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Hook up RO system to regular faucet?


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#1 LI-NY Tech

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:45 AM

I'd like to install an RO system in my kitchen.  I don't particularly like the look of the RO faucets/spouts and if possible would like to hook it up to my regular faucet.  The actual plumbing of this isn't a problem, I can hook it up to the cold water line of the faucet, and install a valve to switch to tap if the RO water runs out.  I understand the pressure won't be fantastic and the storage tank is small.

 

My question is more about the water itself.  From what I understand RO water is potentially harmful to metal.  Is this enough of an issue to stop me from running it through my main faucet?  If the faucet lines are not metal is there still an issue?

 

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#2 SANTA

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 11:29 PM

You can buy more attractive faucets like these. http://www.freedrink...color-alone.htm



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 06:52 AM

So it's not possible to hook it up to the main faucet?


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#4 Radio Loco

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 04:23 PM

" From what I understand RO water is potentially harmful to metal."

Don't know your system David, but my storage tank is metal. Had it for years and have not had any issues, other than regular cleaning and filter/ membrane changes.

Where did you hear this?
I think this will work. I once saw it on a cartoon.

Or, on the other hand.....

Troubleshooting the appliance's complex electro-mechanical systems is the methodology in which one must, by using analyitical techniques and the process of elimination, determine the cause or causes of a specific failure. Rarely does this cause of a failure directly present itself for you to see.

So.....

To be better equipped to troubleshoot, you will need:

1.) To follow this: Safety first and foremost. Trust your instincts.
2.) Basic hand tools.
3.) A decent DVOM meter. Buy one. Borrow one. You need one.
4.) Last, but certainty not least, common sense. Most of us have it. Slow down and use it.

Now, let's have some fun!

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:07 AM

I haven't yet purchased a system.  I was reading around the internet (which everyone knows is made up of all 100% factual information) and came across, multiple times, plumbers telling others that RO water cannot be run through copper or other metals because it "aggressive", whatever that means.  The impression I got was that they were trying to say that because RO water lacks minerals it will supposedly seek out minerals and pull content from the metal it runs through.  Is this not true?

 

If it's not true then I see no reason why an RO system cannot be run through my main faucet.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:45 PM

Honestly, I don't know anything about that.

RO systems are very common in the southwest due to our extreme hard water issues. And the tap water just tastes like crap because all the stuff they have to put in it to make it "safe" to drink.

If you decide to install one, remember there is alot of discard water. For every gallon, 1/3 is used (drinkable) and 2/3 is discarded (drained). My in-laws run their discarded water thru an exterior wall and water their back yard with it. A jungle in the desert, to give you an idea. But if the system is installed in the middle of the home, then it is usally tapped into the sink drain. Not alot of basements here.

As far as the metal thing goes, I think you will be fine. All the lineset is 1/4" poly. Disclaimer follows: talk to the RO distributors in your area and see what works best. I'm sure you already knew that.

Edited by beam current, 15 June 2014 - 02:52 PM.

I think this will work. I once saw it on a cartoon.

Or, on the other hand.....

Troubleshooting the appliance's complex electro-mechanical systems is the methodology in which one must, by using analyitical techniques and the process of elimination, determine the cause or causes of a specific failure. Rarely does this cause of a failure directly present itself for you to see.

So.....

To be better equipped to troubleshoot, you will need:

1.) To follow this: Safety first and foremost. Trust your instincts.
2.) Basic hand tools.
3.) A decent DVOM meter. Buy one. Borrow one. You need one.
4.) Last, but certainty not least, common sense. Most of us have it. Slow down and use it.

Now, let's have some fun!

ZIG:
Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try.
Success is the maximum utilization of the ability you have.

N.M.:
It always seems impossible until it's done.

#7 LI-NY Tech

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:12 AM

Good tip about the discarded water, I'll put it to use.  Thank you.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 08:11 AM

We have an RO system hooked up in our kitchen.  It's very easy to do and comes as a kit.  You will install a J-faucet which will serve only RO water.  The tank and filter assembly sit underneath the sink.  Here's the exact system we've used for years, includes all the hardware, adapters, and J-faucet:  4 Stage Reverse Osmosis 50 GPD Water Filter System






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