How To Disinfect Your Existing Water Filter System After a Flood or Hurricane

If your home has been involved in a flood or hurricane it’s very likely that your plumbing system may contain plenty of contaminants that can affect your water quality. It can be quite common for stormwater to make its way into clean drinking water after a major storm. The problem with stormwater entering into your water supply after a hurricane or flood is that it can cause gastrointestinal illness, reproductive issues, and neurological disorders to name just a few severe health problems.

Having a water filter or water treatment system in place can make sure that even after a natural disaster, your home can be kept safe from a variety of contaminants. Having a disinfectant plan for your water filter system after a flood or hurricane can be particularly important. Here are the steps involved with disinfecting your water filtration system.

Step One

Flush the system repeatedly until the water begins running clean. Remove the brine and well covers from the tank and pour out the water until none of the water remains. Thoroughly clean the inside of the brine tank with disinfectant and mix in chlorinated water for the tank to run a regeneration cycle.

Step Two

Systems that use carbon material to treat water need to be cleaned as well. Clean and scrub these systems with bleach and detergent and then insert a new carbon filter.

For a reverse osmosis filter system use a testing kit to make sure that the system first requires cleaning. Disinfect the filter with an induced chlorinated water solution and flush the system through several stages. If the system does not test positive for contaminants, it does not to be filtered.

Step Three

Verify that the chlorine and disinfectant have passed their way through the system and then prime the system and verify that it has all the pieces in place to begin producing clean water again.

This post was written by Kristian D’An, owner and water expert at Eco Water Solutions of Florida. Eco Water Solutions is a Tampa water softeners company. They offer whole home water solutions such as softeners, whole home water filtration systems, and reverse osmosis systems. Their focus is to provide Floridians with safe and clean water throughout the home.

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