Recommendations on Acid Neutralizers

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  1. wvaleries

    wvaleries New Member

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    We currently have a Water Right Sanitizer Plus Series water softener in our 2-3 bath house. Our water was tested recently and the ph level was 6.5, iron 3.5, and hardness 12. We've been told that we need a 1.5 cu ft acid neutralizer installed. I have several questions. Does it matter what brand (any recommendations - we'd like to keep costs down as much as possible)? Calcite vs. mixed bed? Is this something that we can install ourselves? Thanks for any help you can give!
  2. Bob999

    Bob999 In the Trades

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    A backwashing filter with a Fleck 7000 control head is my recommendation. With pH of 6.5 Calcite (only) is indicated.

    I recommend at least 2 cubic ft of media and 2.5 is preferred for higher flow rates provided your well/pump can provide the required backwash rate.

    Installation involves making the plumbing connections (prior to the softener) for inlet, outlet, and a drain connection. You also need an outlet for the control-Time Clock is appropriate for AN filters.

    Here is one internet supplier (there are many others) so you can see a representative range of sizes/prices along with required backwash rates:

    http://www.ohiopurewater.com/shop/customer/home.php?cat=212
  3. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    I second Bob's motion. Good to see another 7000 fan on board. It's become the only valve I stock anymore.
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    6266aew New Member

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  5. 6266aew

    6266aew New Member

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    13x54 acid neutralizer

    your better off going with a 13x54 acid neutralizer you will get better contact timee with the media during peak water usage and you wont have to svc it as odten as the 10x54 unit

    aidan
    mid atlantic water
    888 299 7479
    www?midatlanticwater?net
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    What size pump does he need to successfully backwash that size AN filter?
  7. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    Ah the rite of initiation. All must pass the scrutiny of The Lord of filtration before offering advice. Lol.
    Ignore him 6266 or forever be drawn into the never ending cycle of abuse.

    However the answer to the question is............ Big enough lol
  8. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Agreed, but... to answer the question...

    Calcite should be backwashed at 8-12 GPM per Sq. Ft. of bed area. A 13" diameter tank would therefore require approximately 10 GPM to properly backwash.

    πr² / Sq. Ft. x recommended backwash rate
    6.5 x 6.5 x 3.14 / 144 x 10 = 9.2 GPM
  9. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    The fact is that many residential submersible or jet pumps are not capable of that flow rate. And anyone offering advice to someone about the size of heavy mineral filters should mention the flow rates required to backwash the size of the filter they suggest, or sell. The well must be capable of delivering that gpm for the total length of time of the backwash and then just a minute or so later the gpm for the rinse cycle. Some wells will not be able to do that. And the larger the filter, the longer the backwash and rinse positions run for and you can get into a couple hundred gallons in just 20-30 minutes. A 6" diameter well has 1.47 gal per foot of water in it. That's from the static water level down to the inlet to the pump, not the total depth of the well.

    And good buddy Tommy, that helps the guy avoid failed equipment and having call backs and unhappy customers.
  10. Tom Sawyer

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    Golly Wally, I'll bet he didn't know that lol.
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