Water Conditioning

Water worries? We’ve had ’em. We’ve had no water, we’ve had 1,000 gallons emptying onto the meadow when the outside tap broke, we’ve had a broken pump, we’ve had highly mineralized water turning our whites dingy, and we’ve had hard water build up on every sink, faucet, and shower head.

After 2 1/2 years of trouble, we decided it was time to try something new when it came to our well water. Baby Girl and the MR tested our water a few weeks ago and discovered that we have not really hard water just kind of hard water (10 on a scale of 1-40).

So last week, a couple young fellows brought this to the house.

Conditioner 2

The MR had researched water softeners and conditioners and chose a non-salt variety with good reviews. Aquasana don’t let us down.

Once our conditioner arrived, the MR went down to the well room to see just where this thing was supposed to go. Think skinny thoughts.

Water Softener Area


Squeeze through that 10-inch space on the far left; that’s where the conditioner belongs. Don’t believe it? Let’s take a closer look. And yes, me and the MR can fit back there, and when push comes to shove, I can fit back there with the plumber, too.

In the Space 2

The light blue tank is to pressurize the well water, but the dark blue tank is another water softener. We know nothing about it or how it works, and obviously it’s not doing a very good job. We didn’t even know it was there until the new one arrived, and the MR started looking into installing it, but let’s be real. Who wants to squeeze into dark corners in a well room? Not me.

Let’s visualize. We have a triangular room with a 1,000-gallon rectangular water tank plunked down in the middle of it. Things are tight at best, and odd angles abound. The MR had no desire to install this new conditioner, so I called Marty’s Plumbing to get a bid–thanks for the recommendation Kristine. He gave me a price, and last Thursday Marty was out to finish the job.

Just in case me or the MR gained a few pounds over the next few years, Marty installed the conditioner on the other side of the room and ran pipes up the wall, across the ceiling, and then down. Is our well room even more crazy than before with pipes running everywhere? Yes, but at least it makes sense in a strange sort of way, and we’ll be able to get to the water conditioner and change the filter without having to suck in our guts and wiggle through the gap.

Pipes 2


Has it made a huge difference? Well my friends, it’s been all of four days. The dog’s water was a little cloudy Friday morning, and I haven’t noticed a difference in the laundry just yet, but we’re hoping. The MR is soaking our shower head, which at less than two years of use is getting all clogged up. Let’s just say we’ll wait and see.

I’m crossing my fingers and hoping clogs and stains are a thing of the past and that our pipes stay clean and clear. It’s all a bit of a gamble, but these type of conditioners are supposed to remove scale from calcium and other minerals.

We didn’t choose a saline softener because the MR doesn’t like the taste of softened water. Also, this ground was once covered by ocean and is already high in salt–we just didn’t want to add more salt to the soil.

Do you soften or condition your water? Any advice? 

(Note: Seattle area water comes from mountain run off and local watersheds. It is some of the best drinking water in the nation. We were totally unprepared to deal with hard, well water and its many challenges when we moved.)










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