Home hardness testing and suitable size softener for single family home

Old 12-10-08, 06:58 AM
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Home hardness testing and suitable size softener for single family home

Thank you in advance for any info you can provide.

We are experiencing some problems with residue in the dishwasher in our newly redone kitchen, and are confident it is due to the hardness of the well water in our single family home.

Firstly, where could we get the hardness tested locally?

Next, and I assume that the hardness test will help answer this question...how big of a water softener would we need for our single family home? 3 story split level with one dishwasher, one clothes washer, and 2 showers.

Also, are there compact softeners that can be installed in front of the dishwasher alone, so it does not treat our drinking water, etc?

Many thanks. AW

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Old 12-10-08, 08:03 AM
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You could have a local company come in and test the water for several impurities. Hardness, iron, sulfates (rotten egg smell) are needed to properly size up a system. As far as just the dishwasher, that would require a minture hot water system and they can be quite expensive plus taking up a lot of room. Your best bet is to soften the entire home. The savings you will have include the water heater, soaps and cleaning products and general plumbing life. Adding an RO just for your drinking will remove a lot more impurities and give you the bottle water taste.

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