Need help choosing a water softener system

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, Questions and Answers' started by ajcrm125, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. ajcrm125

    ajcrm125 New Member

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    Been suffering from hard well water since we built our house 10+ years ago and decided it's finally time to get a softening system. A bit overwhelmed at all of the options out there however. For some reason I thought there was a site where you could input your water test data and it would suggest filtering/softening solutions?
    Anyways my report shows the following. I assume the units are mg/l?

    Hardness 332.0
    Total Dissolved solids: 298.3
    Soidum 6.79
    Potassium 2.8
    Magnesium 4.4
    Calcium 129.6

    I can vouch for the calcium. That seems to be the biggest factor.

    So any recommendations on a whole-house softening solution?
    Thanks!
    -Adam
     
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    How about these numbers?
    Iron
    Manganese
    pH
    Arsenic​
    Also, are there any other values where the reported number is 50% or more of the MCL shown on your report?
     
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  4. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    It is important to have a real water test done prior to doing water treatment. I would recommend Kar Labs or NTL Labs. Simple, reasonably priced and very comprehensive testing.
     
  5. ajcrm125

    ajcrm125 New Member

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    Right the test was done from Quabbin Analytical Labs here locally. Being right next to the reservoir I'm lucky enough to have a lab pretty much next door. :)

    Some of the other requested values:
    Iron 0.03
    Manganese 0.07
    Ph 7.74
    Arsenic 0.00189

    I'll look at the report more and see if any values jump out.
     
  6. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Can you post a picture of the report, or simply email it to me, I will be glad to review it for you.
     
  7. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    Pending other info that develops from the rest of your test results, a softener 1.5 cubic ft of resin is what would be good for you.
     
  8. ajcrm125

    ajcrm125 New Member

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  9. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    Nice water. I would put a sediment filter before the softener myself. If it stays clean, it still served a QC purpose IMO.
     
  10. ajcrm125

    ajcrm125 New Member

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    Yeah I have one today and it works really well.

    @dittohead any insight based on my report?
    Thanks!
     
  11. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    A softener only, since you are on a well a Hydra just as a junk catch, other than that your water looks great.
     
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