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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:58 am 

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I've never owned one before. I get all the problems associated with hard water so I want to make an investment in the house by reducing the calcium deposits that form in the shower and so forth. Just wondering what I should know before I buy a water softener?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:00 pm 

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There are people in Idaho who think they know what you should know. Just had to ask Mr. Google: ... -softener/

PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:58 am 

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You can go to the big box stores and get one that will work fine. Or you can go for the Cadillac of softeners, Kinetico. It's a two tank system that regenerates based on use. We inherited a Kinetico system when we bought this house. The two tank system is nice as you're never using hard water while the system regenerates. Of course in our old house we had a system that regenerated by a timer, "set to regenerate at 0300 every 4th day or something like that" and never had a problem unless the power went out for a couple of hours and the timer didn't get reset.

The other consideration is using good salt in the softener. Some lower quality salts will harden into a bridge and not settle into the water to create the brine.

Just my opinions based on having lived with a water softener my entire life, even growing up as a kid.

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