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The best water softener to buy will be one that softens and filters the water. Culligan, Pelican, Kinetico, and GE are the top four brands of water softeners around.

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As of 2015, the top water softeners are WaterBoss 220, Fleck 5600SXT and the Nuvo H2O Manor, according to The Water Softener Critic. Amazon.com gives them 4.4, 4.6 and 3.7 out of 5 stars, respectively, and reviewers at the Water Softener Center give them favorable ratings as well.

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Water softeners with good ratings are the GE 30,400 grain; WaterBoss 220 grain; Aquasana 1,000,000 Gallon Rhino; EvoClear salt-free water softener; and Morton 45,000 grain water softener. Other highly rated water softeners also include the Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 grain; Kenmore high-efficiency; and Wat

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A water softener works by using polystyrene beads to remove calcium and magnesium from hard water. The calcium and magnesium ions in hard water are replaced by sodium ions during this process. This turns hard water into soft water.

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One of the easiest ways to tell if your home's water softening system is working is by taking notice of your skin after bathing or showering. When the water softener is functioning properly, your skin feels soft and moist.

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Water softeners are built to last for at least 10 years. When properly maintained, the softeners can last several years beyond that time.

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Rock salt, solar salt or evaporated salt are the primary salts used in water softeners and are all primarily sodium chloride. Solar salt, made by evaporating seawater, has the lowest sodium chloride levels at 85 percent. Evaporated salt, from water sources in the earth, is 99.9 percent sodium chlori

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The best place to locate a water softener is in a basement, garage or utility room near a main water line, electrical outlet and a drain. The area should be level, dry and not subject to freezing temperatures.

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Some top-rated water softeners are the Aquasana 1,000,000 Gallon Rhino, EvoClear Salt-Free Water Softener, GE 30,400 Grain Water Softener and Kenmore High-Efficiency Water Softener, according to Water-Softeners-Review.com. Other top-rated and reviewed water softeners include Krystal Pure H2O, Morton

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To install a water softener, place elbow fittings into the water supply line, and set the pipes that lead to the bypass valve in place. Attach the drain hose to the softener, and place its other end into a drain. Place the overflow tube to the water softener, run the appliance in the bypass mode for