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medicmike 01-29-2010 11:54 AM

Whole house filter question.
 
I would like to put in a whole house water filter. Can someone point me in the right direction as far as which one's are better, easier, cheaper etc? Thanks, Mike

Gary Slusser 01-29-2010 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by medicmike (Post 391177)
I would like to put in a whole house water filter. Can someone point me in the right direction as far as which one's are better, easier, cheaper etc? Thanks, Mike

What do you want to remove and how much of it is in the water?

When you say "whole house" do you mean a disposal cartridge type filter?

If so they are the worst choice because they were never meant to be used as POE (point of entry) "whole house" filters.

And if your water is clear, there's no sense in filtering invisible 'dirt' and anything dissolved in the water that might harm you, it will go right through all 'sediment' filters anyway.

medicmike 01-29-2010 02:48 PM

Thanks for your response.

To answer your questions our water is turning all of our toilets and tubs red. It has done this for years and it's almost impossible to clean. Sometimes our whites in the laundry come out redish tinted.

So I don't know if it's rust or iron or what exactly does this. We have a well and water softner - FYI.

I've heard whole house filters will take care of this problem. No rust salt does not work and when Culligan tested it, they said it was fine.

I'd love to hear your opinion now that you know our situation! Thanks, Mike

NHMaster 01-29-2010 04:24 PM

You are going to need to run some basic tests for hardness and iron. You say you have a softener already and are still getting iron stains yes? A softener alone will remove some iron but if the iron is above the ability of the softener to remove it will eventually plug up the resin bed in the softener. Get a water test done first and then get back to us.

Gary Slusser 01-30-2010 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by medicmike (Post 391252)
To answer your questions our water is turning all of our toilets and tubs red. It has done this for years and it's almost impossible to clean. Sometimes our whites in the laundry come out redish tinted.

So I don't know if it's rust or iron or what exactly does this. We have a well and water softner - FYI.

I've heard whole house filters will take care of this problem. No rust salt does not work and when Culligan tested it, they said it was fine.

I'd love to hear your opinion now that you know our situation! Thanks, Mike

Red means iron or iron reducing bacteria. You need a raw water test for total or ferrous (clear water dissolved) iron. And obviously your softener is not removing the iron or you have IRB and will have to kill the bacteria to get rid of it.

If you mean a sediment filter, that won't help at all. If you mean an iron filter, you don't know you need one yet.

Mix a 1/2 cup dry measure of IO in 2-3 gallons of warm water, stir it up so it all dissolves and pour the solution into the water in the salt tank and do a manual regeneration. That will clean out the iron/rust in the resin bed and the control valve etc. and help the softener remove the iron and hardness in your water.


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