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Ext290 12-25-2011 06:25 PM

Water softener or water filter
 
I need a replacement for my culligan water softener, house was a foreclosure and was not winterized and leaks water and black goo. So trying to figure out what my best option is, a new water softener or whole house filter? I was leaning towards the whole house filter, no salt and self cleaning. Was looking to remove iron from our water, stains the sink and shower, doesn't taste bad. Any help would be appreciated.

Eric

joecaption 12-25-2011 07:36 PM

A water filter will do nothing to take out iron. I'd install a whole house filter then the water softner.

ben's plumbing 12-25-2011 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Ext290 (Post 802893)
I need a replacement for my culligan water softener, house was a foreclosure and was not winterized and leaks water and black goo. So trying to figure out what my best option is, a new water softener or whole house filter? I was leaning towards the whole house filter, no salt and self cleaning. Was looking to remove iron from our water, stains the sink and shower, doesn't taste bad. Any help would be appreciated.

Eric

if you are trying to remove a certain amount of one element from your water ....imo I would have the water tested 1st to see just what it contains and what type of filtration is best for it....ben

Bob999 12-25-2011 08:23 PM

You need to define what you want a water treatment system to do. As suggested above starting with an analysis of the water is necessary to define the issues and to get informed advice.

There are many different types of "whole house filters" and selection of the correct one(s) for your particular conditions can only be done with good data combined with your explanation of your objectives.

Ext290 12-25-2011 08:41 PM

sounds good, i'll get a water test kit tomorrow and see what it says.

ben's plumbing 12-25-2011 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Ext290 (Post 802952)
sounds good, i'll get a water test kit tomorrow and see what it says.

that should help...imo you may want to have complete run down from independant testing lab ....

Hates my roof 12-26-2011 08:30 AM

If you have hard water, you need a softener. There is no feasible substitute for it. Softeners can have the resin formulated to remove a little extra iron and using red-out salt helps too - I'd try that out first before considering a special iron filter. Either way, you'll need a softener and will be stuck with feeding it salt.

VIPlumber 12-26-2011 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Ext290 (Post 802952)
sounds good, i'll get a water test kit tomorrow and see what it says.


As stated, a water test is the first step in determining exactly what type of water you're dealing with and exactly what your needs will be.

I'd like to add that you should go to an interdependent lab, not a pool place or water purification install company, to have your tests done. It may be a little more expensive (the one local to me charges between $50-300 depending on the type/level of testing requested) but they have no vested interest (no up-selling) other than receiving your payment for their testing services. If there's no independent lab in your area then try a local college/university or the local water authority.

Once you have the results then your free too do your research and get some quotes on the equipment you'll need.

Good luck.


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