We all know about the importance of drinking enough water by now, right? You would think so, but there are still a large number of people who walk around on a regular basis dehydrated. No, not to the point of falling over, but enough so that it can affect their health and day to day lives.
Water makes our lives easier in so many ways beyond just hydration: washing dishes, clothes, even our bodies. It keeps our toilets running smoothly and even moisturizes our air in the winter. There’s no quicker way to realize how many ways we use water in our homes than to turn it off at the source for a bit. We recently had an issue with our water heater and had to go overnight with the water turned off – I couldn’t believe how many ways I felt inconvenienced just in that short time!
Where we live, we are on the village water supply but that water comes from a well. (Other local communities get their water from Lake Michigan, so that is why I am making that distinction.) Like most homes with well water, our water runs on the pretty hard side. “Hard” water is water with a lot of minerals in it. These minerals keep soaps from being as effective as they should be and build up on nozzles, faucets, and in appliances and cause them to not work properly and even wear out sooner. I grew up in rural Connecticut where we had our own private well, so I was pretty familiar with the perils of hard water when we moved in here.
Hard water can permanently damage appliances.
Because the water is provided by the village, it is chlorinated which adds a taste I really don’t care for. Because of that, I tend not to drink water out of the tap unless it’s been filtered. Our fridge does have a charcoal filter, but I’m still not a huge fan of the flavor of it for some reason and tend to buy a brand of bottled water that tastes more like the water I remember from my childhood – crisp and clean.
When I was asked to partner with Hellenbrand to have a local representative come out and test my water as part of this sponsored post, I thought it was a great fit for me. See, our house had a water softener already installed when we bought it and I suspected that it was probably the original which would make it over 20 years old. I had some questions about how well it was working and I also wanted some information about getting our drinking water to be something that I would be willing to drink daily. Bottled water is expensive and I always feel badly about all of those plastic bottles in the recycle bin.
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I sent a request through Hellenbrand’s website and got a reply from their local rep at Guthrie & Frey the same day. We connect via phone and made an appointment for him to come out to the house. He was very flexible with what times he was available (more flexible than I was as a matter of fact!) and arrived promptly right when he said he would.
Once he arrived, he listened to my concerns and what I hoped to learn from our water analysis. He then accompanied me down the basement where he checked our water softener and confirmed that yes, it was built by cavemen at the beginning of time. He also showed me where all the main water lines ran once they split off of the main line coming in the house. We discovered that the water line going to our fridge was actually softened which explained why I wasn’t loving the flavor and why our ice cubes were so cloudy.
It’s important to know what kind of water is going through your different lines.
We came back upstairs and he tested the water in both the kitchen sink (untreated) and the bathroom sink (treated) while I braced myself for the news that we needed a new water softener. Surprisingly, the softened water tested within acceptable limits and it seems that our softener is doing okay for now. I really appreciated that he wasn’t pushing a new water softener when one wasn’t really needed.
We talked a little bit about options to make our water better tasting and I really liked the option of putting in a reverse osmosis system that would filter the water to the sink and the fridge. Again, I loved that I was just presented with the information and not pressured to make a decision right then. There were no “I can give you this deal now, but when I walk out the door the price goes up” tactics. (After having shopped around for new windows for the house, I’ve seen every trick in the book, believe me!)
I was very pleased with my whole experience while having my free water analysis, and feel much better that our softener is in fact doing what it should be. I appreciated the tech letting me know what to look for to know when it should be replaced and am hoping to schedule installation for a reverse osmosis system to deal with the issues we do have.
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