Sediment filter questions

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, Questions and Answers' started by cnrhome, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. cnrhome

    cnrhome New Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Hello all,

    I'm (finally) going to be replacing my whole water system due to a number of problems ( piping hanging in mid air, poor pressure on 2nd floor, tank bladder has a small leak, tank and piping directly in front of elect panel, 40 yr old softener ) and I'm starting on the sediment filters and figured I'd ask for some comments/advice. I currently have a 20" x 3" filter that takes 2 coupled together 'regular' filters. They gets filled pretty fast and really cut my water pressure, so I want to :

    - Use 1 1/4" PVC ASAP water comes through the check-valve from the well.
    - Add a Cycle Stop Valve (right after the check valve, before pressure tank) for constant pressure
    - Use 2 filters (after pressure tank, before softener) w/1" connections in parallel, so that while changing one, the house can run off the other.
    - For the filters I'm thinking either (2) 20" x 3", or (2) 10" x 5" Big Blue. Is either better than the other?
    - I thought I'd like at least 1 clear filter housing, just to see how it looks before changing them, but they are way more expensive. Is a clear one worth getting?
    - I like the idea of the pleated 'washable' filters to cut costs ( clean them every few months and replace every (1,2,3?) yrs. )
    - Given my slightly acidic, high iron and sediment water, I want to use PVC as much as possible (the water ate thru the previous galvanized pipe). The ball valves/unions are much cheaper too, but can they be trusted to last as long or longer than brass?

    So, does this sound like a good plan?

    Thanks for your input

  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Aug 31, 2004
    Wherever I park the motorhome.
    If you get rid of all the galvanized you probably will not have a need for any type/size disposable cartridge filters. And your new softener will last longer.

    PVC can't corrode like brass does. And I used to buy and use PVC valves by the case and never had any problems with them. CPVC valves were a different story.
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  4. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

    Nov 29, 2010
    You can't use PVC for water piping within a residence
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