By Anessa V. Cohen
It’s impossible to count the number of selfie videos that have been posted to my Facebook account with dozens if not hundreds of ALS ice-bucket challenges from all around the world. These are usually with a follow-up of those challengers’ children and spouses with a challenge of their own. This is just on my Facebook account–imagine the millions of other people with Facebook accounts and YouTube accounts doing this challenge all around the world. ALS being such a horrible disease, I can only hope that the millions of ice-bucket challenges will really translate into millions of dollars towards research of ALS, a disease so devastating that a cure is desperately needed immediately.
The one big money-maker on the ice-bucket challenge has been the water companies–ours as well as all those other water companies filling those buckets with ice and water and charging those challengers for its use. Maybe as part of the ice-bucket challenge, the water companies should have been pressed to donate those gallons and gallons of water at no cost as their contribution to a good cause. I know, dream on!
I have always talked about buying a whole-house water filter for my house, and somehow just never got around to doing it until this past year. Since I already had to change my boiler and water heater due to the flooding from Hurricane Sandy, it made sense to finally have that whole-house water filter installed with the new equipment and finally save some wear and tear on my pipes and appliances.
Having this luxury for the last few months, I can tell you I was an idiot not to have this installed years ago. In the past I always had to play with the faucets when putting water in the bathtub–just hoping it would not come in brown, the slight discoloration of water that seems to be present in all homes in our area due to the high iron content in our running water.
What a pleasure to start filling the tub and see clear water, like people in other communities take for granted, as well as suddenly not seeing any lime or other buildup form around the water faucets or showerhead.
Now that I see how clear the water is with this whole-house filter, it boggles the mind to consider that all these years I have showered in water that probably was discolored a large portion of the time and I was not even aware of it.
The plumber installing the filter just kept telling me how I will start to see that many of my water appliances or fixtures will need less repair in the future now that I have installed this whole-house filter and that there will be less staining of the sinks and bathtubs from the discoloration coming out of the water.
I always thought it would be a nice addition having this whole-house water filter, but never realized the extent of the difference I would notice afterward. Just thought I would share this realization with all my readers. If you can manage to have the whole-house filter installed, I think the money you will save in repairs of fixtures and appliances, not to mention the cleaner water being used for your laundry, pays for itself in just a few years and in the meantime you get the best part of the deal–clear water! v
Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to

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