Well Filtering and Softening Configuration and Maintenance

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Old 01-22-12, 06:32 PM
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Well Filtering and Softening Configuration and Maintenance

I recently bought a home with three systems I had not experienced:
1) Water softener
2) Radon water treatment system
3) Well & Sediment Filters

The prior homeowner had been out of the house for a few years and the last tenant had left a year or two before we moved in. I have cleaned the brine tank and replace the sediment filters regularly but that's about it as far as maintenance. I had a few questions to guide my future efforts. Here's a schematic of the equipment I see as a starting point.



1) The order of the equipment doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. It seems like at least one if not both sediment filters should be the first thing in line to reduce the amount of debris that gets caught in the softener resin and perhaps the radon tank. Should I consider reordering the items or is the current setup ok?

2) The water is extremely iron-rich. The 5Ķm filter helps but the taste definitely still comes through. The softener was likely installed during the last major renovation in 1995. Is it time to replace the resin or is there something else I should try?

3) Is there other regular maintenance I should think about on either the softener or the radon system?

I'm sure I've left out important details so please let me know what other details I can provide.

Thanks much,
Adam
 
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Old 01-23-12, 05:20 AM
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With regard to water softener tanks 1 and 2, does each tank have its own timer? If so, one unit may be the softener and the other an acid neutralizer (only the softener would draw brine from the tank). If you do have an acid neutralizer, you may have calcite in the tank to maintain an adequate PH level in the water. The calcite would have to be replenished on occasion but not nearly as often as the salt bin. I have an acid neutralizer in my residence and it needs calcite service about every 8 years (but, the frequency depends on your specific water chemistry). An array of closeup and more distant pictures of your system would be helpful.
 
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Old 01-23-12, 06:38 PM
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Good question, lrig0550. There are indeed two timers so perhaps one is an acid neutralizer as you suggest. I will take and post some pictures to give a better idea of what's happening in the next day or two. Thanks!
 
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The thread seemed to head the direction of water softeners so I reposted to that category.

Look here:
http://www.doityourself.com/forum/wa...iguration.html
 
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