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WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK WATER SOFTENER OR WATER TREATMENT RETAILERS AND ROI

Questions to ask water companies:

   1.   What is the size of your filtration tank? _____” in diameter by _____” tall.

 2.   How much carbon and other media are in the tank? 

GAC ___cu f.t, KDF ___lbs., Other ____, Other____, Other_____ 

 3.   What pressure do you use to backwash your tank?  _____psi

       4.  How many gallons of water are used when backwashing? _____gal

 5.  How often does it need to backwash? ____ per  week

 6.  Do you have independent testing on your calcium control media or other device?  

Shown proof ___Y ___N

  7.  Are your components certified by an independent lab? 

Shown proof ____Y ___N

   8.  Get a copy of everyone’s warranty read and highlight so you thoroughly understand

 the after installation costs. 

Rate based on length ____years.

Parts ___Y___N

Labor ___Y___N

Trip costs ___Y___N

    9.   TOTAL SYSTEM COST(upfront cost of system_______+ ______installation + _______tax 

+ ______annual expenses: salt, filters, maintenance, electricity, water waste, 

warranty expenses) X 10 years.

  10.  ROI = (Upfront cost + installation + tax + any annual operating cost increases) 

/ (annual operating cost savings + appliance and plumbing repair or replacement cost 

savings + reduced costs of bottled water + reduced costs of household cleaners and

soaps) = years to recover investment.

Make sure you compare all features correctly. Do not compare a softener RO cost to something that also does filtration.