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Old 10-23-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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Good Morning.

I just moved into my house and have had multiple people knock on my door to offer me a water softener system. From the research I've done these systems are not cheap. Are they necessary? If you have one what benefits have you seen? Are you still happy with your purchase?

Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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I don't have one yet, but am considering one. If you don't get one you will start seeing white deposits appear around your kitchen faucet on the granite, on your shower glass and chrome, on your bathroom faucets, maybe the grout in your shower. I have heard the hard water is bad for your appliances as well (hot water heaters, dishwasher, clothes washer).

Personally the main reason we have for wanting one is these white deposits we have gotten over the 1.5 years of living here. We did not have this much buildup in 10+ years living in Dallas. Otherwise we don't have a problem with the water.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Very happy with mine... makes cleaning the bathrooms much easier. Close come out cleaner and softer. Dishes come out spotless.

I'm not sure how the water is in Katy, but Houston city water is AWFUL. This is what the filter that came with my softener looked like after about 6 weeks...



My softener is made by Kinetico, and sold by AquaTex... excellent service from them. www.aquatex.com
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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I am sure Terry from AquaTex sold you the Kinetico :-) I also have Kinetico and I love it. Best experience ever...


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Very happy with mine... makes cleaning the bathrooms much easier. Close come out cleaner and softer. Dishes come out spotless.

I'm not sure how the water is in Katy, but Houston city water is AWFUL. This is what the filter that came with my softener looked like after about 6 weeks...



My softener is made by Kinetico, and sold by AquaTex... excellent service from them. www.aquatex.com
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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Very happy with mine... makes cleaning the bathrooms much easier. Close come out cleaner and softer. Dishes come out spotless.

I'm not sure how the water is in Katy, but Houston city water is AWFUL. This is what the filter that came with my softener looked like after about 6 weeks...



My softener is made by Kinetico, and sold by AquaTex... excellent service from them. www.aquatex.com
since when do softeners have filters? That looks like a filtering system or osmosis system.

Typical softeners rely on ion-exchange with resins. Thus the salt for regeneration of the resin.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Waste of money, IMHO. I've had 'em before and hate feeling slimey after a shower, but that's just me.

Ronnie
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I am sure Terry from AquaTex sold you the Kinetico :-) I also have Kinetico and I love it. Best experience ever...
Terry is great.


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since when do softeners have filters? That looks like a filtering system or osmosis system.

Typical softeners rely on ion-exchange with resins. Thus the salt for regeneration of the resin.
It's a pre-filter that comes with the softener. Filters out any sediment or large particles so that they don't run through the softener and clog or damage it.

In addition to the nastiness shown in the picture, I've also found small pebbles and other trash.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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That filter is front of the water softener. Particularly in new neighborhoods is a very good idea to have it since there is still a lot of stuff in the pipes which can go in the softener system and mess it up. For instance Kinetico is all mechanics and any piece of debris will definitely mess it up.


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since when do softeners have filters? That looks like a filtering system or osmosis system.

Typical softeners rely on ion-exchange with resins. Thus the salt for regeneration of the resin.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Good suggestion, perhaps I will add this to ours!
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:35 AM
 
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Default Water softener Inspection

To OP...I think you will be happy with a water softener, water here is really hard.

I am going to asking a different question in this thread since we have many knowledgeable people here: I purchased a softener a year and half ago. The company now wants to charge me $79 for a inspection. Owner said he will clean out the tank and test everything. $79 sounds like a lot of money for this. Should I get an inspection? I have always used morton system pallet salt and the tank looks clean. thanks
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