A Water Softener for My Home

This post is sponsored by Morton Salt. As always, all opinions are my own.

As you know, I’ve been busy making improvements to my new home. While some of them have been more obvious (like my cozy new deck space), others are taking place behind the scenes. For example, my water softener and water filtration system, which I’m excited to tell you about today.

Shortly after moving in, my friends over at Morton Salt contacted me about their Water Softener Salt. Not knowing whether I had hard water, they sent me a free hard water test strip.

And as you may have guessed, since I’m writing this post. I discovered that I had hard water at my new place.

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In case you’re not familiar with hard water, it has a high mineral content, which is primarily calcium and magnesium. In your home, hard water can cause spotty dishes, dry skin, stained clothes, and rust build up on appliances.

Do You Need a Water Softener?

You’ll need to determine if you have hard or soft water. You can visit the Morton Salt website here and ask them to send you a test strip. It’s free!

I hired a local plumber to install my softener since my plumbing skills are limited. It actually fit perfectly in my garage. It doesn’t make for a beautifully styled photo, but it does get the job done.

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The black container to the left of the tank is called the brine. This is what holds the Water Softener Salt. This container should always be half full of salt. You simply add more salt whenever needed. Depending on your system and water usage, it’s usually about 1 bag per month.

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How much Does it cost to put in a water softener?

My particular system, which is a water softener and water filter, cost about $3,000 to install. Depending on the location of your system the price may fluctuate to run more plumbing or electricity.

It’s always best to get a quote from a trusted plumber for the best estimate.

How Does a Water Softener Work?

Well, it’s pretty simple. The brine tank (the black container) contains resin beads. When the water passes through them, the minerals in the hard water are attracted to the resin and removed from the water. This turns the hard water into soft water before it flows into your home.

Adding Morton Water Softener Salt recharges the resin beads so the softener can perform at its best.

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Morton offers a variety of water softener salts. I’m using the Morton Clean and Protect Plus Rust Defense. This variety gives you better tasting water, fewer rust stains in your bathroom and kitchen, brighter laundry, and longer-lasting appliances.

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My particular water softener unit also contains a charcoal water filter, so I’ll never need to buy a water filtering pitcher or attach any units to my faucets. The water is softened and filtered before it enters my house.

I love that!

What Are the Benefits of using a Water Softener?

There are quite a few benefits of having soft water. First off, it leaves your hair and skin feeling clean after your shower. Soft water also makes your laundry bright and your dishes spot free.
In addition, softening your water can improve the taste of your drinking water.

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Do you need a water softener? A Water Softener for My Home #water #softener #home #repair #hardwater

Another reason I was excited to get a softener installed is my upcoming kitchen remodel. Soft water helps to protect appliances from harmful build up and makes cleaning them easier.

With new kitchen appliances, a new washer and dryer, and even new toilets, soft water will help to extend their life, plus prevent mineral build up. Win-win-win!

Bet you didn’t expect a lesson in water today.

I am super happy with my new water softener and the benefits of using Morton Water Softener Salt.

If you want additional information about soft water, head on over to the Morton Salt website. While you’re there, you can also get that free test strip to test your own water.

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  • Ella Starr at

    Thank you for talking about how a water softener can help with a kitchen remodel. I am moving into a new home this summer. I will find a reputable water softener service locally as well.

  • Kara Douglas at

    Did some googling to find this post and thanks for going into such detail.. I ended up getting that test strip you mentioned and it definitely confirmed what I believed.. i have hard water.

    In doing more research I found a great article about the difference between a salt based water softener and salt free conditioner. I ended up getting the salt free softener and it’s amazing. Have you considered one?

  • Derek Dewitt at

    My wife and I just moved to a new area but we’ve found the tap water here doesn’t taste great. I like your point about how a water filter can help remove minerals in the water. We’ll definitely consider installing one of these to see if it helps with the taste.

  • Jessica at

    Water softeners are life changers!!! Also love your photography so much!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Agreed!! And thank you soooo much!!

      xo Michael

  • Courtney O'Dell at

    When we lived in the mountains we struggled so much with hard water – wish we had such an easy fix! And so gross to think what it does to our appliances…. :/

  • TidyMom at

    OMG we have terribly hard water and I know we need a softner….I can only image what the hard water is doing to our appliances too.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You should definitely look into it! It’s makes such a difference and really isn’t all that expensive.

      xo Michael

  • Elle at

    Enjoy your soft water!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Will do! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Leah at

    So interesting and so many benefits!

  • Julie at

    A water softener is a game changer! Hard water is so hard on your toilets and adding one at our lake cottage made it easier to clean (and our skin so much softer!) I never tried Morton salt but I’ll be looking for it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I was really surprised at the difference. I’m so happy to have it.

      xo Michael

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