Installing an under sink water filter involves plumbing works to connect the filter kit to a faucet and the water supply. You can install the filter to a new faucet that will separately give you clean drinking water or to an existing faucet in the kitchen. You can undertake this as a DIY project. All you need are some unsophisticated tools like a wrench and a drill.

Installation

Unlike the installation process of a whole-house filtration system, the installation on an under-sink water filter is quite straightforward. Some factors to consider for a successful project include:

  1. Some experience in plumbing works
  2. Availability of the required plumbing materials

Tools and Materials

  1. Drill
  2. Adapter
  3. Adjustable wrench
  4. Screwdriver
  5. Teflon tape
  6. underwater filter kit

Shutoff the Cold Water

In the video below, Katie explains how to shut off the water under your sink:

 

Before starting, shut off the water supply at the cold water shutoff. There should be a shutoff valve under the sink. You can archive this by making lose the nuts and taking the tubing from the valve fitting. This action disconnects the shutoff valve and the cold water line.

You can use the adjustable wrench to free the nuts that hold the tubing on the faucet. You can now easily remove the tubing. Some water may still remain in the water supply line. Drain this water out by opening the faucets. It is important to ensure this happens to avoid water spilling all over your kitchen.

Marking the Location

Marking where you will fix the water filter relative to the cold water line is a critical step. Two important things to note when doing this activity:

  1. Enough space below the water filter system for servicing. The space should allow you to remove the under sink water filter housing and replace the cartridges.
  2. In case you need to install a new faucet, note the positioning of the filter. You also need to check the location of the faucet on your sink.

Most filter kits will be shipped with a mounting bracket. You can mark the spots you will mount the filter through the holes on the mounting bracket. Drive your screws about halfway where you made the marks.

Making the Connections

The best option to connect the filter and the pipes is a flexible supply line called a “flex line.” They are made from stainless steel. Most filter kits have plastic tubing, which is not ideal for this type of connection.

The flexible lines are much sturdier and thread easily onto the brass fitting compared to the plastic ones. On the filter head, use Teflon tape to thread the brass fittings. The tape is meant to provide a reliable seal. You can use the wrench to tighten the connection.

With the brass fitting in place, connect the flex lines onto the “inlet” and “outlet ports on the filter.

Making a Hole in the Sink

This step is dependent on the need for a new faucet to dispense filtered water. A typical hole measures 1 1/4 inches.

Before drilling, you need to consider the following:
1. The material of countertop: Various materials demand different techniques. 2. Confirm the spot you want to drill the hole on the sink.

Make the hole using the drill. The diamond-tipped hole saw method is useful for granite and ceramic countertop sinks. For a steel sink, you could utilize a carbide-tipped blade. Watch out for overheating.

Separate the Water Line to the Kitchen Sink

This is dependent on if you are installing a new faucet on the sink. The main aim is to have two separate lines running to your kitchen sink. You will need a splitter that will split the cold water line from the one running to the new faucet.

Take the tubing that we disconnected earlier after shutting off the valves. Attach the splitter. If the splitter does not fit, you will need an adapter to adjust the fitting size up or down. Some kits come with their own adapter. Otherwise, you can get them from local hardware stores.

Fixing the Filter

Fixing the filter involves connecting the filter’s two valves to the tap water and to the faucet. Once done, fasten the screws that were halfway done. The mounting bracket secures the filter to the underwater sink.

Install the New Faucet

Attach a hose to the water filter, long enough to connect to the new faucet at the kitchen sink. The hole you made in the sink is utilized at this point.

Insert the faucet into the hole. You then need to fasten the hose to the bottom of the faucet. For proper attachment of the faucet to the sink, apply putty. It helps hold the faucet in place while preventing leaks.

Turn the Water Back on

Confirm all connections and fittings are secure. First, you need to leave the faucet open. Allow the water to flow through the shutoff valve by turning it. There might be an air release when you turn the water back on.

Checking the Plumbing Connections

The project is complete by checking the entire connection settings. Check each valve, every adapter to ensure it is correctly installed. Open the water supply and let it run through the system for several minutes to clear any dirt left. Check under the sink to ensure that the system is not leaking.

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Final Thoughts

Under-sink filters are a great way to purify drinking water. Unlike the process of installing a whole-house water filter on a well, you can go ahead and install the system by yourself. Installation involves simple steps and processes. Start by shutting off the cold water valve. Proceed by cutting, fitting, and fixing the kit. Time taken for the whole installation should be around 1 hr.

About the Author

Paul Morton

Paul is a retired plumber who now spends hours on home improvement projects. From fixing toilets to leaking pipes in crawls spaces, there is nothing Paul can't do or wouldn't try. Paul was running his own plumbing company and is our expert in regard to all types of water filtration systems.

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