Backwashing Your Chief Whole House Filtration System
Backwashing your Chief whole house filtration system will help it last longer and provides you and your family with clean, clear water for years to come. The process is simple, we can show you how!
When you invest in a Chief whole house filtration system, you will want to keep it running optimally. The secret to maintaining a whole house filtration system is routinely keeping it clear and flowing. This can be achieved with regular backwashing. Backwashing is simple and can be performed by any homeowner with the right tools and technique. Let’s show you how.
Step 1: Understanding Why We Do It
Just like an air filter in your home, your water filter catches dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants in the water. Over time, those contaminants can clog up your filter, making it less efficient at cleaning your water. Instead of replacing the filter, we use a backwashing technique to clean out the filter and have it flowing more efficiently once again.
Step 2: Tools & Technique
Backwashing is incredibly simple and only requires a typical garden hose. The one aspect of backwashing that may be a bit confusing are the controls you will need to understand in order to properly flush your system. These can be found once you remove the cover to your whole house filtration system.
To begin the backwash process, do the following:
- Turn off the orange valve. This cuts off the water that goes to your home. You want the valve to be perpendicular to the pipe.
- Turn off the blue valve, turning it perpendicular to the pipe.
- Turn on the black valve, turning it parallel to the pipe. This sends water through the back of the filter.
- Attach your garden hose to the faucet attachment located next to the blue valve and turn the water on.
- Kink the hose to build up pressure in the filter and let it go, which will clean the filter.
- Repeat the process of kinking and letting the hose go a few times until the water has run for at least five minutes.
- Close the faucet next to the blue valve and unhook your garden hose.
Now that you have successfully backwashed, you will need to forward wash your system. Do the following:
- Reopen the blue valve and close the black valve.
- Attach your hose to the faucet next to the orange valve.
- Let the garden hose run for a minute or so to clear any carbon powder.
- Kink the hose and then let go a few times to forward flush the system.
- Turn off the faucet going to the hose and disconnect the garden hose.
- Turn the orange valve back on to restore flow of water to your home.
Environment Masters can assist you in backwashing your system with our maintenance plan. If you have any questions about the process or how we can help you get cleaner water for your family with a Chief whole house filtration system, contact us at (601) 353-4681 today!