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.