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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 maker/...
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Is it safe to discharge a water softener into a saltwater swimming pool? [closed]

I want to use my water softener's recharge water to fill my pool instead of having it going to the drain. My pool is also a salt water pool.
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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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Are Electronic Water Conditioners Effective

I'm looking into water softeners, and am intrigued by the "electronic descaler" option. They seem like snake oil - do they actually work? Here is an example.
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Is this a workable water softener plan?

I'd like to install a water softener in my house. I have a good idea of what's required, but I'd like to know if I'm overlooking anything. I have city water coming into my basement through the floor ...
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Acid Water Neutralizer - How To: AquaPure Neutralizer use and maintenance

I recently purchased a new home and it appears to have come equipped with an Aqua-Pure Acid Water Neutralizer system, model APUN100 (not APUN100-LW as that seems to be the only thing I can find ...
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Why is my water softener hammering during recharge?

My water softener is water hammering during recharge. Any thoughts on what might need to be fixed?
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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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Is water taste an indication that my softener is failing?

My softener uses potassium chloride and it seems to affect the taste of the water when it recharges. The bad taste would come and go after a few days time. I put it on bypass and the bad taste has ...
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How do I measure how hard my water is?

Following on from How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain it looks like my water softener may not be working. How do I measure how hard my water is?
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Does a water softener only need to be plugged in to recharge?

I gutted my house and have yet to get an outlet wired in by my water softener. I still use hot water on occasion while I'm at the house so I want to make sure the water is still softened to avoid ...
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Where should I install the water softener?

We are planning on installing a water softener. The main water source is located outside, about 20 feet from the backyard. The water heater is located in the garage. We are wondering if we have to ...
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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 would cause a brand new water softener to not soften water?

About 15mo ago, I bought a house with a non-functional water softener. The old unit was installed in 1993 so i figured it was simply at the end of its life and time to be replaced. I finally got ...
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Are the resin beads inside old water softeners flammable?

Our old water softener just broke and released all the resin beads into our hot water heater. I've been draining it but a significant amount of beads went into the drain pan under the hot water heater....
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Water softener beads in the system

The water softener in my house failed and I now have tiny beads all through my system. I have poor water pressure with some outlets barely dribbling and these beads coming out. Is there a way to flush ...
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Plumbing - Particles / Debris In Faucets and Toilets - Water Softener Going Bad?

I had a hot water heater replaced in my house. Shortly thereafter, I noticed that the water flow in one of my faucets near the heater was very low. I wasn't sure, what to make of it, so I had the ...
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Whole home humidifier suspected of causing water softener problems

We moved into our house last summer. The water in our area is pretty hard, so we have a water softener for the house. The water softener has an impeller attached to it to meter the water and ...
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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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Can I use a zero-waste reverse osmosis filter with a water softener?

I have a zero-waste reverse osmosis system under my kitchen sink (a Watts ZRO-4 specifically, though there are other systems to which this applies) and my house is also pre-plumbed for a softener in ...
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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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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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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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Can I add an air gap to an existing drain pipe?

I am installing a water softener in my garage. There is already a place to connect into the water line (after the existing sediment filter), and there is an existing drain pipe (2 inch PVC that runs ...
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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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Why does my water softener make the water smell like Iron and taste like salt?

We just moved into a three year old home. The house was empty for nine months and the water was shut off. During closing, we turned the water on and ran it for about twenty minutes before doing the ...
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Will shutting off water to house hurt a water softener?

Will shutting off the water supply to the house hurt a water softner?
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What kind of chlorine solution do I use in water treatment system?

We recently bought a house in which the previous owner had installed a Culligan softener system with not only brine and resin tanks but also a chlorine tank with a pump. There isn't a Culligan ...
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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 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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Should I place my RO filter on straight city water or post-softener water?

It's my basic understanding that a water softener removes dissolved calcium and magnesium and replaces it with sodium. It's not clear to me, however, which is worse for the reverse osmosis filter, ...
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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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When do tankless water heaters need to be descaled?

I had a Bosch tankless natural gas water heater that stopped working with C7 and EA error codes and the plumber indicated that the unit had failed due to water getting into the internals like the fan ...
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Can I shut off the water supply by unplugging the water softener?

I have to replace one of the O-Rings in a leaky faucet, and would have to shut off the water valve to said faucet. However, the faucets in my place don't have individual shut off valves, and there is ...
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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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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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Merging water softener drain line to water heater relief valve drain line

I'm wanting to install a water softener. Can I merge the drain pipe from the softener with the line coming from the relief valve on the top of the water heater? I'm concerned about the elevation of ...
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How can I be sure my water softener is working?

I recently purchased a 12 year old home in Central Indiana that came with a water softener (waterboss model). The owners claimed it to be working during the closing. When we moved into the house, we ...
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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 .05)...
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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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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 bad?...
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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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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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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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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 ...