I would like to install a water softener in my home and I would like to know where it gets installed with respect to the plumbing lines.
My neighbor here in Pennsylvania has his hooked up just after the meter so all water usage runs through the softener. He is on public water and uses a unit he services (with salt) himself. My folks in California, on the other hand, have theirs hooked up just before the hot water tank, so only the hot water usage is treated. They are also public water but use Culligan as a service, and that is the way Culligan hooked it up.
My home is now on public water. I left all the outside lines (for the garden and lawn) on a separate system fed by the original well, so that is not an issue here. What are issues are 1) whether it is better to treat all water used in the home with the softener, or just the hot water side of things; 2) is service better/cheaper than self-service; and 3) what service or self-serve brand is best?
Thank you in advance - TomR
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