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Old 11-04-08, 06:54 PM
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softener questions

I am considering a softener to condition my well water. My hardness is low, (less than 5 grains), but my iron is high(2 ppm).

Is it ok to get a larger size than really needed? We only have two adults in the house now, but you never know....might have more someday. The website I'm using says a 16000 grain(0.5 cu. ft) is ok for two people, but I'm thinking of getting a 24,000 or even a 32,000. We have 2.5 bathrooms, dishwasher and clothes washer.

Fleck 5600 or Clack WS-1 control? I've read good things about both.

Thanks for any help...
 
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Old 11-04-08, 07:38 PM
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With 2 ppm iron, I wouldn't go less than a 32,000 grain unit. You need more contact time (bed depth) and the smaller units don't allow that.
 
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ok...so a 32k unit would be better.

How often should the unit be re-generated? Once a week or more often?

Should I use Morton Rust Rmover pellets?

Do I need to use something like "Iron Out" once in while to clean the resin?

Thanks for the help...
 
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Old 11-09-08, 02:53 PM
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With a metered system, it only regens when the capacity is used up. That saves you in the long run. With your water the gallon wheel should be set 2000 gallon. With 2 people using an average of 150 per day= 13.3 days between regens.

Using the morton rust remover is more expensive then the iron out. You don't need to use both.
 
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Thanks for the help. I wasn't sure if the resin needed more frequent flushing due to the iron content.

How often would I need to use the Iron Out?
 
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Old 11-10-08, 09:44 AM
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Do you have clear water iron or red water? I always layer the iron out in the salt. There are instructions on the bottle. As far as more frequent regens, it may be possible demanding on it's red water or clear water iron.
 
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We have clear iron. I will check out the Iron Out.

How would I know if I am regenerating often enough? Any signs I should be looking for?

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Old 11-10-08, 08:07 PM
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How would I know if I am regenerating often enough? Any signs I should be looking for?

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Buy some hardness test strips. Check your water just prior to a regen (maybe 500 gallons prior). Then check it when it gets to 0 gallons.
 
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Thanks for your help....I'll pick up some test strips for hardness and iron.
 
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How much salt should I be using per regen?
 
 

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