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@Beauner wrote:

@davescharf wrote:

@Beauner wrote:

How hard is it to install a water softener? It’s pretty clear that the previous owner had one in at some point, as there is some copper piping looped around to nothing and there is a clear difference in color on the floor, as though something was sitting on the floor for an extended period of time.

Is it something I’ll need expert knowledge to do (in which case something I’d be better off paying somebody to do)?

That didn’t take long to find a bigger issue :wink:

No, water softeners aren’t hard to install at all. The biggest issues are getting the water main shut off (my neighbors hadn’t been shut off in years and the shutoff valve broke when he went to do his) and transporting the softener.

If you buy one the install cost may not be more than $100 – $200 more. Given my ability of fixing things like that I find that cost very much worth letting the professionals do it, but if you have a handy friend and enough beer you can save some money.

I knew ahead of time that it didn’t have one :lol: Just hadn’t really thought about doing it before. I’m still not sure if I’m going to buy one, just wondering how much it would cost, budget wise.
I’ve never lived in a house without a water softener so I dunno what “hard water” does. :lol:

I haven’t even moved in yet, officially. Decided I’m going to paint and put in new floors/carpet in the rooms I want floors/new carpet in before I move in so I don’t have to move furniture twice.

As Cowgirl said check with the City. I live on the east side of Plymouth and the water here (along with Maple Grove) is some of the hardest in the metro. If you go two miles east to New Hope there’s no need for a softener at all. My word of advice is that if you do need a softener to not buy the cheapest one you find…get a mid-tier one because it will last longer. I’ve been in my house 11+ years and I’ve had to replace mine twice already.

The worst thing I’ve found with hard water is the stains on your dishes and glasses. It’s just gross.