(Closed) Water softening system?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My parents have one in their house, and while I don’t know much about the process of getting it (I was a young teen), it is soooo worth it!  I could always tell when it needed more salt and the water was getting hard because of the difference in my hair.

I realize that isn’t super helpful, but from a cosmetic standpoint, I liked it a lot! 🙂

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

BeeG35:  Do you need to have one? In that, will hard water deposits ruin your pipes? I live in an area where most people need one. Luckily I am in a small area that does not. I haven’t ever installed one, but they’re kind of a pain to keep adding those heavy bags of salt all the time. And then of course if it breaks down you need to fix it. Personally if it’s not going to affect your pipes, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve lived in both areas where you need one and now where I don’t.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

BeeG35:  Lol! Yes, I was noticing how very knowledgable you are on hard water! Well, like I said, if you live in an area of the country where it’s more of a necessity, I would definitely do it. I live in Minnesota and I’m lucky that my little neighborhood gets its source of water somewhere where one is not needed. I lived in 2 other areas here in MN where their water is hard and we had softeners. I lived in 2 other states where they do not have hard water. Gaaah! Tricky!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

My parents live in a place where for city water, the water is quite hard.  They installed the system after I moved out.  I HATE it.  When I visit, my sensitive skin reacts, skin conditions that I have go nuts, including infections.  For a while, I was bringing jugs of water, as rinsing off with them seemed to help.  I gave up with that, now I just shower at my in laws, although that requires me to bring my own towels, it’s still less work.

I know some people really love the softeners though.  I would just make sure that it’s easy to remove and hopefully with a free trial in case you hate it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

We installed a water softener before we moved into our house. Our city has hard water so it was a necessity.

Think we got it at Lowe’s or Home Depot for about $400 and installed it ourselves. All we do now is add salt. 

It’s definitely been worth it. The previous homeowners rented theirs from a company and paid $30/month. So the cost of buying it was just a little over what they spent per year to rent. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@BeeG35: I can’t compare the two since this is the only system I’ve ever used, but I don’t have any complaints. At our old rental, the water would leave residue on everything. We’ve seen nothing with our water softener. 

Believe we installed something like this.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are installing a reverse osmosis system rather than a soft water system. It takes all the crud out of the water rather than adding salt. The chemicals our city adds to the water so it doesn’t freeze is awful, it tastes bad, dries out skin and hair, and I simply just don’t trust it. A reverse osmosis system is a lot more expensive, 2k compared with 500, but it’s totally worth it to us. 

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