Water solutions for your home



  • Anyone here using any water solutions (Water Softeners, Reverse Osmosis, etc)?

    We have pretty hard water in my area along with bad build up of Lime deposits.

    Looking for suggestions, recommendations.


  • Service Provider

    My dad @SonshineAcres has always used a water softener.



  • I had a softener when I lived in FL. Be sure to turn it down from where the installer sets it. That setting is strictly to sell you more salt pellets. At the "factory set" levels, the water is waaaay too soft, makes you feel slimy when you shower. Adjust to your own liking.



  • Kenetico has a saltless solution too. I guess I'll go through the sales pitch to try to learn a bit more.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Kenetico

    Ugh, I hate water softeners they make the water feel gross. We had them in a few houses we lived in growing up... thankfully we are in the Catskills now which has some of the best water in the world.



  • @coliver said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Kenetico

    Ugh, I hate water softeners they make the water feel gross. We had them in a few housed we lived in growing up... thankfully we are in the Catskills now which has some of the best water in the world.

    Yeah I recall when my dad installed it when I was young. It took getting used to. it's one of the reasons I'm considering multiple options.


  • Vendor

    Water softeners are a perfect discussion for the Water Closet!



  • I never knew what soft water was until I was travelling (Indianapolis, I think) and was complaining about how slimy the water felt.

    It was explained to me, and then I was like aha!


  • Service Provider

    We have both softener and reverse osmosis. What questions do you have?



  • One of the biggest issues I currently have it the mineral build up. I'd like to see that stop.



  • From a cleaning perspective our system is awesome! I used to have to use Limeaway or CLR on everything! Now I don't buy that junk anymore.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    From a cleaning perspective our system is awesome! I used to have to use Limeaway or CLR on everything! Now I don't buy that junk anymore.

    that junk never really worked for me. :(



  • Well it didn't full work just wasn't straight Muriatic Acid which was REALLY bad for our septic tank. Our new system is (well ask Art for all the details) is a Peroxide based system. My cleaning product expenditures are VERY little now and I use completely natural stuff so nothing harsh at all.



  • I can't stand softened water. It tastes salty and feels slimy. Lots of people love it, though. More importantly, many people need to have softened water, because their water is so hard that mineral buildup would destroy pipes and appliances.

    The first time I went to Scott's parent's house, I could not figure out why the water tasted salty while I was brushing my teeth, and why the coffee always tasted salty. I believe there was actually a problem with the softener at that time that was making the water extra salty, but even with it working perfectly, I can still taste the salt.

    If you are also sensitive to salty water, you could get a separate drinking water system, subscribe to a water service, or just buy bottled drinking water.


  • Service Provider

    I hate the way that the water tasted growing up.



  • Our new water is awesome. Not salty or Slimy at all. It is a peroxide based system and has been great. The drinking water for the house goes through the final stage of the Reverse Osmosis and now I hate drinking bottled water cause ours is so good.



  • @Dominica said:

    I can't stand softened water. It tastes salty and feels slimy. Lots of people love it, though. More importantly, many people need to have softened water, because their water is so hard that mineral buildup would destroy pipes and appliances.

    The first time I went to Scott's parent's house, I could not figure out why the water tasted salty while I was brushing my teeth, and why the coffee always tasted salty. I believe there was actually a problem with the softener at that time that was making the water extra salty, but even with it working perfectly, I can still taste the salt.

    If you are also sensitive to salty water, you could get a separate drinking water system, subscribe to a water service, or just buy bottled drinking water.

    This is why we had a reverse osmosis for drinking water when I was growing up. Soft water for normal day to day things, but consumption was purely reverse osmosis.



  • @Minion-Queen Sounds like a good system, Danielle. @art_of_shred could give Liesl a lesson on how it works when we are in the area this summer.



  • @Dominica Of course! This system is so much nicer than our previous one!



  • @Dashrender said:

    e had a reverse osmosis for drin

    Im not an expert, but I think you are going to want an RO with Remineralization if you intend on drinking the water.


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    @drewlander said:

    @Dashrender said:

    e had a reverse osmosis for drin

    Im not an expert, but I think you are going to want an RO with Remineralization if you intend on drinking the water.

    In large quantities, definitely. You can drink RO water for a while without it being a problem and it has to be a really significant source of your water to be a problem with mineral leeching.



  • @scottalanmiller In my experience with saltwater tanks, minerals are kinda like buffers for the ph somtimes, so that is another concern.


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    @drewlander said:

    @scottalanmiller In my experience with saltwater tanks, minerals are kinda like buffers for the ph somtimes, so that is another concern.

    Should only be a concern with contaminated water. RO water is always exactly a 7. If it varies from that, then minerals are the least of your concerns :)


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