Using a water-softener helps prevent hard water buildup in the pipes in your home. Many new home-builders have inculded one in their new homes.
Personally, our local water contains a large amount of hard water grains (minerals), which eventually plug up our water lines and shower heads in our water heaters, dishwashers, and copper water lines.
This picture shows the buildup of minerals that can occur in pipes within a house
One of the things we have noticed is that people in our area who do not have a water softener are replacing their water faucets, shower heads, and toilet tank parts within a year or two. We still had to replace them with a softener, but in 12 years, most of the faucets had never been replaced, except the kitchen sink faucet. Toilet parts wore out twice or maybe 3 times.
Water softeners remove most of the minerals that cause most of the damage. We soften our water to make our clothes, pipes, and appliances last longer.
Types of water softeners
There are many different water softeners available. There is one that the company will come by and replace the resin tank every few weeks. They provide different water products for you.
Others are sold commercially and you pay an enormous amount to them. Then after about a year or two, the company will call you back, telling you that the filter needs to be replaced for the reverse osmosis part. Eventually, they tell you your resin in the resin tank needs to be replaced. How much? How about several thousand.
We had a commercial one for several years, and the price on the filter rose from $60, to $120, to $180 over about 5 years. We had already paid over $3,000 for the softener and it was on payments - and now we were to have to pay more?
Then we heard that reverse osmosis water is not good for drinking water. We were told it was dead water.
With this house we decided to put in a water softener only. We had found one at the “big box store” for only $700. Of course, RL would have to install it, but he'd done that before. However, our plumber's bid included the price of a water softener for the same price so we let him put it in.
When everything was said and done,however, we found out that the plumber's installation charge was another $700. He plumbed that softened water all over the house both cold and hot, except at the kitchen sink.
If I'd have gotten a contract signed with the plumber, I'd have known from the start that he was going to charge an extra $700.
We've had softened water plumbed into our house before, with nothing more than an "H" configuration to put in the water softener, and it is plumbed into the water line before the water heater, with one line going to the kitchen sink cold water. It was fairly simple. I guess we just figured that was all that was needed now days. But according to the plumber, it had to be done differently in this case.
Softened water is very nice to bathe in and super for keeping the shower and tub clean. So I decided I could quit complaining about the extra $700. After all I wasn't charged $7000 like a friend of mine was for his “commercial” water-softener.
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We highly recommend the installation of a water-softener in your new home. Many of your water appliances are brand new, and with a water softener, the life of those appliances is extended by years and years.
Hard water deposits build up in the copper water lines,the fridge and the water heater, so hard water corrosion will occur that eventually there will clog up sink and shower faucets and leave a big block of minerals inside the water heater and the efficiency will be lessened. Up goes your electric bill. Need I say more? I wish I got paid for that sales pitch. =o)
With a water-softener your clothes will last longer. They will rinse free-er of the detergent they were washed in. You only have to use ½ the amount of dishwasher and laundry soap to get things clean.
You can probably, tell we believe in soft water. If you haven't used soft water before, check it out. You may want to try one with your housebuild.
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