Help selecting a water softener system

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Anh Dang

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Hi,

I finished building a new house recently and wants to put in a water softener to protect it. I have been lurking this forum for 10 months while the house was building but still couldn't figure out how to select a dependable system that meets my needs.

My house is 3000 sq ft, 3.5 baths (2 shower heads in master), 2 adults but my relatives may move in so possible (5 adults, 3 kids).

I'm planning on having whole house filtration with Homemaster Two Stage + Water Softener
and a Point of Use RO system under the sink.

Edit: The main valve is plastic 1". There is no plumbing loop or open drain so I have to put those in.

Here is my city water report:
Chloride (ppm) 65.3
Iron (ppb) ND
Manganese (ppb) 4.47
pH 8.65
Calcium (ppm) 60.7
Magnesium (ppm) 4.47
Total Hardness [as CaCO3] (ppm) 191

I used the calculator on AWFilters.com and it said I should use a dual-tank 64k grain with Fleck 9100SXT. So I am looking at one of their systems with purolite resin. Are their meters genuine Fleck devices? Is a service flow rate of 10 GPM and peak 15 GPM adequate? Is that the correct capacity?

I appreciate any advice on this. The information on water softener system is confusing. Thank you so much.
 
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A twin alternating is not a bad idea but the cost/maintenance will likely not be desirable compared to the simplicity of a single tank system. You will lose a tiny bit of efficiency with a single tank system, but certainly not enough to care about.
 

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I plan on adding a plumbing loop right after the main valve and use the nearby drain vent for the softener discharge.
 

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you've got city water with no iron and 11 gpg hardness... frankly you could get by without a softener, but by no means do you need a twin 64k system, good lord. get a 30k cabinet softener from menards and pay a handyman (or your builder) $100 to install it and you'll be good for 10 years. for reference I have 32 gpg hardness, 3ppm Fe, and iron bacteria on well water, so I have a bit of experience dealing with water issues.
 
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