surface, which act like a sponge. That’s why carbon is used in most water filters, no matter if it’s a faucet or under-sink filter. Obviously, if the water flows slowly, it will be cleaner.
Now, let’s do some calculations. The average faucet filter can treat around 100 gallons of water properly. If the family uses 3 gallons of water every day (for showering, coffee, drinking, etc.), the filter will last for 30-40 days.
Also, you should know that not all water filters are the same. Most faucet filters remove particles of 5-10 microns in size. Some really good filters get down to 0.5 microns, while filters with Reverse Osmosis System remove particles of 0.0001 microns in size!
DIY Installing Faucet Water Filters: FAQs
Can you install a faucet water filter on pull-out faucets?
Theoretically, you can find a way around, but it’s not advisable. It’s better to install a separate drinking water faucet, and then install the filter.
Do PUR filters fit all faucets?
Yes, PUR filters should fit all the faucets built according to modern standards. However, as mentioned, you shouldn’t try to install it on a pull-out faucet.
Which is better - PUR or Brita filter?
PUR and Brita are very popular when it comes to water filters. After a throughout testing, we noticed that PUR is much better and filtering highly-contaminated water. On the other hand, after filtering with Brita, we noticed a better taste. Shortly, PUR is better at filtering, while Brita satisfies the taste tests.