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Jim sent me an email saying he wants to invest in a Viqua IHS12-D4 UV system to make sure that the lake water at his cottage is bacteria free for his family and plans to install it himself because his cottage is in a remote location so the cost and inconvenience of getting a plumber on site would be high.

Also, since Jim is only there on weekends, it would be difficult to get a plumber there anyway. Jim wants to know, where should it be installed? Does it go before or after his existing filtration? What type of pipe do you need to use? Oh yeah, Jim’s handy, but doesn’t know how to solder so can he install this Viqua IHS12-D4 without soldering?

Relax, I’ll explain it all to you and Jim, starting right now. Hi I’m Gary the Water Guy and I simplify water filtration to help you conquer crappy water for your family! This video is perfect for any rural home, cottage or cabin owner, like Jim looking for installation tips and tricks while installing their own Viqua IHS12-D4 Ultraviolet Disinfection system to make sure their water is bacteria free for their family.

By the way, all of the information in this video also applies to the Viqua IHS10-D4 and the IHS22-D4 and of course the IHS22-E4.

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And like I suggested to Jim, If you’re not sure how a UV System works you may want to check out this video to learn a little more

 Before you start, keep in mind pre treatment requirements, you need to be below these limits, otherwise you’ll compromise the UV performance. Iron – 0.3 ppm, Hardness – 7 gpg, Trubidity – 1 NTU, Manganese – 0.05 ppm, Tannins – 0.1 ppm and above 75 % UVT but basically you need to make sure that the water is relatively clear and will not leave deposits on the sleeve. Also, consider the installation location. The UV is installed after your other water filtration equipment including water softener, iron filter and automatic backwashing filters. You’ll need to allow 20” of space above and 4” below the system for future maintenance. You also need to make sure that it will be protected from the weather and from freezing. You’ll need a standard 110 volt electrical outlet for power.

Check out my video on disinfection here.

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