One of the things about living in the country is having well water. In some ways this is a good thing because you get a lot of extra minerals that town water supplies usually don’t have. Also, it almost always tastes better because there are no added flouride or chlorine or other chemicals. However, it’s not without its problems. Although our house was built in 2004, the builder for some reason never put a filter on the tank that holds the well water. Over the past five years, we’ve noticed more and more sediment in our water glasses, and especially in the tub after a bath. The problem became really pronounced after our house was powerwashed.
However, since we are having all this work done anyway, we figured we’d ask the plumber about a new tank (because the old one would be gunked up with years’ worth of sediment) and a filter. We really had to do something. Laundry takes forever because I’d either have to fill up pots with water to help the washer fill up or else clean out the hose between cycles. The bathroom faucet upstairs was running at a trickle and we originally thought it was a problem with water pressure until Drew cleaned out the screen. Sure enough, it was fine after that.
Well, I am so thrilled because today the plumber is here taking care of all this. You have no idea how hard it’s been to keep our tubs clean (let’s not even talk about the state of the jets in the Jacuzzi tub). And since I’ve not been able to get down on my hands and knees and scrub for the past few weeks, it’s gotten really bad. I can’t wait to clean out the tub really well after the work is done and run myself a nice bath! It’s going to make such a huge difference.
The rest of the upstairs is, for the most part, complete. There are a few areas of paint that need touching up, but that’s it. Yesterday the guys started staining the siding for the dormer and I just love the color. I think it’s a bit more red than when we originally bought the house, I’m not sure. But it looks great. I’ll be sad when everything’s done and Joe and Bob leave. We’ve enjoyed having them around the house! Maybe we’ll just have to think of another project. You know, a front porch could be nice 😉