The Water Blog Frequently Asked Questions about Wyckomar UV Systems

I Have a UV - Yet the Water Test Comes Back with a Count ... ?

Posted on August 9, 2016

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The key to using your UV water treatment system successfully involves a little bit of understanding just how the system works. If you have installed your UV system in your home and you continue to get a bacteria count please read this acticle carefully.

A UV disinfection system is designed to sterilize the water as it passes through the UV chamber. The UV light inside the chamber blasts the water with high-intensity UV light at a specific frequency (254 nm) and this is what destroys the bacteria that may be lurking in your water stream.

It is critical to understand that the disinfection process only takes place inside the UV chamber... there is no additional disinfection effect after the water leaves the stainless steel chamber and therefore any bacteria that happens to be inside the pipes downstream of the UV chamber, can still contaminate your drinking water throughout the home.

This can be easily cured by following the simple instructions in the Wyckomar User Manual called "Disinfecting Your Water System" (page 10). Performing this simple process to clean out the pipes will solve the problem of downstream bacteria buildup. Essentially this process flushes a disinfectant fluid through the pipes to kill any contaminants that may be lodged in the piping system and will allow your UV system to then take-over the disinfection duties.

This flushing process must be completed when the UV system is installed and whenever water may have been allowed to pas through the UV chamber without the UV lamp on. Remember that your UV system is designed to operate 24/7 and there is no need to turn of the UV light for an entire year at which time you should replace the UV lamp with a fresh new lamp to maximize the UV disinfection effect.

Now that you understand a little more about how your UV system works, you can see that proper installation and a minimum of regular maintenance will ensure that your UV will give you many years of uninterrupted service.

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