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The Most Important Things to Know Before Buying a Water Softener

Young man at a bathroom sink splashing water on his face as the faucet runsIf you’re preparing to buy a home water softener, you’ll want to be sure to choose one that will make you happy about your investment for decades to come. Here are the two most important things to know before you start shopping:

1.     Not all water softeners are the same.

It would be great if you could just head down to the water treatment store and point to the product you want, but life isn’t that simple. Water softening systems vary in quality and performance. You’ll want to look for a water softener that has been tested and certified as effective by independent industry experts. And if the system comes with a lifetime warranty, that’s a sign that it’s built to last by a manufacturer that stands behind its water softeners.

Additionally, you’ll find that water softening systems come in various configurations and with different options so that homeowners can choose the features that best meet their needs and budgets. For example, there are high-tech options that will allow you to monitor water usage and power outages using a smartphone app, and there are also more affordable systems that operate on a timer.

2.     Not all water softener installation companies are the same.

Any water treatment company you partner with should start by testing the water in your home to measure hardness levels before recommending a water softener for you. The company representative should also discuss your household water usage and take a look at your plumbing system to determine the ideal size and location for your new water softener. Before you commit to a purchase, make sure your water softener will be installed by well-trained and certified technicians who are knowledgeable about plumbing. After all, you want to make sure that your investment will live up to the performance you’ve been told to expect, not fail because it was improperly installed.

It’s also important to remember that the most effective water softeners work by substituting sodium or potassium for the problem minerals that cause hard water, and those sodium or potassium pellets must be replenished from time to time. You’ll want to team up with a water treatment company that has an excellent track record for providing this service on time to its customers.

Sweetwater Home Services is a longtime water treatment company serving homeowners in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, and other Central Texas communities. We have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, and we offer free in-home water testing and consultation services to help homeowners choose the best water softening systems for their homes. Contact us today for more information.

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