I just moved into a house and noticed that the water was a bit rusty/yellowish. The existing toilets & dishwasher are stained. I bought a whole house water filter at HD that attaches to the main line. The plastic filter housing came with a wound paper "sediment filter" insert. This wound paper insert really didn't change the water color at all (but the insert turned from white to brown within a day or two).
I replaced that paper insert with a more expensive carbon-type insert and bingo, clear water. Great right? Well, the clear water only lasted about a week. The carbon filter inserts are about $7 a piece and are "supposed" to last about 3 months. I can see that this will add up quickly by changing weekly. I could add a second filter on the main line, but I'm not sure that'll defray my costs much.?
Has anyone had experience with cost-effective rust filters? Should I be looking at solving the problem by replacing pipes, as opposed to buying filters?
Here are some pertinent facts:
-my house is on town water
-the main line into my basement is copper (not sure what type of pipe is between the house and the street).
-my water usage isn't extreme (only 2 people in the house currently)
Suggestions appreciated, thanks.
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