Water Softner Recommendation?

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Shopgirl
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Water Softner Recommendation?

Postby Shopgirl » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:30 am

Looking to have a water softener installed. Any recommendations gratefully received. Does it just get connected to the mains with a filter tap in the kitchen for drinking water or does it get put in the bathrooms?
All advice and info needed.
Many thanks
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Re: Water Softner Recommendation?

Postby dudette » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:58 am

It’s not connected to the drinking water tap as softened water isn’t very good for you. It’s quite a bulky thing and you need to fill it with salt tablets. Ours is in the basement and has caused us nothing but trouble. I’d do some careful research.
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Re: Water Softner Recommendation?

Postby muddyboots » Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:42 am

Dudette,
What kind of problems have you had?
We have a softener installed, I wasn’t very keen at all but my husband was sold on the idea.
I personally can’t see any notable difference with softened water.
I also agree about the tap water, I made sure the kitchen tap was bypassed.
I don’t like the idea of trusting a machine to not go wrong a keep the water clean and also there is the issue of sodium even if low levels.
I do hate he inconvenience of avoiding the bathroom tap for filling up waterbottles for night time.

I’m not a fan at all.
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Re: Water Softner Recommendation?

Postby dudette » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:19 am

It keeps breaking down. It's attached to a pump so often it's the pump rather than the water softener. Pump repairers are rarer than hen's teeth and don't seem keen on doing the job. I paid £330 to have a couple of guys tell me the pump was broken and I needed a new one. Took them all of ten minutes. Having said that I do like not having limescale everywhere on the rare occasions it works! I also think it's better for my skin. But you're right - not good for drinking.
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Re: Water Softner Recommendation?

Postby tsingh1 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:33 pm

A water softener works perfectly well in hard water areas. The whole house system can be installed on your mains valve which will soften all the water entering your home. I got my softener and water filter installed last year. I have a separate drinking water tap on my kitchen sink and all the water in my house is soft now. I've seen tremendous improvement in the quality of water with no limescale. 

I would recommend going for a Clack valve, simply because of its durability and reliability. On the maintenance end, you would need to top up your softener with regeneration salt. A family of four roughly consumes 6 bags of salt in a year costing around €10 each. 

Hope this helps!
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