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Installing a Reverse Osmosis Tank with Carly

Installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system in your home may seem overwhelming at first–but it doesn’t have to be. And you don’t have to take our word for it! Recently, our friend  Susan Domelsmith Cabral worked with Matriarchy Build Pro Carly Carey (via Zoom!) to install her system in the span of an afternoon. Afterward, we chatted with Carly to get tips on installing your own reverse osmosis water filtration system, and some helpful tools you should have on hand (spoiler alert: it’s easier to do than it sounds!). 

What is a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System?

“A reverse osmosis system (RO) is an efficient way of filtering your water and removing unwanted contaminants from water. It is especially useful if you need extremely purified water or live in an area where safe water is scarce,” Carly says.

How does a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System Work? 

Reverse osmosis is a process by which chemicals, metals, bacteria, dirt, chlorine, and other contaminants are separated out from drinking water with a porous membrane; the water passes through the membrane drop by drop, which is why having a tank is so important! The system works on a molecular level and is 99 percent effective in eliminating these elements from water.

Is it Easy to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System On Your Own at Home?

Carly says yes! “This is a job that a newbie could do themselves. Instructions that come with most kits are super helpful–and with a little help from a Matriarchy Build pro, it’s even easier.”

What Do You Need to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System at Home?

“There are some tools needed, like a drill and some drill bits, a crescent wrench, and a screwdriver.”

How Do You Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System? 

Carly suggests definitely reading your specific RO instruction manual first. “Once you get what the system is doing, you better understand what goes where and why. This understanding made it so much easier to install.”

Then, in terms of installing it, Carly says, “you want to make sure you have reliable shut-off valves for the water lines that feed your kitchen faucet. You turn the water off, add a new valve for the RO system, then you install and hook up the filters, install the tank, hook up all waterlines between the various parts of the system, and install the drain section of the system. The next step is to test all connections and then flush the tank before use.”

Any Last Tips on Installing an RO Water Filtration System at Home? 

Carly mentions that “there is upkeep on a RO system and this upkeep will differ depending on the system that is installed. But for all systems, filters need to be replaced and the RO tank needs to be flushed. This needs to happen at least annually and some systems call for this maintenance more often.” 

Otherwise, she says, “it can seem overwhelming, but when broken down into smaller parts, not so scary!”


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