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uncleslam 11-11-2009 11:05 AM

Went to city water - softener still needed?
I got rid of my old stinky well and went to city water after the pump quit working and the well man could not get the pump out (stuck hard at 85 ft). Anyways, as far as I've heard and can tell the city water here in the suburbs of St. Paul is really good stuff. So I'm assuming it would be a good idea to get rid of my 20 year old water softener system. I plan on selling the house next spring? Do many people have a water softener with city water?

I also realize I have to "cap the well" before I sell the house. I think I need to find a well man who is willing to a fill the pipe with cement and sign off on capping the well even though the pump is still down there.

majakdragon 11-11-2009 11:32 AM

Really no reason to keep the softener with City water. Hope your well isn't too deep. I had to do the capping in Florida, and it required a special type of cement (not cheap). I lucked out since the guy that did my new well (old one collapsed) let me do the filling and signed the paperwork.

Maintenance 6 11-11-2009 01:39 PM

I would test it for hardness before I'd say you don't need a softener. Around here we have municipal water that in some cases is every bit as hard as well water.

jhamlin38 11-13-2009 11:38 AM

it depends on the city. I'd go to a local plumbing supply showroom and ask them for information of whole home filtration. They'll likely sell a brand that can provide testing kits to determine what is commonly filtered for your area. One that comes to mind is Cuno/Aqua Pure, a 3m company.

majakdragon 11-13-2009 01:08 PM

Being a new customer of the water department, you can request a breakdown of what is in your water or you can call and inquire. I get a written explanation of what was found in the yearly water test where i live.

stubborn1 11-15-2009 04:08 PM

Your local water department should be able to tell you how many grains of hardness your water has. Usually you'll need this info to calibrate the softener. I wouldn't take out the softener.

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