He brought a chemistry-set type kit with him and my takeaways were:
1) we basically may as well be drinking raw sewage
2) I feel lucky that everyone in my family isn’t already dead
Joking aside, he did get me thinking about the benefits of “soft” water and the potential health benefits of filtering out the harmful stuff.
Here’s the report of our water:
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- Chlorine (disinfectant added to the water to control microbes) = above 6.0 parts per million (normal pool levels are 1.0-2.0 parts per million) - Bromine (another disinfectant added to the water to control microbes) = 2.4 parts per million - Nitrates (runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits) = 1 parts per million - Hardness (buildup of calcium and magnesium sediment in the water) = 8 grains per gallon (soft water is less than 1 grain per gallon)
1. How do these results compare to those of you who installed Whole House Water Filtration Systems? (I have nobody else to compare them to.)
2. Will a “cheap” $500-$1,000 system From Home Depot do a good job treating the issues?
This guy was trying to pitch me the “Cadillac” of systems for $6,500 (he went down to that from $11K )- a “Westinghouse” with lifetime warranty + free service, even includes 5 years worth of soap / shampoo / detergent etc)... he did a great job presenting it as the only option if you’re serious.
Obviously it’s grossly expensive if they’re trying to throw in 5 years of soap to justify the cost!
Curious to hear experience from those of you who have been down this road and what you recommend.