A water softener is a device used to soften hard water by removing minerals
like calcium and magnesium.
Hard water is water that had high mineral content and is. Formed when water
percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made
up of calcium and magnesium carbonates.
Hard water interferes with every cleaning task from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and per-
Dealing with hard water problems in the home can be devastating. Soap used in hard water combines with the minerals to form a sticky soap curd in washbasins and bathtubs. The film may prevent removal of soil and bacteria. Bathing with soap in hard water leaves a film of sticky soap curd on the skin.
When laundry is done in hard water, laundry detergent is made less effective because of hardness minerals and additional detergent must be added to get the same results.
The calcium found in hard water leach out and form a substance called lime and when the lime builds up in pipes, it causes a lot of damages such as pipe blockage, decreased water availability and it will eat through pipes and create small holes that cause leaks.
The best way to stop the effects of hard water is by installing water softeners.
How much the water softener costs depends on:
There are three types of water softening methods which are:
This salt-based water softener system does a perfect job in softening hard water.
Hard water causes scale formation inside water pipes so salt-based units expel calcium and magnesium off the water through an ion exchange method.
During the process, the polymer raisin bed replaces hard mineral ion for sodium particles. Salt-based water softeners require salt pallets and are also said to be the best solution to deal with hard water when the level of hardness in the water is very high.
PRICE OF THE SALT-BASED WATER SOFTENER
– In general, salt-based water softeners cost about $400 to $3700,
depending on the brand.
A salt-free water softener will very often use no electricity, create no wastewater and of course, you won’t need to
continuously buy salt.
Salt-free water softeners range in price from about $1300 to $3000
The magnetic Water system is a method of reducing the effects of hard water by passing it through a magnetic field as a non-chemical alternative to water softening.
If you are handy with tools and comfortable with written instructions, a water softener can be installed utilizing the do-it-yourself (DIY) method.
Nevertheless, because of the nature of do-it-yourself projects, it’s best to have a professional install your softener due to the number of problems that can arise if additional plumbing issues occur.
DIY Cost – About $500 for a basic installation kit and unit.
Minimum professional installation cost – About $800 to $1,000 for a small home (1 – 2 bedrooms)
Average professional installation cost –About $1,000 to $2,500 for larger homes (3+ bedrooms)
Maximum professional installation cost – $3,000 + for a larger unit with multiple options: purifiers and wi-fi controls.