Whether you receive well water, city water, or surface water from lakes or streams it is important that you treat the water, as all types of water contain some minerals either dissolved or in particulate form. Minerals like calcium and magnesium are responsible for the hardness of water. There are other minerals like iron and other trace chemicals that are present which are responsible for a host of diseases and health problems. To treat this type of water you need a water softener and water filtration system that is not only reliable, easy to use, cheap but also one that offers more value for money. Before you buy a water softener you will first need to test the water in your area and then decide the one that suits your requirements.
Generally a water softener is a complete system that contains several parts and components and the price of the water softener depends on the quality of material used and the advanced features it has. Some of the most important parts in a water softener are mineral tank, resin tank, safety float, brine well, safety float, tubings and fittings etc. the bypass valve is one part which is considered the heart of the water softener and therefore also the most expensive.
When purchasing a water softener you will have to first determine the hardness of the water coming through your pipes. This can be done at Government approved laboratories or your local municipal or county office will help you find a source where this can be done. Once you have done this then you have a fair idea of what kind of water softener you need. Look up the local stores and water treatment companies and find out which ones are sold the most and what the prices they offer. You may also check with the local residents and ask for their recommendations as they will have a good idea as to which brand/product does the job satisfactorily.
However, don’t just go by what your neighbors, friends, or family suggest but do the homework yourself, after all it is your money and you need the best product at the best possible price. The best way to go about is by logging on to the internet and doing some surfing to find out the product that can satisfy all your needs. Once you have zeroed in on a particular product check if that company has a dealer nearby or in the county/city you reside in. if you are lucky then visit the store and meet the experts and also talk to the sales person. Don’t get carried away by the sales pitch that the salesman/woman gives you. They are trained professionals and will easily take advantage of your naiveté and offer you a product at a discounted price which may not necessarily meet your requirements. Since a water softener is one appliance that you will be using for at least a decade before you change you need to be extra careful.
You will be surprised to see that there are a number of companies selling water treatment products at discounted prices online. The company website that details all the features of their product should be chosen. Some companies hide essential facts and you should be wary of such companies. Make sure that all options are offered by the seller. Some companies offer fewer options just to keep the prices down.
Look for the quality of material and the type of tanks used. Some companies offer fabulous discounts and you later realize that the tanks are made of plastic and not of stainless steel. In the same way make sure that all the components mentioned above are of the highest quality. The valve is the most important part and it should be of the highest quality.
Once you have made up your mind after checking all these facts then write a mail and offer to buy the product with a 10% or more discount on it. If the company/dealer agrees then you have got your discounted water softener that will last you for many years to come.