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.
Laundry, dishes, and showers are usually a lot nicer with softened water. Do you still live in the AV area? With the amount of crap in our water you might need it!
And good call on the paint and carpet first – I always do that. Unless cost to do it right away is an issue it sure seems like a no-brainer to me.
Yeah, just moved to Eagan and the water hardness scale is pretty much the same as Apple Valley (both are listed at 17 gpg on the last data I was able to find).
Plymouth is a 24 :shock:
The guy who installed my last one said you should have a softener at anything over 10 in his opinion
That matches what I’ve seen too.
24 gpg is insainly hard. That is over 400 ppm which is about the maximum possible and still be called ‘freshwater’. Your water must be coming from a well pulling from a limestone formation (no surface water mixed in at all) to be that hard. Here I think we have about 40:60 surface and well water and it’s 17 gpg. Even that is high at around 290 ppm. It will destroy a water heater in about 5 years without a high capacity softener. I can’t imagine what 24 gpg will do.