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In-home water treatment systems. Anyone have them?(5 posts)

In-home water treatment systems. Anyone have them?eyebob
Nov 12, 2003 2:55 PM
I'm considering getting a home water treatment system. I have the local city water and I get a ton of Calcium build-up and god knows what else. Any one have one? Any suggestions? I'm thinking that I'd like to get the one that is set up at the point of entry so that all water that's used is filtered (washing, drinking, etc.). I've not researched the costs yet either.

Thoughts?

BT
Wide range of options.jesse1
Nov 13, 2003 3:59 AM
I live in the sticks where there's no municipal water available, and the underground water has all kinds of minerals that either smell, and/or taste bad (not to mention what it does to cloths and fixtures).
One cheap option is to install a paper cartridge filter at the point of entry. They're available from places like Lowe's or Home Depot. These will take out sediment, and also some minerals.
There's also the option of the screw-on-the-faucet types, but that doesn't sound what you're looking for.
Get a couple of estimates from local water treatment companies for the whole house filter systems, but expect to pay from $1500-$6500! Stay clear of Culligan. They spend a lot on advertising, and little on training or quality equipment. I got screwed by them and had to replace a $3500 system within 4 yrs with one 1/2 the price from a local yokle company, and the cheaper one did a better job!
Go to Sears and pick up a free water testing kit and drop it off to them and they'll recomend a system (that they sell). That way you'll have an idea from the get go of what you're going to need to take care of your needs.
point of entry can be expensiveColnagoFE
Nov 13, 2003 9:18 AM
personally I just have a single canister filter under the sink that is used for cooking, icemaker, and drinking water. If you are really worried about pollutants get a double osmosis filter. A bit more $, but it filters out more stuff. Don't have any figures sincce it came with the house, but I don't think a setup like mine is much more than $100.
I'm no pro at this stuff, however I do have experience with it..No_sprint
Nov 13, 2003 11:33 AM
You have two choices, filtration or softening. You can filter stuff out of water (which is mostly for taste). If you want to get rid of calcium and other water *hardeners*, you'll need a water softening system. Two entirely different systems that do two different things. I almost sure a filtration system won't get rid of calcium.

A softening system will require to you introduce softener into the water at distribution. You'll need a place to store a small tank of the stuff. You'll also need a drain or brine line. You could possibly drain to outside, depending upon how much discharge you have. Beware of connecting this drain line to the sewer, you don't want a connection between the sewer and you're water system.
see this siteNo_sprint
Nov 13, 2003 11:34 AM
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question99.htm