If you are fed up with living with the impact of hard water on your home, your appliances, your clothing and your health, then maybe you need to consider investing in a water softener system for your house. But before you start shopping around check out these five common mistakes people make so that you can make sure you don’t do the same:

  1. Don’t buy a system that isn’t large enough

You need to assess the needs of your household properly before you decide to go ahead and invest in a water softener because if you get one that is too small and not powerful enough, you may end up wasting your money needlessly. The right size machine ensures that the correct amount of water is softened on demand and that you aren’t running the risks of introducing hard water into the system.

  1. Don’t buy one you can’t fit in your house

This might sound daft but you really need to check what space you have available in your home and that where you are planning to locate the unit, is actually suitable. You will need to get to it regularly for maintenance and cleaning purposes, and it needs to be in a steady temperature. So check out where it’s going to go, and do some measurements before you go out shopping for a unit.

  1. Don’t rely on water softener if your water is contaminated

People do sometimes make the mistake of buying a water softener system when they have contaminated water. These systems only reduce the hardness level in the water but they can’t remove contaminants – that is a different system altogether so make sure you know what kind of system you actually need.

  1. You don’t need a water softener if you live in the City

Some people make the mistake of thinking that all water provided by the water boards must already be treated and even though they can see the effects of hard water in their home and on their appliances, they think the water is already softened. Or assume that it’s up to the water board to sort it out. Unfortunately that’s not the case so don’t make that mistake.

  1. Worrying that a water softener will harm your health – and other myths

There are many myths out there around the use of water softener, with people worrying that it adds salt to your drinking water and is harmful. This is not the case at all and in fact, using hard water to wash yourself can cause skin irritation and skin conditions because it is not effective at rinsing away soap and shampoo, so softening your water could in fact, bring health benefits.

So if you are planning to buy a water softener, don’t listen to the myths – find out the facts – and then choose one that is the most appropriate for your home and your family’s needs. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your water board will do it for you, and don’t keep living with the negative impact which hard water has on your home, appliances, energy bills and health. Do some research and invest in the system that is right for you.