With the help of a home water treatment system, you can be rest assured that the water you drink (and use for many other purposes) is as clean and safe as possible.

However, there’s something to keep in mind: a home water treatment system only works if it’s properly maintained.

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Filtration System

The first thing you need to remember is that every type of water filtration system has its own maintenance requirements (more on this below). You’ll want to learn more about maintenance before making a final decision on which type of system to install.

There are several tips you can follow regardless of the type of water filtration system you have:

1. Schedule Routine Inspections

A yearly routine inspection is a recommended and economical way to help ensure your system is running at its optimal capacity.

At the first sign of disruption, schedule a maintenance service. If you feel a difference in your quality of water, or hear your system making a sound that you have never heard before, it is better to address the issue in the beginning before it has time to cause any permanent damage to the system.

2. Install New Filter Cartridges as Necessary

Most systems have a feature that tells you when you need to change the filter, which takes all the guesswork out of the process. Be sure to check with your manufacturer on how often your filters need to be changed. Often, you will find a cheaper system needing their cartridges, and their membranes, changed more frequently. The maintenance will ad up and you will eventually end up paying more for a lower quality product. Here at Kinetico, we only recommend one yearly sanitation and cartridge change on our under-sink reverse osmosis systems. We will also send you a reminder postcard in the mail so you are able to schedule your maintenance in a timely manner.

3. Understand Specific Requirements

Prior to making a decision on your water treatment system, be sure to get all of your maintenance information upfront. For instance, a water softener will require you to add salt on a regular basis. A water filtration system which uses activated carbon will need its carbon re-bedded, or replaced, every x years. Certain systems will need its filters changed on a regular basis. Neglecting to fulfill these maintenance requirements can cause your equipment to malfunction, or worse, break down.


Understanding how to maintain your water treatment systems will help ensure zero disruptions to your quality of water. Just as you need to bring your car in for oil changes and rotate your tires, your water treatment system will work at its best when you are taking care of it routinely. A little upkeep here and there will ensure proper performance and longevity for years to come.