If you want to install a water softener in your home you will have several choices to consider. There are many types of filters to choose from, as well as whether you will do it yourself or hire a professional. Whatever choice you make you will surely enjoy your water softener for years to come.
Doing it yourself
Your first decision will involve purchasing the right filter for your family. The cost of a water softener depends on which type you choose. You will have to choose between under sink single filter, double filter or reverse osmosis. You may even want a cheaper faucet mounted filter. The cost of most water softeners will range between $100 and $700. Some may be even more expensive.
- The pros–The main advantage of doing it yourself is the fact that you are not going to pay anyone to do the job for you. This will help you save money.
- The cons–If this is not a job that you have done before, you may not know what to install the water softener the right way. Also, you may not have the right tools to do the jobs. When you do something that you don’t know much about, you may end up spending more money than you anticipated. This is because of damages and waste of materials.
Hiring a Pro
- The pros–When you hire professionals, you can be sure that everything will be done the right way from the beginning to the end. They have all the tools needed to do the job and materials will not be wasted.
- The cons–You will have to spend some money to pay for the services offered by the professionals. The average installation cost is $200, depending on what the going rate for labor is where you live. And of course, if the plumber has any unforeseen issues that cause the job to take longer, the cost will go up.
Doing it yourself vs. hiring a professional
Hiring a professional is definitely better than doing it yourself unless you have some basic plumbing skills. It may be worth paying a pro to be sure that the water softener installation will be done the right way the first time.