Water softener costs: How much to buy, install and run?

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If you live in a hard water area, you may have noticed unwanted water marks on your taps, scale around the base and slowly evolving limescale on your shower head.

You can spend hours scrubbing your bathroom, toilet or kitchen clean, but if you have hard water you’ll end up repeating the process over and over. 

And it's not just your hardware that suffers, your skin, clothes, boiler, radiators and anything else that uses water can benefit from the installation of a water softener - whatever the cost, it simply makes sense. 

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Mark McShane

Mark is a fully qualified plumber, gas engineer and electrician with a passion for helping people install renewable energy solutions. He own the Skills Training Group, who provide training and apprenticeships for the heating, plumbing, and electrical industries. 

Here he reveals water softener installation and running costs, and how long a water softener should last.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.