How Quickly Can a Water Softener Resolve Your Hard Water Problems?

What do Water Softeners Do?

Hard water, filled with minerals like calcium and magnesium, can wreak havoc on your home's plumbing and appliances, not to mention your skin and hair. A water softener is the perfect solution to combat these problems, replacing hard minerals with soft ones like sodium or potassium.

What Kind of Problems Can Hard Water Cause?

  • Drying out skin and hair, leading to a dull appearance and potentially causing irritation with skin conditions like eczema.
  • Reduced lather of soap and less efficient use of cleaning supplies like detergents, resulting in higher costs and less effective cleaning.
  • Leaving scale build-up on faucets and water fixtures, which can be unsightly and difficult to remove, often involving the use of chemicals and labor intensive cleaning.
  • Damaging water-using appliances due to mineral buildup, leading to decreased efficiency, higher energy consumption, and potentially costly repairs or replacements.

How to Set Up Your Water Softener

Surprisingly, setting up a water softener can be a quick process. Depending on the model and your plumbing setup, it could take anywhere from a couple of hours to half a day. While some people opt for professional installation, handy homeowners can follow the instructions for a successful DIY setup themselves.

Installing the Water Softener:

  1. Start by selecting the right location, ensuring it's near a power source and drain.
  2. Follow the instructions to assemble and install the unit.
  3. Next, program the softener according to your water hardness level, which you can obtain from a water test.
  4. Finally, add the appropriate type and amount of salt to the brine tank, and your water softener is ready to tackle hard water problems.

How Long Will it Take to Soften Your Water?

Once your water softener is up and running, you will start to see changes in your water quality almost immediately. However, it could take up to a week for the softener to fully resolve all hard water issues, as it takes time for the soft water to replace the hard water in your plumbing system.


In summary, with a little time and effort, you can easily set up a water softener in your home. This can be done on your own by following a series of instructions or with the help of professionals. Water softeners go a long way in improving the quality of life in your home, from cleaner dishes and softer clothes to smoother skin and hair, the advantages are worth the investment. Along with correcting these problems, the water softener will pay for itself by saving on your energy costs, appliance longevity, and cleaning product use.

We're Here To Help You

Don't hesitate to look to us for professional assistance. Our experts at Mid Atlantic Water have been helping customers make the right choice for their home's water problems for nearly 30 years. If you have any questions on which water softener is right for your home or how you can install one, we're here to help. Contact us however you'd like:

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