Get quotes to fit a water softener

Around 60% of the UK is considered to have hard to very hard water, with the south and east of England having the hardest water. Hard water is water that has calcium, minerals and magnesium dissolved into the water. A water softener removes the minerals by  ion-exchange as the minerals that are responsible for the hardness can damage components of your heating system and general plumbing, as well as appliances, wherever water runs through pipes or appliances.

If you can see signs of limescale in your showers, baths on your taps… chances are you are living in a hard water region. Softening the water does not only stop damage in pipework and components but also can improve laundry brightness of clothes and leave your hair and skin feeling super soft.

List of Counties and their water hardness level

County

Water Hardness Level

Bedfordshire

Hard to very hard water

Berkshire

Hard to very hard water

Buckinghamshire

Hard to very hard water

Cambridgeshire

Hard to very hard water

Dorset

Hard to very hard water

Essex

Hard to very hard water

Gloucestershire

Hard to very hard water

Greater London

Moderately hard water

Hampshire

Hard to very hard water

Hertfordshire

Hard to very hard water

Kent

Hard to very hard water

Oxfordshire

Hard to very hard water

Surrey

Hard to very hard water

Sussex

Hard to very hard water

Wiltshire

Hard to very hard water

How much will it cost to fit a water softener?

The cost of the water softener is largely to do with which brand you choose and where in your home you would like to get the softener fitted. Also, affecting the cost of the water softener, is the size needed to supply soft water for everyone in the home's needs. Most of the cost of fitting a softener is the cost of the product, as they start from just under £1000 and some brands are well into the £1000s. Labour is just a small fraction of the cost at starting from about £250 for a few hours labour in the day for the plumber to install the water softener.

Some other types of water softeners available are non-electric (powered by incoming water pressure), metered (these are the most economical), time-clock (using a set timer to regenerate). Once the water softener is installed, the ongoing cost will be the cost of water softener salt needing to be topped up and a yearly service of the water softener. As you can see it is not just the initial cost of the water softener with labour to factor in, but the ingoing costs as well.

Cost to fit a water softener device

Per

Average cost

Fit a water softener underneath kitchen sink or in a garage

Per hour 

£250

Fit a combimate underneath kitchen sink

Per hour 

£120 

Fit an electronic scale inhibitor underneath kitchen sink

Per day

£80

What plumbing is involved with installing a water softener?

A water softener should be fitted on to the mains water supply coming into your home. It is normally housed in the cupboard underneath the kitchen sink or it can be installed out of sight in the garage or utility room. Do not install the water softener anywhere where it may freeze.

To install the water softener, the plumber will need to first turn off the mains water so that they can cut into the water supply. It is best for the plumber to install shutoff valves to isolate the water to the softener if ever that was needed. Make sure that the plumber installing the water softener follows the manufacturer’s instructions on the brand that you purchase. The water softener requires an electrical socket as well as a drain, so a kitchen sink will do for this purpose, with the drain hose being connected from the softener to the drain or utility sink.

Is it worth getting a water softener?

A water softener is a great choice for extending the life of your pipework and appliances as well as a benefit for you in the way your clothes, skin and hair will feel. It is a pricey decision when deciding to go with a water softener so do your research to make sure you choose a brand you can trust, e.g., Harvey Water Softeners and discuss with your plumber (if they know the layout of your home) so that they can advise you on what would best suit the layout and size of your home.

Benefits of a water softener are;

  • Protecting pipework from getting clogged up inside
  • Protecting appliances (irons, kettles, coffee machines…) from getting clogged up
  • Water tastes better
  • Skin and hair is left soft
  • Less soap used when showering
  • Less limescale left to wipe off shower screens
  • Washing up leaves less scum buildup
  • Clothes come out brighter and fresher looking

How often do I need to service my water softener?

Just like a boiler, most water softeners should be serviced annually by your plumber. The service will involve cleaning out the brine tank and recharging resins. They will check the valve settings to ensure that the softener is running at a pace ideal for your home set-up.

Any washers or O-rings that have deteriorated can be replaced during the service as well as check the components of the water softener to avoid any expensive repairs or leaks.


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to fix a leak £240
Cost to replace a toilet £200
Cost to replace a bath £350
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £180
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to fit a water softener £880
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70

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Fit a water softener near Aberdeen£911
Fit a water softener near Amber Valley£917
Fit a water softener near Angus£908
Fit a water softener near Arun£929
Fit a water softener near Ashfield£914
Fit a water softener near Aylesbury Vale£947
Fit a water softener near Barnsley£902
Fit a water softener near Basildon£938
Fit a water softener near Basingstoke & Deane£962
Fit a water softener near Bassetlaw£899
Fit a water softener near Bath & North East Somerset£917
Fit a water softener near Bedford£944
Fit a water softener near Belfast£896
Fit a water softener near Birmingham£914
Fit a water softener near Blackburn£947
Fit a water softener near Blackpool£902
Fit a water softener near Bolton£935
Fit a water softener near Bournemouth£923
Fit a water softener near Bracknell Forest£962
Fit a water softener near Bradford£905
Fit a water softener near Braintree£932
Fit a water softener near Breckland£887
Fit a water softener near Bridgend£908
Fit a water softener near Brighton£935
Fit a water softener near Bristol£911
Fit a water softener near Broadland£926
Fit a water softener near Broxtowe£914
Fit a water softener near Bury£935
Fit a water softener near Caerphilly£899
Fit a water softener near Calderdale£899
Fit a water softener near Cambridge£929
Fit a water softener near Canterbury£932
Fit a water softener near Cardiff£902
Fit a water softener near Carmarthenshire£884
Fit a water softener near Charnwood£911
Fit a water softener near Chelmsford£932
Fit a water softener near Cheltenham£929
Fit a water softener near Cherwell£935
Fit a water softener near Chester£911
Fit a water softener near Colchester£932
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Fit a water softener near Crewe & Nantwich£905
Fit a water softener near Dacorum£950
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Fit a water softener near Doncaster£902
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Fit a water softener near Dundee£920
Fit a water softener near East Ayrshire£923
Fit a water softener near East Devon£899
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Fit a water softener near East Hampshire£926
Fit a water softener near East Hertfordshire£947
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