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Don't Make These Mistakes When Buying a Water Softener

Don't Make These Mistakes When Buying a Water Softener
Don't Make These Mistakes When Buying a Water Softener

If you're in the market for a new water softener, it can be tempting to skip the experts and buy one online or at a big box store. However, this often leads to major problems down the road. As water treatment professionals with decades of experience, we've seen the headaches improper water softener purchases can cause.

Read on to learn why buying a water softener online often ends in disappointment, and how to avoid these common mistakes.

The Dangers of Hard Water

Hard water is a common issue that affects over 85% of US households. It contains high levels of calcium and magnesium minerals that leave deposits and cause numerous problems:

  • Dry, itchy skin and hair - Hard minerals bind to hair and skin, drying them out. This leads to irritation, flaking, and frizz.

  • Scale buildup - Hard water leaves scale on dishes, faucets, showerheads and appliances. This can reduce efficiency.

  • Shortened appliance lifespan - Buildup in pipes and appliances causes early breakdowns. Water heaters, washing machines and more fail faster.

  • Stained sinks and fixtures - White scale and rust stains develop over time, ruining the look of fixtures.

  • Higher energy bills - Scale in pipes and heaters acts as an insulator, forcing your water heater and appliances to work harder.

  • Reduced soap efficiency - Hard minerals bind to soap, preventing lathering and cleaning. More soap is wasted.

The Benefits of Soft Water

To avoid the hassles above, a quality water softener is essential. Soft water provides:

  • Smoother skin and shinier hair - With soft water, you won't have irritating mineral deposits on your skin and hair.

  • Spotless dishes - No more film, spots or scale on dishes, glassware or silverware.

  • Longer appliance life - Your water heater, pipes and other applicances are saved from mineral buildup.

  • Lower energy costs - With less scale in your system, water flows easier and appliances don't have to work as hard.

  • Effective soap use - Now that soap isn't binding to minerals, you'll get more lather using less soap.

  • Brighter clothes - Minerals in hard water dull fabrics. Soft water allows detergents to work better for vibrant colors.

Clearly, soft water provides major benefits for your home and family. But choosing the right system is key to realizing these advantages.

The Problems With Buying Online

It's easy to be lured in by seemingly good deals on big box and online water softeners. But there are serious downsides to buying a softener remotely:

No Customization

Every home's water chemistry is unique. A qualified technician tests your actual water supply and makes the right recommendations based on:

  • Water hardness - Measured in grains per gallon (gpg)

  • pH level

  • Iron content

  • Other contaminants

Online softeners are one-size-fits-all. Without testing, you likely won't get the right system for your needs.

Inferior Quality

Many big box and online brands cut corners to offer lower prices. This leads to:

  • Cheaper resins that exhaust faster

  • Low-grade valves and fittings that leak and break

  • Lightweight tanks prone to cracking

You end up replacing faulty components or the entire unit sooner.

Improper Sizing

Softeners that are undersized won't fully treat your water. Oversized units waste space, salt and money. Sizing depends on:

  • Household size

  • Water hardness

  • Water usage

Guessing leads to problems. Only testing and professional calculations give you the perfect size.

No Professional Installation

Faulty DIY installs cause leaks, flooding and system failures. Our certified techs ensure:

  • Secure mounting to prevent falling or shifting

  • Leakproof plumbing with no drips

  • Proper bypass valve setup for easy servicing

  • Efficient brine tank configuration

No Local Service

Remote sellers aren't there if you need maintenance, repairs or replacements. Our qualified team is available 24/7 for:

  • Fast on-site repairs

  • Annual check-ups to maximize performance

  • System upgrades as your needs change

No Water Testing

Without testing after install, you don't know if the softener is working right. Our analysts confirm:

  • Hardness reduction to desired levels

  • Contaminant removal

  • Correct flow rates and pressure

You get documentation showing the system is optimally treating your water.

The Aqua-Wise Difference

Avoiding the pitfalls above starts with choosing a reputable local provider like Aqua-Wise Water Treatment Solutions. Here's why we're Tampa's top choice:


We're a small, local, family-owned business that values each customer. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Made in the USA

Our products are proudly made in the USA, ensuring quality and supporting our local economy.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We stand behind our work with a satisfaction guarantee you can rely on.

Flexible Financing

We offer the best financing plans, making it easy for you to enjoy high-quality water.

Long-Lasting Quality

Our systems, made by Clack Corporations, have a 20-year lifespan, providing enduring value.

Certified Excellence

Our water treatment products meet NSF/ANSI 44 certification standards for your peace of mind.

More Reasons to Avoid Buying a Water Softener Online

In addition to the points above, here are a few more things to keep in mind:

  • No expertise - Online sellers lack the knowledge to recommend the right solutions for your situation. Our certified water specialists have the expertise to address any water problem.

  • One-size-fits-all - Online systems won't handle your specific water issues like high iron, low pH or chlorine. We customize the perfect combo of softeners, filters and more.

  • No local codes - Online sellers don't know Tampa building codes. We ensure your install meets all regulations.

  • No urgent response - If you suddenly have no water, an online seller can't rush out to fix it. We have 24/7 emergency service.

  • No relationships - You want a company you know and trust. We build customer relationships, making sure you get the finest service for life.

Enjoy Pristine Water With Aqua-Wise

For home water solutions you can count on, trust Aqua-Wise. We provide:

  • Free water testing to analyze your issues

  • Recommendations tailored to your needs

  • Top-quality systems and installation

  • Ongoing service, repairs and support

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

Experience the difference when you rely on a reputable local provider. Schedule your free water test today and start enjoying the benefits of clean, softened water throughout your home. Discover financing options that fit your budget. Contact us to learn more about our latest discounts and promotions.

Invest wisely, avoid mistakes, and get the right water softener for your home. Call Aqua-Wise at (727) 236-7161!

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