I really loved my last job. Loved the work they did, loved the never-two-the-same days, loved the people. And I REALLY loved the water cooler talk. Except that it was more coffee maker talk, because construction runs on coffee. In my current venture, there is still (plenty of) coffee, but not much talking. So pour yourself a generous mug – none of that half caf nonsense please - and settle in for water cooler talk about…water.
I’ve lived in different homes, cities, and countries and can tell you that the water is different everywhere. Well versus city water; treated versus untreated; hard versus soft, and even the surrounding soil can have a tremendous impact on the quality of water you rely on each and every day. We drink it, cook with it, bathe in it, and use it to nourish flowers and plants – some of which we then eat. Personally, I am always far more concerned about the effect something will have on my children than on myself and water is certainly no exception. 1980’s parenting offered children in my home the choice between two beverages: milk or tap juice. For the uneducated, tap juice is water. I have followed suit with my own three children, meaning they consume many glasses of water daily. Just ask the dishwasher! Your water can also affect the way your skin and hair feel and look, the scum in your showers and glass, a strange film on your counters even after you wipe them, and even more worrying – build up where you can’t see it (inside pipes and water heaters for example).
There has been much talk of chloramines lately and I feel it’s only the beginning. In Sienna Plantation (the community where I reside), a temporary switch between surface water and well water for a period of a few days had the residents buzzing. Is it safe? Why does it smell like chlorine? Who can I call and IS IT SAFE TO DRINK THIS STUFF? Water issues are the things of nightmares in developing countries – not the cushy suburbs of North America, right? While our concerns certainly pale in comparison, you might be uncomfortable with some of the information that is circulating regarding our water supply or experiencing some of the issues mentioned above and wondering what you can do about them.
It is possible (and fairly straightforward!) to treat your own water by having a water softener, conditioner, reverse osmosis system, or combination of those installed by The Ashbury Construction Company. We promise not to conduct any of those scary high-school-chemistry-gone-wrong tests at your kitchen sink or to give you a high pressure sales pitch. What we will give you is piece of mind and higher quality water. The appointment is free and we have installed pricing starting at $1500. There are a variety of systems to treat a variety of issues and we will work with you to find the one that works for your home and your budget.
Let’s not forget the unsung hero of this post and the majority of my construction work, without which this would all be impossible – but requires plenty of fresh water – coffee! Come on over here you sweet temptress and lie to me about all of the wonderful things we are going to accomplish today.