How Much Does a Whole House Water Treatment System Cost?

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( — November 17, 2020) — The quality of your water at home has a direct effect on your overall health. In recent years many homeowners have turned to having their water tested for chemicals and other contaminants. Bad water can be an unsuspected cause of illness.

Besides checking for chemicals and bacteria, testing can also improve your water’s taste quality. Many common contaminants in the water supply possess odors that negatively affect taste.

So let’s consider what goes into putting in a water filtration system.

You want to provide your family with the cleanest water you can. But you’re worried about the price tag. Find out how much whole house water treatment systems cost.

Getting Your Water Tested

Testing is the first step in installing a home water treatment system. You can do DIY testing for around $15, or hire a professional for around $200. 

Water quality tests check for issues like pH levels, sedimentation, chlorine, bacteria, and chemicals like PFAS or arsenic.

The more you test, the more you must pay for your total installation cost. Still, since your drinking water affects your health, it’s probably worth paying for.

Testing upfront lets you know what you’re dealing with. This can guide your decision on what filtration system to choose.

Types of Home Water Treatment Systems

After testing, you’re now ready to choose the filter system you want to install. Many options are available, so it should be fairly easy to find a good fit for your particular water profile.

So what are your options? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of in-home water treatment systems out there.

Activated carbon: improves taste, removes odors, and cleans out toxins like herbicides.

Backwashing: backwashing filters use carbon to strain out contaminants. They work with a downflow and must have electricity to reset the carbon filtration. If you would like more information about backwashing filter systems, check out this article

Reverse Osmosis: removes iron, arsenic, and nitrate. Also improves taste quality.

Sediment: removes solids and small debris particles

Ultraviolet Light: UV light kills bacteria. Good for water that needs disinfection.

Water Softening: balances pH levels, removes calcium and unwanted minerals, and improves taste.

Installing Whole House Water Treatment Systems

Now that you know what type of system you need, it’s time for the installation.

You can expect to pay around $1,500-$2,000, on average, to install a full home water treatment system, with labor included. Your exact home water treatment cost will depend on what filter brand you choose, the cost of labor in your area, and your home’s water profile.

Many systems can go right under the kitchen sink, in the pantry, or in the basement. Once they find the best location, the installer will attach the filter system unit to a pipe. If an electrical current is needed, he will then hook up any necessary electrical wiring. 

Installation typically does not require a permit, and most systems take about 3 hours or less. It’s not complicated, in most cases.

After installation, the homeowner should conduct regular maintenance of the filters.  

Maintenance and More

Your whole house water treatment manufacturer will provide all the details you need to keep your system operating at peak efficiency. With proper care, you should be able to enjoy clean, great-tasting water for the duration of your homeownership.

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