If you have a hard water problem chances are you’re willing to buy on whole house water softener to try and fix it. If you’re not prepared to spend money you’re in for sticker shock because whole house water softening systems cost between $3,000 and $10,000.
If you’re one of the 85% of American homes plagued by hard water you’re probably considering a whole house water softener for one or more of the following reasons:
- White spots or white film on your dishes
- Rough, scratchy laundry which looks constantly dingy
- Soap film left on your skin or hair after showering
- Skin irritation
- Clogged pipes
- High energy bills
- Bad tasting water
With conditions like these one might think no cost is too high but it is not always an easy one-time fix-it-and-forget-it job. Most whole house water softeners require professional intervention including:
- Time consuming estimations
- Professional installation
- Chemicals must constantly be replaced and replenished
- Sometimes chemicals must be replenished by a professional
- If a feature or component breaks there will be repairs involved
- Sometimes repairs require a professional
How do whole house water softeners work, anyway?
In a nutshell a whole house water softener simply acts as a filter for the water coming into your home by removing or, in most cases, minimalizing the minerals of calcium and magnesium that make the water hard. It gets tricky though because the most common process of softening water chemically is to add sodium, or salt, or even potassium.
There are two components to a whole home water softener, the first is the mineral tank which is installed into the existing plumbing of your home. The other tank in a whole house water softener is a brine tank, which holds water and salt. So, as the water passes through the pipes and into the brine the minerals are replaced with salt which, brings with it, its own set of problems.
Problems with having a whole house water softener
- The lawn problem you were experiencing with hard water won’t get much better with soft salt water. Too much sodium kills grass and vegetation.
- The soap film that you used to complain about will be replaced with drying skin and hair because of all the salt in your new water. This means more money on things like lotions, moisturizers and conditioners.
- If anyone in your home is on a salt restricted diet they won’t be able to drink the water or eat food cooked in it since the sodium content is so high.
- If you’re not on a sodium restricted diet you won’t want to drink the water or eat food which has been cooked in it because it tastes terrible anyway.
With all the headache and drawbacks to a traditional whole house water softener you are probably asking yourself if there is any solution to your problem. The answer is, yes!
The real alternative to a whole house water softener
Aqua Magnets are a low cost, chemical free, one time purchase. No professionals are needed for estimates or installations and no maintenance is required. After purchasing Aqua Magnets you simply place the magnets on your main incoming water pipe and immediately the process begins!
Aqua Magnets are eco-friendly and affordable enough that you won’t need to finance them like you would a pricey traditional softening system! Here’s our best whole house water system. This unit will fit most homes, call us if you have any questions — we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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