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Water Softener Myths Washed Away With Actual Facts

If you are dealing with hard water in your home, the scummy buildup that you have to deal with on your appliances, dishes, and even body is frustrating for sure. However, if you are like a lot of homeowners, you will never talk to a plumber about having a water softener system installed. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about water softeners that could be leading you away from making this decision. Here are a few of the biggest myths about water softeners and the real truths you will want to know as a homeowner that is dealing with hard water. 

Myth: Water softener systems take all of the healthy stuff out of your water supply. 

Truth: Water softener systems are designed to remove excess amounts of calcium and magnesium deposits. However, not all of the minerals are completely removed during the water treatment process and what remains is usually a sufficient amount to be considered healthy.  

Myth: Having a water softener installed is expensive. 

Truth: The cost of the water softener that you choose to have installed in your home will depend on several different factors including:

  • the size of your house
  • the type of water softener you choose, such as ion exchange or salt-based
  • if you want all water coming into your home treated

In general terms, for an average size home, a water softener system will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 to $1,500, but can be as high as $10,000 for a larger home, which would include the cost of installation. Most homeowners opt for a system that they can manually recharge with brine on their own to save on maintenance costs down the road. 

Myth: The water softener system takes up a lot of space in the house. 

Truth: As long as you have a basement or garage, the water softener can typically be tucked away out of the way. If you do not have ample space in the garage, the system may be able to be installed beneath the house. 

Taking a few minutes to learn the facts about home water softening systems helps to understand that this truly could be a valuable and intelligent change. There is no reason to continue dealing with hard water when eliminating the issue is such a simple process. If you would like to know more, talk a plumber, such as one from Optimum Plumbing LLC, for more information and advice.