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With endless hours of content on websites such as YouTube and Google, you can pretty much find “how-to” videos on just about anything these days. Depending on the type of person you are or whether or not you consider yourself to be “handy,” you may try to tackle something on your own instead of hiring a professional to save a little money.
For example, have you ever been walking around a home improvement store when something catches your eye and you think, “I bet I could install that on my own.” The truth is for almost any DIY project, deciding if it is something you can do yourself varies dramatically. Some people tend to have past work experiences that give them an upper hand on DIY projects versus someone who has little to no knowledge or experience. It all depends on how comfortable you are with each specific project.
Take water treatment for example. There are opportunities for you to purchase a water treatment system right out of the box at a local home improvement store and complete the installation on your own. For some, this can be a money saver, but for others, it could be a wild ride of late-night video watching and frantic phone calls asking for assistance from your friend who has some plumbing experience.
If you find yourself in that second category, it may be best to hire a professional. Hiring a water treatment expert is the best way to make sure you are not only getting the right solution for your specific needs, but also you can rest assured that it will be installed correctly to maximize the product’s efficiency.
Maybe the single most important thing to do before deciding which water treatment system you should install is to test the water. This may seem obvious, but for some people looking to go with a DIY, off-the-shelf model it could be a costly mistake if done incorrectly. Your local WaterCare dealer is specifically trained to test each water source to gather information like pH level, contaminants present, and how much of each contaminant is present to make sure you are getting a custom solution to fit your exact needs. There are a variety of quality issues water can face and each require their own solution. Not all contaminants can be filtered the same way, so it’s important to not only know what you’re dealing with but then also the proper solution to your particular problem.
DIY take-home test strips seem like an easy way to get a read of your water quality. The problem is these test kits are usually not all that accurate, which leads to buying a product that may be too small to handle the job or over-spending on a product that is too large for your needs. Because of this, it is recommended you have your water tested by a WaterCare professional to make sure you are set up on the right path to achieve your water goals in the most efficient way.
Once the authorized technician has a read on your water quality, they can then discuss the potential solutions with you. The reason many DIY water treatment systems fail to solve the intended problem is simply due to a lack of knowledge. Choosing the wrong system for the intended application is a common occurrence. Instead of wasting your time wondering if the DIY water softener you purchased at the local home-improvement store is the correct capacity to treat your home’s hard water issues, a WaterCare dealer will be sure to hook you up with a softener sized correctly for not only the amount of hardness you are dealing with but they will factor in the size of your home and how much water your family uses on a daily basis. If hard water is the issue at hand, incorrectly sized units will end up failing to correct the problem or end up using more water and salt than necessary, causing you to spend more money!
I am sure you have heard the saying “time is money.” Time and money should also be considered if deciding to go the DIY route. Most of us are not formally trained plumbers, nor do we all know the intricacies of water treatment and the steps to take to make sure your filtration system is set up correctly. Damaging any plumbing on install could cause an even bigger headache with potential plumbing leaks occurring without even realizing it. This is another reason going through a trained professional could save you money in the long run. A true expert understands what to do if issues were to arise, what the best location would be for the product, and knowing how to best plumb the product into your home’s system to retain a solid flow rate throughout your home.
If you think installing a water treatment system on your own is just too tall of a task, or if you simply want to make sure an expert does the job right in less time, give your local WaterCare dealer a call today. Your WaterCare dealer has the experience and knowledge to answer any questions you may have and set you up with the perfect water treatment system specifically designed to solve your home’s water problems. Call now to schedule your complimentary water test!