Simpler than we expected
The plumber from Schaible’s installed the filter bracket and made the connections in about an hour. Because we needed the storage space under the sink, he chose an appropriate home for the filter system in the basement, directly below the sink. This decision proved itself because the system also requires an exhaust line; the system removes contaminants from the water using pressure to force water molecules through a semipermeable membrane. During this process, the impurities are filtered out and flushed away, leaving clean, delicious drinking water. Fortunately, our sump pump was across the room, and he ran a line above the drop ceiling to the sump hole.
As you can see from the photos, there are four easily accessible cartridges in the R/O bracket, along with two others, which I’ll explain in a minute. The cartridges need replacement between three and twelve months, depending on the usage and the content of the water:
- Stage 1 is a sediment filter (3-12 month life cycle)
- Stage 2 is a pre-carbon filter (6-12 months life cycle)
- Stage 3 is the carbon filter (6-12 month life cycle)
- Stage 4 is a membrane (1 to 3-year life cycle)
The final stage is a post-carbon filter and a re-mineralization kit. Water directly from the reverse osmosis system is so pure that it has an almost metallic taste. Remineralized water contains useful minerals for the body, including calcium, magnesium, and sodium, to the drinking water, beneficial to our bodies. Remineralized water improves the taste of the water and also quenches thirst more effectively.