Following up on the crud on my pool walls, I called a water softener
company over who arrived today to give me a $6,000 quote to put in a
water softener system in my garage.
Kinetico model 2060 home water system (two tanks + a brine tank, no
electricity, self cleaning) $600 installation + $5400 including tax.
Here is a picture of the 'crud' on my garden hose:
The guy tested my water at 12 to 14 grains of Calcium (he said he tested
a neighbor at 25 grains plus half a grain of iron which he says makes it
30 grains). He said a grain is 17 ppm so 14 grains is about the 200 ppm
calcium hardness that Leslie's Pool tested the well water at.
He said up to 3 grains is soft, 6 grains is medium and 9 grains is hard,
so, he said, mine is super hard.
He provided a litany of bad things that will happen, from bubbling hot
water tanks with a foot of calcium on the bottom to clogged pipes and
dirty shower stalls, spotty dishes, dirty clothes, and dirty cars.
The only things I 'see' are the pool has Calcium on the walls, and the
kitchen kettle gets a white coating on the bottom after a week of use. I
also hear the hot water tank bubbling (which he says is due to chunks of
the foot-thick coating cracking and then the water hits the super hot
bottom of the hot water heater and turns into steam).
While these are not good things, can't I get a home water softener for
less (much less?) than six thousand bucks installed?
Oh, he said I could rent it, at $600 installation + $55 a month.