Pros & Cons Of Installing A Water Softener

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November 2, 2016
Pros & Cons Of Installing A Water Softener

Pros & Cons Of Installing A Water Softener

As you begin doing research into selecting a water softener for your home there will be four common types available. These include salt-free, dual tank water softeners, descaler, and salt base. There are various features and benefits of each and you well to choose a water softener that suits you as a homeowner. It may be wise to ask your local expert plumber about the best recommendation for your particular situation. They will make a suggestion based on your needs as well as the safety and well-being of your family and the durability of the materials.

Water Softener Pros & Cons

  • With softer water, you will have a lot less limescale on your shower screens, shower heads, sinks, and kettles.
  • It becomes easier to clean bathtubs, taps, kettles, shower heads, and shower screens because there is a lot less soap residue that is hardened.
  • Washing machines and boilers will have extended life because there is far less limescale build-up.
  • There will be the better efficiency of appliances such as your boiler and washing machine because there are less scaling and saving on energy bills as a result.
  • There may be a relief to eczema and other health benefits as softer water allows the skin to naturally moisturize.
  • You will find that blankets, toilets, and clothes will look and feel softer.
  • You can possibly save hundreds of dollars on soaps and detergents because less are required as soft water is much better at lathering than hard water.
  • General savings made from the prevention of appliance failure based on increased efficiency as well as savings on soap and detergents/

Water Softener Cons

  • The taste of soft water is generally not preferred over hard water.
  • Heavy metals may be leached from pipes and appliances and make soft water undesirable for cooking and drinking. This is the reason for keeping a separate water tap in your kitchen for drinking.
  • There will likely be a loss of space under your sink or wherever your main water inlet is located. This is usually under the kitchen sink.
  • You will probably want to keep one kitchen tap for unsoftened drinking water and there may be a need for additional plumbing depending on the location of the main water outlet.
  • There is a waste of water during regeneration. A 10% increase to your hydro should be expected so it is smart to check with the water softener manufacturer prior to making your choice.
  • There is a maintenance of your water softener required though it is usually just every couple of years depending on the manufacturer and model. The majority of homeowners would likely agree the cost savings outweigh the cost of the maintenance.
  • The salt returned can be substantial and this is an environmental factor to consider.
  • The increased salinity in the area can lead to an increase in the cost of water processing that will probably get passed to consumers.
  • Certain water softeners need rock salt added every few weeks so there is this additional cost. Though the majority of folks would be inclined to agree that the savings will be more than the cost.

These water softener pros and cons will help you weigh the benefits of having a unit installed in your home. Should you need an expert opinion give your local plumber a call for help determining which water softener is the best choice for you. You can rely on a professional for expert water softener installation, repair, or maintenance.

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