Water is a necessity in our everyday life, not only in Brandywine, MD, but all across the Globe. Now when that necessity is contaminated, it becomes a critical issue for everyone of us, especially for those with diet-restrictions in calcium, magnesium and any other minerals that may be in your tap water. Hard water may not be a threat over a short period, but when that period of time stretches to decades, several studies have connected hardness of water to various health diseases such as kidney stones, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, malformations of central nervous system, cardiovascular disease, and various types of cancer. Though the evidences provided by these studies are being debated and doesn’t truly prove any solid proof, it’s always a good choice to have a water softener installed in your home, not only for the health benefits, but also for the good of your plumbing system.
What is a Water Softener?
As the name suggests, it softens up hard water. Hard water is simply water that contains a considerable amount of minerals that comes from water percolation with limestone and chalk. The water softener generally is designed to remove the hardness of water by breaking the minerals down with an ion-exchange resin, reverse osmosis, precipitation method, or by separating water from the minerals with chelating agents.
Why is it important to have a Water Softener Installed?
Aside from the disputable health risks that may affect people in Brandywine, it affects your plumbing system that may cause additional health risks and preventable expenses. Hard water contains ‘hardness ions’ that can cause metal corrosion, thus affecting your entire plumbing system when using metal pipes. As you may already know, plumbing system repairs do not come cheap, installing a water softener system will deduce into an honest investment.
Aside from the chance of corroding your plumbing system, treated hard water can also increase the durability of your fabrics and textiles through numerous wash cycles.
How much does a Water Softener Cost?
Taking into account the numerous services near the town of Brandywine, the average cost for a water softener installation can go from $800 up to $3,000. If you’re wondering about a DIY system, the average cost can go down to $500, considering you have your necessary tools and knowledge. Prices range from $400 to $6,000 depending on what type and the quality of water softener you’re planning on installing.
How to install a Water Softener?
Depending on the type of water softener, installing one can be from a difficulty factor of ‘EASY’, up to a ‘MEDIUM’.
Installing Reverse Osmosis System
Installing Magnetic System
Installing Salt-Based System
Installing Salt-Free System
Once your water softener is installed, all you have to do is have it maintained. Understand how the system works like knowing what kind of salt to add, cleaning up your tank and valves, and regular inspection for leaks or any other flaws of the system.
While there is still no definitive proof of any health risks involved with consuming hard water, but just thinking of the plumbing costs and life span of your fabrics is enough to justify its use.
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