Need to get one...any thoughts?
We own. They're not that expensive. Our previous one lasted 17 years, so if you do the math it's way more cost effective to own. JMHO
We owned and used one while we were using well water. I agree with medlin on cost. I can't remember the brand of ours.
We own. We've had it for almost 16 years, it replaced the one that was original to the house, and when we bought the house, Culligan would no longer service it, it was soooo old, so we were forced to replace it at that time. It costs us about $40-$50 for salt about every three months.
We own one because we have a well. Probably had it 20 years or so.
We've had one for 19 years (replaced once in that time) and your costs will depend on your water usage and how hard your water is. The softener will cycle automatically when needed.
Salt softened water is not healthy to drink so we had all the water softened except for 2 faucets in the house. Our system was installed when the house was built so not sure if that can be retrofitted. There are different types of salt one can use and depending on which minerals in the water various ways of treating it.
Best to consult an expert in water treatment. Probably the largest cost will be your plumber bill for installing.
ETA - we own our system, the softener itself is not all that expensive.This message has been edited. Last edited by: joyluck,
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I own a water softener in Brentwood, as the town has well water instead of delta water.
Something important to know -- the first time the water softener started doing it's thing in the middle of the night, it was so loud, i thought an airplane either landed on my roof or was warming up engines in the garage. My daughter runs into my bedroom, half asleep, every time it goes on because her bedroom is near the garage.
Also, i usually just buy the rock salt pellets.
The water does 'feel' softer and sometimes could feel difficult to wash the soap off. You will need to use substantially less soap in your washer or dishwasher.
I have an HE Washer and use less than a table spoon of detergent.
I have a reverse osmisis water filter under the kitchen sink for drinking. you'll want to drink filtered or bottled water.
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Does anyone have experience with the ion type softeners?
our water is horrible. we buy bottled just because its so bad. we have to bathe/shower in it and i wash laundry in it but i wont drink it or cook with it. They have said it passed inspection but there used to be a chemical plant a few miles from me that used to dump toxic waste into the water supply and for many, many years there was question of whether it was safe or not.
So until we move (which could be awhile since the housing mkt is so awful here, our house would never sell) we are looking into at least a water softener to help with the water problem. The hardness is awful on my washer, my dishwasher and my shower walls.
Thanks and Regards,
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