If you have city water, do you know where your home’s water comes from and how it arrives to your home? The municipal water system in Benton Harbor has been contaminated with toxic levels of lead since 2018. As of June 2022, the city is still undergoing lead pipe replacement, with just over 50% of Benton Harbor homes having had their lines replaced. So how can homeowners that rely on city water ensure the water coming into their home is as clean and healthy as possible?
Even if you have well water, do you know how run-off and other factors can affect the health of your water? No matter where you live, your water is susceptible to pollutants before it even enters your home, and healthy water is vital to the health of your family and the health of your home.
Thankfully, we came up with a solution for how you can ensure the water in your home is free of harmful contaminants so you never have to worry about it again: The BOSS Clean Water Bundle.
The BOSS Clean Water Bundle
For as low as $152 per month, BOSS Services is now offering the Clean Water Bundle, which provides homeowners with a completely fresh start to start having the cleanest water they possibly can have in their home.
The Clean Water Bundle includes the following:
- New Whole-Home Water Filter
- New Water Softener
- New Water Heater
- New PEX lines from your water heater to the kitchen
So why are all of these items bundled together and how can they work together to help revitalize the water in your home? Let’s dive into that more below…
Whole-Home Water Filter
A whole home water filtration system can remove any contaminants you don’t want in your home’s water supply, filtering out dirt, sediment, and more. A whole home water filter is installed where your main water line enters your home. It can help reduce chlorine, iron, sulfur and other pollutants from your water. It essentially provides filtered water throughout every tap in your home.
The farther away your water is from your city’s treatment center or water source, the farther it has to travel, meaning your water has a higher risk to pick up sediment and other contaminants along the way to your home. A whole-home water filter cleanses this water before it gets to your home, removing all the pollutants and things that can be health hazards for you and your family.
A water softener is a whole-home filtration system that removes minerals like calcium and magnesium from your water through ion exchange. A water softener prevents hard water issues, which can build up in your pipes and decrease water pressure over time. Hard water is a problem because it can destroy appliances, toilets, sinks and more.
Warm water with calcium and magnesium will solidify and harden into solid deposits inside your hot water heater, which affects it overall efficiency and decreases the lifespan of your water heater significantly.
Below are some signs you may be suffering from hard water and need a water softener:
- Watermarks on your faucets
- Stiff and dingy clothes or colors that fade fast after washing
- Bad taste or smell coming from the water
- Your skin and hair feel dry and itchy
- Lime and chalk buildup on your sinks and showers
- Watermarks and residue on dishes when they dry
- Frequent appliance breakdowns
Considering the harm that hard water can do, the cost of installing a water softener to prevent the signs above from occurring can save you significantly in the long run.
The average water heater lifespan is 10 years. Unfortunately this lifespan is shorter when there are contamination issues in your home’s water. Pollutants like lead tannins can sit inside of your water tank and water lines causing corrossion, premature breakdowns, and poor water quality.
If you sense that your water is contaminated, you can test your water fairly easily by purchasing a TDS test (total dissolved solids test), which measures the total amount of dissolved organic and inorganic content present in your water. Essentially, it measures the conductivity of the water in parts-per-million ( ppm), which is equivalent to measuring the mass of contaminants present per liter of water. You can easily test the quality of your water by ordering a TDS test from amazon for about $10 or less!
If your TDS levels are above 600, or even in the thousands, it’s a huge indicator that there is a problem with your water, but if your water’s TDS measures between 300-500, it’s considered acceptable.
A new water heater can give you a fresh start to having pristine water again, especially if your water heater is 10 years or older with a lot of sediment build-up like this recently removed water heater we took out from a customer’s home below.
If you want to see what may be lurking inside of your old water heater, check out the video below!
New PEX Lines from your Water Heater to Kitchen
PEX lines (Cross-linked polyethylene piping) are replacing copper pipes or galvanized steel due to water contamination from corrosion and other issues. Nobody wants copper to get into their drinking water. PEX pipes are a type of flexible plastic that are more popular now than ever because they can expand instead of cracking and corroding over time like copper. This prevents contamination from entering your home as the pipes age.
Installing new PEX lines from your water heater into your kitchen stops contamination from the source before it even enters your home, allowing water to run through clean piping to all of your potable water sources you use the most in your kitchen (ice maker, fridge, sink,etc). Especially if your water tests poorly, you don’t want to continue drinking water coming in from lines full of contaminants.
How Does the Clean Water Bundle Work?
With our BOSS Freedom Plan, you can have our Clean Water Bundle with a new water softener, whole-home water filter, water heater, and new PEX lines from your water heater to your kitchen, and free quarterly salt delivery for as low as $152 per month.
So how does this work? The BOSS Freedom Plan is a worry-free subscription based program that allows us to take the burden away from homeowners of having to care for the major equipment in your home like your HVAC system, plumbing system, generator, and more! Rather than owning your equipment and being responsible for caring for it over time, we take on the risk of ownership, providing free maintenance, free repairs, free service fees, free filter changes and more.
Learn more about our BOSS Freedom Plan here: https://thebossservices.com/the-boss-freedom-plan/
Concerned About Your Water Quality?
Do you have a question or concern about your water? We have real people answering our phones 24/7 at 269-468-6682 and can send a BOSS Home Expert out to your home at your convenience. We serve all of West Michigan from New Buffalo and Niles to St. Joseph to Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. With contaminated water affecting our Benton Harbor community, the city where our headquarters are located, we want to do whatever we can to help keep our local families safe and healthy again and figure out the best solution for you.