We have lived in our 60 + year old house for 8 years. A plumbing service did a routine inspection, nothing alarming was found, but he suggested a whole home water filtration system. It would help eliminate the deposits that build up in the toilet and shut off valves under sinks and inside toilets. The toilets and valves were not in bad shape, just (I guess) showed the usual build up.
I think our tap water taste fine so that is not an issue with me. I know a little chemistry, I have complete trust in our water district, the "chemicals" that are added or allowable in our tap water are fine with me. So is there any reason to get a whole house water filtration system for my shut off valves and toilets?
Since you do not currently have any large problems, I would say no to the filter system. Sure, it would eliminate or greatly reduce particle buildup in your small valves but it doesn't sound to be economically feasible.
The first thing to get hit by calcium build-up that will be noticed will be the toilet valve assembly or the shower head, if you can go a year without those areas clogging then it will take several more years until other valves and faucets will need any service.
Replacing a toilet valve is an under $10 part that takes five minutes. Cleaning a shower head is easy too. Both those things cost far less then the normal upkeep of a whole-house filter, not to mention the initial investment.
Since everything seems to be OK and you've been in the house long enough to get an accurate read on things, I'd pass on the expense of the filter.
the plumber was trying to make a sale. if ya dont need it. dont let em talk ya into it
remember the 80's...nancy says NO!!!This message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,
Thanks to all, ain't it great when common sense makes sense.
He was a nice guy, did great work on a few minor repairs. Told me his wife has sensitive skin and the chlorine in water really bothers her skin, so he has a filter. But I will say no to the whole house filter.
if you want filtered water for drinking buy a filter that goes on your sink valve.
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