Water softener, Decisions and Opinions

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  1. Tab1011

    Tab1011 New Member

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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    So glad to find this forum!

    I am in need of a water softener system. My hach-b test is coming out to 9 gpg and with 4 people currently in the house my calculation is a 32k will work easily. House has 5 baths, 3 are used primarily at this time.

    I also want to get the chlorine out of my water and believe a carbon filter would help solve that.

    From my readings I see there are concerns of getting chinese low quality parts. Any vendor(s) that someone can recommend or have experience with? I am looking at the Fleck 5600SXT as it seems the easiest to obtain and probably will replace the valve with the steel one. The resin size I am thinking is 1.5 CU.

    Is it better to put a KDF 55 or purchase a 2 stage filtration that will go before the softener? Any suggestions on the filter would be appreciated, I am looking at something like this.. https://www.amazon.com/Home-Master-Filter-Sediment-Carbon/dp/B005A3WPA0

    As much as I would like to DIY it but will hire a plumber to take care of the installation.

    Thank you all for your input!
     
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    Is this untreated water from you own well, or treated water from a city etc?
    Sounds right. There appears there may be some advantage of the plastic bypass over the stainless steel. But stainless steel is certainly good.
    Before looking at filtering, you should know what the water is like. I don't know KDFs.
     
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  4. Tab1011

    Tab1011 New Member

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    Sorry it is city water I just notice the chlorine is very noticeable, enough to even make me use filtered fridge water to make coffee
     
  5. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    A backwashing carbon tank before the softener is a good solution. That will have a type of carbon, and if the city uses chloromine, that carbon will be a catalytic carbon.

    Regarding a little cartridge filter instead of a backwashing filter, that is probably not up to the job.
     
  6. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Agreed, the KDF/Carbon filters are a joke for this application. A properly sized backwashing carbon system is the correct way to go.
     
  7. Tab1011

    Tab1011 New Member

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    Could you give me an example of what I should be looking for?
     
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    Also is anyone aware of any reputable vendors?
     
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