(Hopefully) the Conclusion of the Water Filter Saga

We have been trying to get a whole house water filter installed in our house since last summer.  Last week we finally achieved installation.  You can read about the saga from Summer to January here.

We finally got the plumbers to come out again after the shed misadventure.  This time the owner said he’d come out himself.  So he did.  And he said that there was no reason that the side filter stuff had to be spread out horizontally, with some high tech plumbing it could be stacked up vertically.  He’d get back to us to schedule in the next week.

He didn’t get back the next week, but a week or two after that either he got back or DH called again.  The new estimate was $1700, which is about $700 more than the original estimate, with a promise that it would cost less if it ended up taking less time.

The plumbers came.  It took a day and a half.  We also had them replace the guest bathroom faucet while they were here since we noticed the old one flaking when my in-laws were visiting and DH had tried and failed to install a new one himself.  There were many surprises, like the water line doing another split where it was not expected to, and so on.  In the end they had to cut holes in a couple of walls which they did as unobtrusively as possible and then taped back up.  And we got the final bill of $1570, including the $30 to replace the guest bathroom sink faucet (it would have been $80 for that if they’d done it in a separate visit).  So they must have been expecting even more surprises than the ones they got!

Of course, there was no difference from the filtered kitchen sink tap or my filtered shower tap.  But the flavor of the water from the main kitchen tap is now unnoticeable which is a pretty big deal given how awful the water tastes around here.  And my hands didn’t tingle after washing them in the sink faucets.  DC2 has taken a few baths and hasn’t broken out in rashes after.  So zie doesn’t need to use our shower anymore unless zie wants to.

So… do I still wish I hadn’t bothered buying this?  I don’t know.  I’m glad we have it now (and given our current financial health, I don’t mind the ~2.5K it cost), but I’m not sure I’m so glad that it was worth 9+ months of hassle (unlike the amount of glad I have for other 9 month projects, say, my children, though I guess this was really just intermittent hassle and we could have pushed harder to get this done quicker, unlike babies where pushing only works right near the end).  If we didn’t have the under the sink filter and the shower stall filter, then I might be feeling differently about this, but it would have been so much easier just to get $80 shower filters for the other two showers.  At least this one isn’t supposed to need to be replaced for another 10 years…

Next up:  Kitchen renovations.  We plan to dip our toes in that water this summer.  We’ll see what happens.


16 Responses to “(Hopefully) the Conclusion of the Water Filter Saga”

  1. yetanotherpfblog Says:

    On the bright side, at least your pipes and water heater are getting less wear from the minerals and stuff in the tap. Interested to see the kitchen renovations!

  2. nicoleandmaggie Says:


  3. SP Says:

    Kitchen renovations! Exciting, but also sounds like a lot of work (to hire out or do).

    Glad this is finally resolved!

  4. rose Says:

    After the filter project, starting a kitchen renovation is a statement of faith over experience. It really really is helpful to have each and every detail planned and ordered and, best of all, all parts/appliances present in home before anyone removes a single item from the kitchen prior to destruction. Yes, this does mean 100% of everything. Before destruction is the time to select and order and have the backsplash, countertop, electric switches, floor choices, lights, pipe choices faucets, cabinets and finishes, exhaust fans, disposal if using one, paint colors, everything……. because the delays will happen anyway. But these delays can be avoided. Hope you share pictures of the process and document the event.
    Glad you got the filter in! Congratulations.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Worst possible case scenario we spend the summer eating grilled and microwaved meals. If it moves into the school year, then we’ll have to eat out a lot I guess.

      Though we’re not doing quite that extensive a renovation. I should probably post about where our current thoughts are. Mostly: countertop, sink (I want the same kind but metal instead of porcelain), remove the ice maker and replace it with a cabinet, and DH wants a gas stovetop (the gas line is right next to our current electric stovetop). We’re not planning on moving anything, just replacing. It can probably be done piece meal if necessary.

      • chacha1 Says:

        My main advice for the kitchen renovation is based on *our* renovation experience, in which several items got damaged because there was nowhere safe to stage them.

        I strongly recommend renting a lockable shed – or if you have a lockable garage, parking a car outside so that all materials can be stored in the garage – so that the materials and components can be placed there on delivery, immediately inspected, and then left alone (i.e. not moved over and over again because they are in the way) until the day comes to install them. All accessories, parts, etc for each installation should be labeled and kept with the main piece. Painter’s tape and job-site Post-It notes and a Sharpie kept readily to hand for said labels.

        Our handyman actually went and bought a second length of kitchen countertop because the first one got damaged. I didn’t even know until our landlady/friend told me after the fact – she had reimbursed him for it though he hadn’t asked for that. But stuff like storing the new bathroom cabinet *in the tub* – to be avoided if at all possible! :-)

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Ugh… something I had not thought of that makes me not want to do this! I guess either the greatroom or the garage (or maybe the guest bedroom if DH doesn’t need it as an office at the time–currently he’s not working on any hardware projects so we’re sharing the smaller office). That would have been easier before we put furniture and a piano in there.

      • chacha1 Says:

        Your designated staging area would ideally accommodate all the stuff you’ll have to take out of the kitchen cabinets, too. :-) It’s really not that bad if it’s one project and it’s being handled by someone who knows the process. We didn’t have a general contractor and nobody In Charge was on site on a regular basis. … I think you’ll find it simpler and thus less expensive (and probably less stressful over the course of the whole project) to do it all at once. All emptying-out, all demo, all rebuilding, all new installations, re-load the cabinets, back to normal.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        I’m not sure we actually will need to take much out of cabinets. I guess we will figure that out.

        I think we are probably going to end up going to Home Depot after DH and the kids get back from Disney. Nobody in town has a general contractor that they like, and the webpages for people look pretty horrific (their after pictures look like “before” pictures– one gets insight into how gingham wallpaper can happen).

      • Debbie M Says:

        You say “Worst possible case scenario we spend the summer eating grilled and microwaved meals.” I say that toaster ovens and hot plates (or whatever you call those single burners that you can plug in) can greatly expand your cooking repertoire.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Our grill basically has a gas stovetop in addition to the actual grill part. We do have a toaster oven.

  5. Linda Says:

    Congrats on finally finishing the filter project! Even if you don’t notice a huge difference, you must be glad to have it off your list. Looking forward to hearing about the kitchen remodel when it starts. Home projects may not be fun while in progress, but I get a great sense of accomplishment when they’re complete.

  6. nicoleandmaggie Says:

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