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Old 08-24-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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RO Unit install question

I just purchased a RO unit for my new tank setup. I have never had my own and I am not a plumber. It came with a self piercing saddle valve for copper pipe.

My question is I am building the tank in the basement. I will have an ajoining room where I will store the sump, all equipment, and the RO unit. There is no sink or water connection in this room. But this is where the hot water heater is stored.

I purchased a control valve to control water flow to the unit. Can I simply install the saddle valve on a cold water line near the hot water heater since there will be a control valve controling flow?

All answers are appreciated.

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Old 08-24-2007, 01:50 PM   #2
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You could. Saddle valves are not my favorite but it should work. I am no plumber either so take my advice lightly.

Since there is no sink, where are you going to put the RO waste line? You are going to have to have someplace to drain that. I have my waste line hooked up to the drain from my washing machine.
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I guess I will just have to have the waste line drain into a bucket and empty the bucket occasionally...

Would that work?
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It will work but you will have to empty it rather often. The waste line puts out a fair amount of water.

As for the control valve, why do you need it?
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May not, do I?

How else do I control when water is going into the unit?
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I missunderstood. You will need that I thought you were using something to reduce the amount of pressure. No of course you will need to be able to shut the water off going into the unit.

sorry about that.
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But just to be sure, I can tap the saddle valve anywhere in a cold water line and put a control valve on it and be fine, right?
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Yes. Just be prepared of the saddle valve to leak a bit at first. It will eventually seal itself off. I don't like them but sometimes that is what you have to use.
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Just to chime in with a suggestion - I'd really really really consider doing something with the waste line rather than just putting it in a bucket. You're looking at anywhere between 3-5x the amount of waste water for the amount of filtered water you get. You will, at some point, forget to empty your bucket or turn off your valve. And a little bit of water can make a real BIG mess in a really short time. Expensive too.

Just my nickel's worth...
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I agree!
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