Lime/Calcium deposits in water heater - which filter should I get?


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Old 10-28-08, 06:12 AM
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Lime/Calcium deposits in water heater - which filter should I get?

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I live in Tallahassee, FL, and here are my two biggest problems with my water that I am trying to solve:
1. Every year, I have to drain my 2 water heaters and pour 12 gallons of Apple Cider into them to dissolve the heavy calcium / lime solids that have built up. If I don't do this, I end up having to replace the water heater(s). I can tell when it needs it because flow of hot water available at the tap slows way down to a crawl.
2. When I wash my cars, I always get these white water spots after the cars dry off. I want clean, filtered water that will leave the cars without spots. If I wash the cars just while it is about to rain, the rain water does not leave the spots.

Can anyone tell me what kind of system I need to fix these two problems? My water does not taste or smell bad. It is from a utility company (not a well).
Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 10-28-08, 06:14 AM
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Water softener.

Some reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_water
 
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Old 10-28-08, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by the_tow_guy View Post
Water softener.

Some reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_water
Thanks. It looks like I've got the classic hard water case, then. The hard part will probably be finding a filtration system that will support me being able to hook up a garden hose to it and washing my car. That flow rate would be pretty high, I think.
 
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I don't think you'll have a problem. I'm on well water with <50 psi on the system and the softener does not overly restrict flow.
 
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OK, that's a relief to hear.
Can anyone reccomend some specific units that are low maintainence and reliable?
 
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I've been in the water treament industry for over 17 years. I like the Fleck 5600 meter demand system. It does not have electronics to go bad. It is very reliable and dependable and the cost is around $600.00-$800.00.
 
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I've been in the water treament industry for over 17 years. I like the Fleck 5600 meter demand system. It does not have electronics to go bad. It is very reliable and dependable and the cost is around $600.00-$800.00.
Thanks, I'll research that one.
 
 

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