3 Ways Not To Waste Money on Water Softeners

Always turn to the professionals!

We all want to experience the best quality water from our taps. However, achieving this can come with significant costs if you don’t follow the correct steps in choosing, installing and maintaining your home's water softening system. This article addresses three of the most common blunders that can waste your money when it comes to water softening and provides guidance on how to sidestep them in the first place.

  1.  Buying a system without getting professional advice

Purchasing a water softener without seeking professional advice can lead to a range of potential pitfalls. Water softening systems are not one-size-fits-all solutions; they depend on various factors such as water hardness levels, water source, household size, and specific water treatment needs. Without expert guidance, you might end up with a water softener that is either inadequate for effectively treating your water or excessive for your requirements, leading to wasted resources and increased maintenance costs. Furthermore, improper installation can result in leaks, damage to plumbing systems, and even health risks if not managed correctly. Professional advice ensures that you make an informed decision based on accurate assessments, enhancing the chances of choosing the right water softener to optimise your water quality and overall well-being.

  1.  Not having your system installed by a professional

Having your water softener installed by a professional is essential to ensure the optimal functioning and longevity of the system. Water softener installation involves intricate plumbing work, accurate measurements, and a comprehensive understanding of water systems. A professional installer possesses the expertise to evaluate your specific water conditions, recommend the right type and size of water softener, and position it effectively within your plumbing network. Their experience helps prevent potential issues like leaks, improper connections, or inefficient water softening. Moreover, a professional installer can navigate unexpected challenges during installation and adhere to local plumbing codes, guaranteeing a safe and compliant setup. By entrusting your water softener installation to a professional, you not only save time and effort but also gain peace of mind knowing that your investment will deliver the desired benefits for years to come.

  1. Skipping maintenance and regular servicing

Water softeners, like any other appliances, require proper maintenance to function effectively over the long term. Neglecting maintenance can lead to reduced efficiency and costly repairs. Failing to perform routine maintenance can result in clogged resin beds, salt bridges, and malfunctioning components. This leads to inefficient water softening and potentially expensive repairs. The solution to this is to always read and follow the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines and regularly check the salt levels and replenish them as needed. You should also clean the brine tank periodically and schedule professional servicing at recommended intervals. By investing a little time and effort in maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your water softener and prevent costly breakdowns.

In summary, opting for a water softening system is a fantastic contribution to your family's well-being and the environment. To ensure the best outcomes, seek guidance from professionals, verify the system's certification, enlist a skilled installer who is a licensed member of the AIWSE, and adhere to the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines.

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Paul Webb

Has worked in water treatment, plumbing and construction throughout his career.
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