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Any experiences with whole-house water softening/filtration systems?

Hi all,

Hard water area, considering installing something to soften/filter, but new to this subject. Bloke from Culligan is coming around next week, but I've heard of mixed results of that company; I don't know much about the market/players.

I'd appreciate any tips/experiences of the various types (chemical softening via addition of salts, filtration, etc). Also, running and maintenance costs for typical domestic usage.


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Re: Any experiences with whole-house water softening/filtration systems?

No personal experience, but read this thread for some discussion about some of the available products, their claims and their effectiveness:

https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...know-what.html
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Re: Any experiences with whole-house water softening/filtration systems?

Any magnetic low-voltage water softening device is rubbish and don‘t work. We had one for years and it made no noticeable difference.

We now have a conventional CHF1800.- water softener that eats about CHF8.- worth’s of common salt pellets each month. Apparently it should be serviced each year. Haven‘t done in 4 years - maybe will next year due to possible bacteria buildup (a threat from the supplier‘s service department).

Most all so-called Swiss water softeners are US made with a Swiss sticker on them.

In all water softeners are not a cheap option and the benefits are debatable.

Limescale deposits are reduced, but not totally gone - shower and taps more easily cleaned. Water tastes flat...
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No personal experience, but read this thread for some discussion about some of the available products, their claims and their effectiveness:

https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...know-what.html
There's more general information on other threads, including https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...zerland-2.html

I might clean up and merge the threads if I get time later today...
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Re: Any experiences with whole-house water softening/filtration systems?

It works really well, but I still need salt in my dishwasher.

I recommend it. It also improves skin. My kids has eczema without it. I think it has to do with soap not fully being washed off with the harder water.

When you forget to add salt to the water softener machine, everything has a white film. I'm not sure if that's from trying to remove minerals it can't or what, but it's definitely weird having extra hard water.
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And here, covering so called saltless water softeners.
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Re: Any experiences with whole-house water softening/filtration systems?

Thank you for the responses and links to other threads (IDK why my pre-post search didn't find them - apols for that).


Hmm, more complex area than I thought; much reading to do...


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In all water softeners are not a cheap option and the benefits are debatable.

Limescale deposits are reduced, but not totally gone - shower and taps more easily cleaned. Water tastes flat...

I took a peek at one of these at the Comptoir (expo/show) in Lausanne a few years ago. I spotted <$25-worth of electronic components on the controller PCB, and maybe that much again for case, cabling, etc. I don't recall the asking price, but it was a *huge* mark-up, parts-wise (000s of %)...


We use Brita jug filters for drinking water (and are happy with the result), but are about to have our bathroom totally redone, and are keen to protect our investment - if it makes sense to do so.


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I took a peek at one of these at the Comptoir (expo/show) in Lausanne a few years ago. I spotted <$25-worth of electronic components on the controller PCB, and maybe that much again for case, cabling, etc. I don't recall the asking price, but it was a *huge* mark-up, parts-wise (000s of %)...
It's definitely overpriced. Ours is by BWT.
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Re: Any experiences with whole-house water softening/filtration systems?

Wherever you put the main body of the system, ensure it is fully accessible for maintenance. I seem to recall two brothers who have had different systems in place for decades both replaced them with another somewhere along the line. I think one was because the next one would be cheaper parts/ maintenance. He had his money worth from first one.
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