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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyplayer1015 View Post
    Came home from working away for past 4 weeks late tonight. Forgot to remotely lower my central AC temp. Wouldn't have mattered anyways, because the batteries to the thermostat went dead 10 days ago. Put new batteries in and the unit still didn't seem to come on. 3 sweaty hours later, with the temp coming down from 85 to 83, the lightbulb goes off in my head, to check and see if the condensation drip pan got full and triggered the safety shut off for the unit. You bet. Tired me is somewhat ashamed that I didn't check that sooner. Now (very) slowly cooling off me is thanking the Big Guy that I had a wet vac that I just so happened to purchase the day before I left.

    Only got rid of the water under the unit, I'll worry about the apparently clogged drain once I wake up from much needed rest.
    Had same trouble last year and bought one of those test tube cleaner brushes (narrow - don't get the fat one as it has trouble with the pipe bends) and got rid of the gunk that was clogging the pipe.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Had same trouble last year and bought one of those test tube cleaner brushes (narrow - don't get the fat one as it has trouble with the pipe bends) and got rid of the gunk that was clogging the pipe.
    I'm going to try the vacuum first on the drain outside once it's daylight. If that doesn't work, I'll keep that in mind as a plan B.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    My son and his family have contracted on a house in rural MD. The house has a well and septic system. I know how to deal with a septic system, but I've never had well water.

    The well test came back positive for lead (everything else was to code). For those of you who have a well, how do you deal with filtering it and what do you use? They've asked the seller to remediate the lead issue.

    I'm curious on how to keep the water healthy. Concern is they have 2 little ones and water contaminants are bad.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    My son and his family have contracted on a house in rural MD. The house has a well and septic system. I know how to deal with a septic system, but I've never had well water.

    The well test came back positive for lead (everything else was to code). For those of you who have a well, how do you deal with filtering it and what do you use? They've asked the seller to remediate the lead issue.

    I'm curious on how to keep the water healthy. Concern is they have 2 little ones and water contaminants are bad.

    Thanks!
    I have a whole house reverse osmosis system. I'm pretty sure that covers lead removal, but taking some guy's word for that on the internet is not recommended. Having said that there are pros and cons. Pros include water that is considerably lower in impurities then even filtered bottled water. Cons include it's a fairly costly system, $10-15k installed (guessing there) it's not really very efficient, and it takes up a lot of space. I have a 500 gallon tank to store purified water, for example. But it does work.
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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    id be asking a water specialist not uscho. Id want to know where the lead came from.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    My current house is my first experience with well water. In the spring I have so much water it gushes our the top of my well around the cap!

    New construction 2014.

    My well tested safe with no filtering/treatment, but Iím considering adding a sediment filter, since we do get some drilling debris (small gravel/sand) that we need to remove be from faucet aerators and appliance filters. If the lead is coming from the well, youíll need a filtering system. The lead could come from plumbing as well depending on age of the home. Contact a company that specializes in this. Filtering lead should be straightforward.

    Have it tested yearly

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    I ah e zero experience with residential water.

    But I agree on annual testing. RO systems are the gold standard but as was mentioned they arenít terribly efficient. Wisko mentioned install costs but I also know upkeep/membrane costs can be very high as well.

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