very basic water softener questions...
Is there any way to have a water softener and have the tap water be drinkable without having an RO system or other system under the sink? I don't mind a simple water filter under the sink or in the fridge (that is what we use now with our hard water)
Some companies offer water softener systems, whole house filtration systems and a combination of both. I have always been a little wary of whole house filtration because I know that chlorine serves important purposes and I am hesitant to have my pipes full of water with no sanitation properties...I may not have a clue, though.
I will include the link of one company I am looking at.
I live in an area with very hard water, 12-22 grains per gallon. I have lived here 30 years and been a homeowner for 10 years and I have never had a softener. Some people have water softeners but many do not. Every plumber I have ever trusted has recommended against water softeners, but I don't really remember why...and I have always disconnected them so I didn't have to hassle with it. We are just used to hard water. I don't love the feel of soft water but I see what enormous damage hard water does to pipes etc.
We are doing a total remodel including all new plumbing and I am seriously considering a water softener and/or water filter. We are in a place where we can afford to pay for quality and we don't have to maintain everything ourselves. I was always hesitant to DIY or maintain something that I didn't really understand and didn't want to hassle with and I didn't have the time or money to deal with another house thing...
We may stick with the status quo and go without any water treatment at all...but if money was no object what system would you choose to soften and filter your water?