We have terrible water and currently use a Zero Water dispenser in the kitchen but I’d really like a whole house system. When I was a kid we had a Culligan water softener but I didn’t particularly care for the water. Anyone have a system they like? I would even consider just an under the sink system in the kitchen. I just hate the Zero Water dispenser taking up space on my counter.
I'm probably behind the ball here, but just in case you're still looking, we went with a whole house filtration system.
Now, we actually have great water, but it's high in calcium and we're on a well. I have a combination of calcium build up on my faucets, which binds with soap residue like glue, and having a shallow well means sediment in my lines (very fine sand/soil particulates. I don't know the specific brand, but we bought it at Menards (like Lowes or Home Depot if your not from the Midwest). It's a small canister-sized devise that fits on the intake pipe in the basement and we use a cotton yarn filter. We can change the filter without having to shut of the water to the well pump in the basement.
This way I can catch sediment before it migrates into the house lines.
Ps - coming back to add that we had a water softener growing up and I hated the taste of the water. And the ice cubes would kill pop carbonation the minute the pop hit the ice. Bleh.
Post by gilgamesh37 on Jul 13, 2018 14:43:34 GMT -5
We actually have both---a whole house filter like Varaile describes, which is in the incoming line before the water softener. The yarn filters are relatively cheap, we buy them in bulk and change them frequently. (DH can often tell when they need changing when he goes to run a bath and the water pressure is lacking). However, the the guy who built our house put the water softener in line BEFORE the pipe to the kitchen sink splits off (I'd say "what were you thinking??" but based on all the other whackadoodle things he did when building this house, I know there's no answer) so the tap water in the kitchen is softened, making it terrible to taste and for watering plants, etc. So we also put in a reverse osmosis filter under the sink, with a little dedicated spigot tap. It's a (I think 5?) stage filter, consists of three replaceable cylindrical cartridges and a squat little reservoir tank. Link below isn't the same brand, but it's the same basic set up. This turned out to be one of the best things we did to our house. We're on a community well, so the water is very minerally and a couple times a year just reeks of sulphur. This makes wonderfully potable water, and since DH then took up salt water aquariums, we use it constantly--like making 30-40 gallons of RO water a week so he can do water changes on the tanks. I think they recommend changing the cartridges every 6 months (and they're a bit spendy, a replacement set is around $100) but we monitor the water quality on a bunch of different metrics and with just two of us--even with all the fish--we find we only need to change them once a year.