What is a sediment filter?
The sediment filter is a filter that sits at the bottom of your well water supply line and catches any sediment that gets past your whole house filtration system. This sediment can cause bad taste and odor in your water, which is why you need to have a sediment filter installed.
This type of filter will trap small particles, including pollen and dead skin cells. These particles can clog up your entire water system, including your hot water heater and other fixtures. You need to replace the sediment filter on a regular basis, because these filters are only effective for about two years before they become ineffective.
That‘s why it‘s important to have one installed on every well pump, so that you‘re always getting clean drinking water. If you don‘t have a sediment filter on your well pump, you could be setting yourself up for costly problems in the future.
What kind of sediment filter for well water?
There are two types of sediment filters that you can buy: under-sink and under-sink submersible. These two types are completely different, so you need to choose the one that‘s right for you.
Under-Sink Sediment Filter
An under-sink sediment filter is the most common type of sediment filter that people buy. It sits directly under your sink and is easily installed with a wrench or pliers. There are several models available for both indoor and outdoor use, but most of them look like a toilet tank.
It will fit on any standard 1/2“ or 3/4“ well water supply line, but you will have to have the exact size drilled into your concrete floor or wall in order to install it correctly. The top piece is connected to your house water supply line by way of a threaded pipe fitting that connects to the threaded end of your house water line.
The filter sits directly on top of the pipe, so it can‘t be removed once it‘s installed without damaging your home‘s plumbing system. Some models also come with a float valve in order to help maintain water pressure when not in use.
If you want an under-sink sediment filter that can be used outdoors, you‘ll need to buy a specific model that is specifically made for outdoor use. These models will also require you to install a float valve, but they will be completely waterproof and rust-proof.
Under-Sink Submersible Sediment Filter
If you want to save money and have an under-sink sediment filter installed in your well water supply line, you should consider buying an under-sink submersible sediment filter. These filters are designed for both indoor and outdoor use, and can be installed in your home‘s well water supply line with a wrench or pliers.
Most of them will come with the threaded end of your house water supply line already attached to the top piece of the filter. The bottom piece sits directly on top of your well pump or wellhead, so it cannot be removed without damaging your plumbing system.
Some models also come with a float valve in order to help maintain water pressure when not in use.
How much does it cost for a sediment filter?
The cost for an under-sink sediment filter will depend on the model you choose. You can expect to pay between $50 and $100 for a standard model that fits most standard 1/2“ or 3/4“ water lines.
If you want an under-sink sediment filter that can be used outdoors, you‘ll need to spend at least $100. A typical under-sink submersible sediment filter costs between $80 and $150, while an under-sink sediment filter that can be used outdoors will cost at least $200.
How often should I change my sediment filter?
It‘s important that you change your sediment filter on a regular basis, because these filters are only effective for about two years before they become ineffective.
You should change your sediment filter every two years, but if you live in an area where the water contains high levels of minerals and/or iron, it may be necessary to replace your sediment filter every year.
Most experts recommend replacing your sediment filter at least once a year in order to ensure that your home‘s plumbing system is getting clean drinking water.
Where can I get a sediment filter?
You can buy an under-sink sediment filter from your local hardware store or from a plumber‘s supply company. If you don‘t have a plumber, you can ask a friend or family member to install it for you.
If you want to save money, you can get an under-sink sediment filter from the manufacturer and install it yourself.
Does my water still taste bad if I have a sediment filter?
A good rule of thumb is that if your water still tastes bad after having a sediment filter installed, then your house may have some other problems. You may need to replace your whole house filtration system, so that you‘re getting clean drinking water at all times.
You should also contact your local public health department to see if they recommend having this type of filtration system installed in your home.
The fact that most under-sink sediment filters don‘t need a plumber‘s wrench or other tools makes them much easier to install than whole house filtration systems.
That‘s why most people prefer these filters for their home plumbing systems. The only problem with these filters is that they won‘t work well in areas where there are high levels of minerals and/or iron.