Water Softener Required

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  1. snaithg

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    We need a water Softener for our refurbished 5 bed/3 bath property.

    It's a long time since I looked at Water Softeners so I do not know what is currently available and what is good and what should be avoided.

    Can someone please either suggest a suitable product or point me in the right direction to help me choose a suitable product.

    Thanks

    Graham.
     
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    I put a Tapworks AD11 in my house about 8 years ago when I refurbished our kitchen. It has a flowmeter so it only runs the regeneration when needed (so it doesn't need as much salt as those that run everyday regardless). Possibly tempting fate now, but not had any issues with it and the shower doors, sinks, etc are free of limescale. I put a 3 way tap in the kitchen sink which has a drinking water tap built in (fed via an inline water filter).

    I also had to redo some of our outside taps because the existing one now is softened (great for washing the car with). For topping up my pond or watering plants I added an extra unsoftened outside tap.

    Link for the softener: Tapworks AD11 - family sized model - Tapworks
     
  4. Wahreo

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    Yes Tapworks are good softeners.

    I did a few of the screwfix softeners last year. I was really impressed with the quality and wouldn't hesitate having one in my own house.
     
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    Is there a point where a water softener isn't worth it? For example, if you are in an area of very hard water so the costs of salt replenishment are excessive? Our water is hard, South East Waters recent report regarding our water was:-

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    Your water hardness:
    The water hardness for your property is 323mg/l CaCO₃

    This means your water is classified as hard
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    He did say that sometimes it's not worth having a softener fitted as the salt costs would be huge. Is he correct or would my levels be fine?
     
  6. snaithg

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    Screwfix appear to offer the "BWT" brand of Water Softener exclusively, are these the ones that you installed last year and currently recommend?

    Thanks.

    Graham.
     
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    Yes. They seem very similar to the Tapworks
     
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    Thanks Wahreo.

    Graham.
     
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    I was looking at buying a twintec but they cost £1,400 to install
     
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    Water softeners can be easy to install provided the mains stop cock is in or near the cupboard where the softener is going, the kitchen sink is nearby and the only outside tap is fed from a cupboard in or near to the softener.

    Anything else and it gets more complicated/time consuming.
     

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