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How to clean and maintain your water purifier at home

By Pureit Water | December 17, 2021
Water purifier

Consumption of safe and clean drinking water is the most important element for our health. To ensure that one gets clean and safe drinking water, it is important to maintain a water purifier. Without proper maintenance and care, the water purifier will not function properly, and you may end up drinking contaminated water.

Water filters are designed to trap impurities such as chlorine, heavy metals, TDS, chemicals, etc. Here are some useful tips on how you can maintain and clean your water purifier for effective, trouble-free, and long-lasting operations.

Steps to clean the outer surface of your water purifier

  1. Do not use detergents, soap, or wet cloth to clean the external parts. Use dry and soft cloth to clean the front cover.
  2. Do not clean aggressively or rub the surface as this might lead to scratches
  3. Clean the tap nozzle using disinfectants like bleach/hypochlorite (50 PPM available chlorine). And do not forget to discard 2 litres of water after cleaning the dispenser
  4. Never splash water on the water purifier while cleaning
  5. Do not try to open the purifier for cleaning or any replacements. It’s advisable to call for a company technician

Steps to clean the storage tank of your water purifier

  1. Discard the water in the storage tank once in 15-25 days.
  2. Drain the water in the storage tank if purifier is not used for more than 2 days.
  3. Clean the storage tank once a month with a disinfectant solution. You can do this by putting 1 ml of the disinfectant solution (10–15 drops) into the storage tank (ensure the tank is full). Post that, drain the entire tank after 10 minutes.
  4. Ensure while cleaning, no foreign material (like dust/ants/insects/other pests) should enter the storage tank.

Other Important things to keep in mind

Maintain good hygiene around your water purifier - Ensure this area is free of ants/insects and other pests. Also, don’t forget to take care of the reject pipes and other tubes while cleaning the purifier, else water can flow into the kitchen.

Change your filters at regular intervals – The most essential aspect is to change your filter in the water purifier as and when they are due for replacement. If your water purifier has a filter indicator, look out for the indication. And if it doesn’t come with an indication, reach out to the service technician to understand about the filter replacement cycle.

  • Sediment filter - The sediment filter in a water purifier should be changed every 6-9 months. The pre-filter stage is designed to strain out the sediment, dirt and is crucial as the sediment filter protects dirt from getting to the RO membrane. If the filter is not changed when scheduled, dirt and silt can reach the RO membranes and begin to clog the membrane You can easily clean the sediment filter at home.
  • Carbon filter - Carbon filter helps to remove the chlorine and other contaminants that affect the performance and life of the RO membrane along-with the taste and odour of water. The Carbon filter should also be replaced every 12 months.
  • RO Membrane Replacement - The RO purifier comes with a semi-permeable membrane, which allows water to pass and filters out all additional contaminants. It is recommended to change the RO membrane in 1.5 to 2 years, basis the TDS level of your water.

Check for Drips and Leakages - Get professional help as soon as you notice drips or leakages. Water purifiers can create leakage if the right steps are not taken. Ask the professional to thoroughly check the water purifier to know the cause of the leakage and save the machine from damage.

Call for Annual Maintenance & Service - To avoid any serious problem with your water purifier, make sure that you get the help of a professional to replace the filters. It is extremely critical to take care of people around us and our health seriously, and hence it is recommended to take necessary steps to maintain the hygiene of your water purifier.

Maintaining a water filter is not that difficult as brands like Pureit water purifiers are designed with Advanced Alert System which gives one a warning to clean and replace the filters timely. One simply has to follow the tips to keep the water purifier working in perfect condition.

FAQs

  • How to clean a water purifier at home?

    Scrub the paper layer off both sides with a brush and warm water with one or two spoonfuls of bleach. To sanitize the water filter, soak it completely in the water-bleach solution. Rinse everything well with clear water.

  • How to clean RO filters?

    Allow some time for the system to settle before removing the filter RO purifier housings. Replace the filter housings after removing the Reverse Osmosis membrane and filters. Soft water is used to remove any contaminants that may be present in the system. Rinse the filter housings well after cleaning them with a soap solution.

  • Do reverse osmosis systems need maintenance?

    Reverse osmosis systems should be maintained on a regular basis for maximum efficiency. RO systems typically contain three, four, or five filter stages. Because chlorine and TDS can damage the RO membrane, this is critical. Also, every 6-9 months, this carbon filter should be updated.

  • How do I know if my RO membrane needs replacing?

    When to Replace Your RO Membrane

    • An increase in the RO permeates conductivity, as related to their water quality need, with time, usually after 3 years (the membrane manufacturer's warranty period).
    • A reduction in the permeate/product flow rate as a function of water requirement.

  • How often should I change RO purifier?

    Reverse Osmosis Membrane - Every 24 months, replace the reverse osmosis membrane. Carbon Post Filter - Replace this filter every 12 months to guarantee that the water is of high quality. Don't wait until the taste becomes an issue.

  • How to Stay Hydrated While Traveling?

    Here are a few things you can do to stay hydrated while traveling:

      Take a portable water bottle with you. It's easy to forget about your refillable water bottle when traveling because it's large, heavy, or both.
    • On the plane, you should drink water.
    • Water is a great way to start and end your day.
    • Foods and beverages that dehydrate the body should be avoided.
    • Consume foods that are high in water.

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