Is a Water Softener Worth the Money?

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Do we really need a water softener?

Before we answer the question of whether a water softener is worth the expense, let’s clarify what are water softeners first. Water softeners are a filtration system that removes elevated amounts of calcium and magnesium that creates hard water. As the water flows through water softeners, they filter those things out, making the water softer so that it flows easier and faster through the plumbing. 

It isn’t a law that you must have a water softener installation, although there are several other attributes that water has other than being wet. How do you know you need a water softener? A few indications would be: 

  • Stains: What makes water hard are the dissolved metals and minerals contained in it and those leave behind stubborn, ugly stains in the bathtub, sinks, and toilet, not to mention the scaly deposits around and on the faucets. 
  • Scaling: Mineral deposits will build up on the coffee maker, dinnerware, flatware, glassware, pans, pots, and more. The chalky, hard film is difficult to remove and it builds up inside water using appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine, which can lead to repairs, or worse, replacements.
  • Utility Bills: If you have noticed your water bills has increased lately, check the plumbing in your home for scale buildup. That same scale that clogs up appliances can clog pipes too, including those running to and through the water heater, boilers, and more. If water runs through something, the scale build up is too. 
  • Dull and Faded Laundry: Hard water will make your laundry start looking dull and faded after a while. The laundry soap becomes less effective, leaving behind a residue that makes clothes look dull and fades the colors. 
  • Dry Hair and Skin: The minerals found in hard water leaves hair and skin dry, flaky, and itchy. It blocks the pores that you’re trying to open, which causes blackheads and pimples because the skin can’t breathe. 

 So, what are the water softener benefits you can expect? Well in addition to making your clothes and linens look brighter and last longer, water softeners can provide these benefits: 

  • Save Water and Conserve Energy: With water softeners installed, it takes less rinsing of dishes and laundry. The less you run your washing machine and the les you run water, you’re saving water and conserving energy. These are two thing that we need more of so we can save our planet.  For you, you could save as much as 6,000 gallons of water almost $900 in electricity costs! 
  • Reduce Supply Needs: Water softeners take less products like bleach and detergent to get your laundry clean. When you consider that doing laundry in hard water, you’re washing the water and the laundry, so you use more detergent, more bleach. With water softeners installed, you can cut your laundry supply cost by fifty percent or more. 
  • Reduce maintenance and repairs: Water softeners will ease the abuse that any water-using appliance suffers from hard water. Hard water leaves behind scales that clog nozzles, pipes, damages pumps and valves, and leaves machinery inefficient and impaired. This leads to constant cleaning and repairing of washing machines, dishwashers, faucets, and toilets. 

What are the disadvantages of a water softener?

While water softeners have their benefits, they also have a few disadvantages that you should consider before purchasing a water softener. 

  1. Water is too soft: Softened water can sometimes become slimy and slippery. 
  2. Overdose of sodium:  Water softeners with an ion-exchange contain sodium ions, and for those with a well-balanced diet, that isn’t a problem. For a household that has somebody with sodium intake issues, it could be too much. 
  3. Irrigation issues: Water softeners lack calcium and magnesium elements, which is good, but the sodium increase isn’t suitable for irrigation systems. 
  4. They are expensive: Installing a water softener can cost up to $2,000 or more and the routine maintenance required can be expensive. 
  5.  Dietary mineral requirements: Again, for anyone with dietary needs, water softeners may cause issues with their health. The calcium and minerals that water softeners remove are needed by some people and the sodium is too much for others. 

Do I need a water filter if I have a water softener?

A water filter will remove those unwanted compounds like dirt, sand, sediment, and more from your water. They can also remove chlorine, fluoride, iron, pesticides, and sulfur. 

A water softener purpose is a type of water filter that is specifically for hard water with high levels of calcium and magnesium. Water softeners remove those ions and change how the water interacts with surfaces.

So, if you want the best water possible, then yes, have  water filter and water softener installed. Do you need both? No. 

Can you drink softened water?

The amount of sodium added by water softeners is dependent on how hard the water is originally. Water that has more than ten grains of hardness per gallon will have as much as 30mg of sodium added per eight ounces.  Our diets get the majority of its sodium from the processed foods we eat along with the table salt we add. 

The recommended allowance of sodium in most diets is 2,400 mg per day. There is between 160mg and 240mg of sodium in two quarts of softened water. If sodium is an issue for anyone’s diet or medication regimen, consult with your physician. 

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Which water softener is best?

There are several to choose from, but here are the chosen ones by experts: 

  • Best Overall: GE 40,200 Grain Water Softener: The GE 40,000 Grain has the capability to handle every watering task you have because it is installed to your plumbing and filters the water before it gets to the faucet. 
  • Best Budget: Aquasana Salt-Free Water Conditioner for Tankless Water Heaters: For a tankless water heater household, this is an affordable water softener that is permanent and has as salt-free design. It connects direct to the water source and is great for several small task before refill is needed. 
  • Best for Well Water: iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System: This six-stage water softener removes 99-percent of over 1,000 different contaminants.

Keep your water quality at its best! Call us today for water treatment and softener at 817-901-7775!