Thursday, November 11, 2010

Choosing a Water Softener

Whether you live in Wise county cities like Alvord, Chico, Boyd, Paradise or you live in Tarrant county in cities like Fort Worth, Keller, Southlake, Haslet and even in Parker county in the cities of Weatherford, Azle, Aledo if you have a water well you will most likely need a water softener.  Choosing a water softener can be difficult because of pricing and all the companies out there that claim that theirs is the best, to include us at All American Water Softeners&Filtration.;  You can see our watersofteners and water filters at  You will want to get what is in your price range but you will also need to balance that with your water quality.  For instance, if you are reading this and you have city, community, public water then you can use any water softener on the market.  From the one at your local hardware store to any of our competitors or ours.  City water is usually not too hard and is usually not as harsh as well water.  If you have city water then you will want a carbon filter installed before your water softener because the chlorine in the water will dissolve the resin beads in the water softener over time.  It will also act as a block to keep the chlorine, chloromines and other chemicals that are used to treat you water from entering your home.  You can visit our webiste and see some of our products at  Our 1 cuft carbon filters with a backwash valve starts at $700.00.  It is a maintenance free filter and excellent for people who lead busy life styles like most of us.  As far as well water you will need to know a couple of things, first you need to know how hard your water is.  This is done to get the right size tank for your water needs.  There are many web sites that can give you a chart to measure by.  You can get a test kit at Lowes or Home Depot. Here is a rule of thumb we at All American Water Softeners&Filtration use; if the water is 20 gpg (grains per gallon hard) then we would use a 32k 1cuft softener but would suggest a 48k 1.5cuft softener.  We like to use the half method.  Half of 32 is 16 as we get closer to 32 we tend to suggest the next size up for best results.  A 16 gpg hard water will consume or foul half the 32k water softener then it will regenerate so you will always have soft water even to the point of regeneration.  So we do it like this, 16 gpg hard into 32,000=2,000-100=1,900  What that means to you is this, 32000 grain water softener divided by 16 equals every 2000 gallons of water used a regeneration will occur. We subtract another 100 for a buffer. So every 1,900 gallons it will regenerate and if we use the 100 gallons of water per person per day and you have 5 people in the house it will renerate every 4 days.  That means you will use 6 lbs of salt every 4 days for regeneration.  Each bad is 40 lbs so you will use very little salt each month.  Wow, that is a lot of info, I know, so that is why we offer free water testing  for hardness, iron, PH and TDS.  We also give you a free estimate and let you choose which water softener you want to buy and who you want to buy it from.  Most water softeners all work about the same, if you have a water well then I would recommend not buying a water softener from your local hardware store, they do work but with harsh water you may need to call someone to repair it more often than a water softener with a piston instead of a rotor disk and most guys don't work on those kinds of watersofteners and will try and sell you one of theirs.  That is why we work on Sears, Kenmore, GE, Whilrpool and many others as well as carry the parts on the truck.  So you don't have to pay out thousands of dollars for a new water softener.  Speaking of which, you can pay thousands of dollars for a water softener or you can pay not more than two thousand and get the same quality.  It is best to shop around, also you want to think about replacement parts.  After some years the piston will go out because it is a moving part.  Some companies will try and sell you a new water softener because they either don't know how to fix the one you have or don't carry the parts, that is why we suggest a Fleck brand water softener.  They have been around since 1984 and many water filtration guys have those parts on their trucks and if you can't find someone who does then call us.  (940) 389-4305, we work on just about everything to include culligan.  I hope this helps you in your endeavor to get better water quality.  You can call us and we will help you over the phone, have a great day. 

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