Where to install a water filtration system?

The quality of the water you will get from your well could vary from very good to very poor. Therefore, proper planning of the mechanical room layout of your house is a wise move.

If the house plan only allows for a narrow space for water entry, such as under a staircase, and the quality of the water from your well requires major water treatment, the space required for the water treatment system(s) will often cause issues. If the space is too tight, the installation of the water treatment system(s) will have to be done in a room adjacent to the mechanical room, a place where you probably would not have thought of storing large water treatment cylinders.

Location of accessories

When drawing up the plans, it is always preferable to ensure that the water inlet, the pressure tank, the sump pump, the water heater, a sewer return pipe and a 110-volt electrical outlet are all located in the same place.

In addition, this space must be large enough for the possible installation of one or more water treatment systems. The ideal floor space to plan for would be 7.5 sq. ft. or 1.5 feet x 5 feet. If it is smaller, you may not have enough space to install a water treatment system. Available space is one of the key factors in installing a more efficient and economical water treatment system.

It may be wise to plan for a room to store all the equipment. It should be noted that most water treatment systems need to wash themselves out during the least busy time of the day, producing water flow noise. If you’re planning on having a bedroom in the basement, its location can be chosen accordingly.

Drainage well

We strongly recommend that you install a drainage well in the floor of the mechanical room with a sump pump connected directly to the ditch. This could be very useful when there is a break in the piping or in the hot water tank, or if the basement is flooded for any reason. It also makes it easier to drain the hot water tank at the required intervals and allows the water from the well to flow through the hose connected to the pressure tank directly into the sump pump, for example, if you need to drain the water from the house.

Pressure tank

The pressure tank is installed at the water inlet of the house. We recommend a minimum capacity of 20 gallons to minimize the pump start-up cycle.

The tank has a T-connection and must be equipped with the following: pressure gauge, pressure switch, hose drain valve, safety valve and main water inlet valve.

Drain pipe

If your water quality requires treatment, the water treatment system(s) will need to be connected to a drain return pipe. Normally, in the basement, the drain pipes are visible on the ceiling. It is best not to finish the walls and ceiling of the mechanical room of the house until you have connected the water treatment system drain pipe to the drain.

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