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How can I remove iron from water?

Currently, the water smells very strong of Iron (Water softener is currently broke, going to be fixed shortly). The neighbors in the area said the softener will get some of the iron but they had to ...
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Do polyphosphates reduce scale in refrigerator ice makers?

I am considering switching to a polyphosphate-containing water filter for my refrigerator ice maker/water dispenser. Currently, I use softened water to prevent calcium build-up in the ice ...
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How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?

I moved into a house constructed in year 2000 that already has an Ionics Hydro 5000 water softener installed. The old owner never left a manual and I couldn't find a manual online, so I'll voice my ...
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Would not running the recharge cycle for an extended period cause a water softener to fill with water?

The other day I noticed the basement floor was damp around my water softener. I opened the lid and found that it was almost completely full of water. As I thought about it I couldn't remember the ...
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Salt free and low maintenance water softener

I want to install a water softener for my house.I am using a salt based softener now which requires me to change salt frequently.Is there any salt free and low maintenance softener exists ,is it ...
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How to bypass a clogged water softener?

We have bad water pressure in the house all of the sudden, and I spent about an hour tonight trying to locate the general vicinity of the problem, and it looks like it may be our water softener. For ...
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how can I reduce manganese, hardness, radon, and prescence of coliforms in well water?

I'm purchasing a home in NH and just received my comprehensive water test from the inspector. Here are the marks I'm most alarmed at. Hardness 264 (want it under 75) Manganese: .51 (want it under ...
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what is the brown foam and sludge in my water softener brine tank?

My water softener's brine tank has a brown foam on top of the water. the water itself has brown particles in it. My plumber said this is brown "iron" algae and it will not harm the system. but he ...
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How does my geothermal heat pump heat my hot water tank/UV filter and softner

I had my heat pump replaced recently and had it hooked it up to the hot water tank so that as the pump was on, whether cooling or heating the home would also partially heat the water in the tank. My ...
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Water softener diposal pipe/field

What is an effective way to dispose of the waste water following regeneration/washing out of a water softener?
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Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?

We live in Florida and have had white crusty buildup for years in our dishwasher and on our shower heads and faucets and in washing machine. 3 years ago we bought an "Easy Water" thing for $300 and it ...
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Why does my water smell bad after the water softener?

Just bought a house, and I don't really understand how the water softening system is set up. Here's my best guess: Water from the well is pretty hard, and very iron filled. It smells enough to smell ...
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Water Softener using 150 gallons of water a day to regenerate?

We have an Ultimate II water softener that is aprox 12 yrs old. I've been told it's on it's last legs but I don't know much about them. I have a few questions. We noticed our water bill has ...
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What is this in my water softener?

My water softener was filling up with water and when I called the tech specialist, they said it was my O-Rings were damaged and needed replacement. On taking the top parts off the drum, the inside of ...
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Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house

I recently was wondering how good my inherited water softener was performing so I bought some strips and tested the water in my house. The water was very hard, so I wanted to figure out what's up. The ...
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Was my water softener hooked up correctly?

This is my third water softener post - I only intended to have one but I just started getting more questions as I was typing them up. See What is the white crystals in my water softener? and how to ...
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What is the white crystals in my water softener? and how to clean properly

I bought a Hague WaterMax 63BAQ used water softener about two years ago. It didn't work until a few days ago when I had a specialist come fix it. (see this post Any idea what parts were replaced on my ...
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Any idea what parts were replaced on my water softener?

I bought a Hague WaterMax 63BAQ used water softener about two years ago. I had a local plumber offer to install it in exchange for some computer work. Once it was installed for a day, it started ...
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How does a two-piece water softener work and what maintenance does it require?

I've read that there are single units and conditioners with reservoirs. I've gathered that they both need to be replenished with conditioning salt. I have a two piece (below) unit and am wondering how ...
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Is there a globally recommended “hardness” setting for a water softener?

On a Morton System Saver, there's a setting labelled hardness, but no clear indication as to what setting is "recommended" -- or even whether this setting is the desired "output" or "input" hardness ...
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What is the cheapest way to make well water with 800ppm TDS suitable for bathing and washing dishes?

I have a 200 foot bore for water in my home. The Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) value of that water is around 790-800ppm. I want to make this water safe for bathing, dish-washing and clothes washing. I ...
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Why am I getting water scaling even with a softener installed?

I have a problem with higher levels of scaling around sinks and toilets and I'm wondering if someone can help. We recently purchased an older home (35 years old), which did not have a water softener ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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What happens if I don't replace my water treatment filter?

My house has Water Softener (Ionics IQ Series) installed by previous owner. We really haven't replaced the filter diligently, is there any consequence for this? I mean, will it make my drink water ...
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How do you access the Rainsoft water softener “advanced” settings, such as hardness?

The user manual says that this setting is setup "by your Rainsoft dealer" when the softener is installed. Well, I bought mine off of Craigslist and I don't know how to verify if the settings are ...
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If I fit a water softener, will I run out of on-demand water via bath/shower-use?

I'm interested in fitting a water-softener (specifically, the Twintec S3, which is a dual-cylinder unit developed in the UK, apparently) to my home. My home is over 3 stories, with a bathroom on the ...
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What should the water main connect to first: carbon filter or water softener?

I have an Amazon Gold carbon filter and water softener. It's not clear to me if the water main should go to the carbon filter first then to the water softener or vice versa. So, which goes first?
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Is temporarily reducing the water supply line an option when installing a water softener?

I am installing a water softener in my house. Currently we're getting the water supply from 1" PEX that has a service loop in the garage. I built my own 1" PVC bypass system for a GE water softener ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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How can I prevent mineral build-up from my water?

I'm not sure whether my house receives really hard water, or water that has a lot of junk or sediment in it, but I am constantly having to soak my faucet spreaders and shower heads. Recently, I ...
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My water softener has a setting for KCl (Potassium) / NaCl (Sodium), what does it do exactly?

I'm having some trouble with a relatively new water softener (<2 years). It seems like it is cycling when it should as the salt level is definitely going down, but the water is still hard. While ...
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What sort of things should one look for in a water-softener?

Hard water (from a well) at the house, and I was wondering what to look for in terms of getting a water-softener, or things to avoid.