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Fleck 5600MI Leaking at Head

My 5600MI is leaking at the head. New house and it was left like this. Can this be rebuilt? Would this fix it? https://www.amazon.ca/AFWFilters-Softener-Rebuild-60102-00-Spacers/dp/B00FN2F71C/ref=...
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Gas Furnace and Water Softener Drain Lines Configuration

Just wondering if anyone can explain why the drain lines out of the furnace has a loop before entering the sewer drain. As well as the drain line for the water softener being elevated above the ...
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Is there iron in my hot water heater, and will running a softener clear it?

I'm on well water and there is a lot of iron in it, so I put in Culligan water softener outfit. Before I always got a lot of orange-red color water came out after regeneration; with this new softener ...
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Softened water has a fishy smell

Background: inherited water softener system from family member (who elected to change to full house reverse osmosis), typical setup with resin tank and brine tank. Softener system sat for over a year, ...
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Leaking hose on new water softener. Using old hoses

So we had to replace our water softener. After the installation we are getting some small leaking from the old hose. At first we thought it wasn't tightened all the way so we took them off and ...
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Water softener unused for 11 months—safe to use?

We just bought a new house, which has a salt-based water softener (picture below). The sellers hadn't been living in the house since last December (2022) while they were having it remodeled, so they ...
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Forgot to add salt to my water softener - how many regens do I need?

I am usually pretty good about remembering to add salt to my water softener, but the last couple months I have been extra distracted with life. I finally realized my water was feeling harder than ...
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Water Softener & Filter Water & Drain Advice

Looking at adding a water softener and water filter to my house. I've drawn up what I'm thinking in but looking for advice on some of what I show if there is a better/different way I should be doing ...
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Should I use salt pellets for my new Clark water softener?

I have a new Clark water softener. The technician recommended using Sure Soft with extra coarse. I have a few bags of Diamond Crystal salt pellets that I bought from Costco for my old water softener. ...
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Are water softeners bad for tank water heaters? [duplicate]

I've read in a water heater manual, and was told by a friend, that water filtered with a water softener is bad for tank water heaters, without being given any other explanation. On the website of a ...
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Can I attach a water softener drain to my gutter drain?

I'm installing a water softener drain in the garage and I'm wondering if it would be okay to have it drain to a gutter drain by drilling a hole out of my garage? The gutter drain is connected to a ...
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Adding salt pellets direct to home water tank

Our house is not connected to a town water supply, we just have a water tank under our house (approx. 12000 litres / 3000 gallons). We have it filled from a water truck every 3-4 weeks. Apparently ...
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Suggest a suitable water treatment plant for Hard water [closed]

Last year, we dug a 450-feet deep borewell at home. However, the water from the borewell turned out to be hard and caused various issues such as turbidity and the formation of white scales on kitchen ...
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How Does Water Softener Grains Per Gallon Setting Work?

My softener (Whirlpool 30K) is about 7 years old. When it was installed, and until recently, the incoming hardness was around 25 grains per gallon (GPG). Probably due to new city water sources/methods,...
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Should expansion tank be installed before or after water softener?

I'm installing a water softener and expansion tank similar to the picture below. Does the expansion tank get installed before the water softener, or immediately before the HWT?
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Is it permissible to connect water softener drain(s) to tub/shower unit overflow drain? How? [closed]

My A.O. Smith water softener system (6-month sediment pre-filter, 6-year whole-house filter tank, 6-year descaler tank, and 6-month sediment post-filter) seems not up to the job of softening the local ...
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Where should I drain my water softener on a well/septic?

I discovered that my water softener hose was discharging out in the open using a hose that just went directly outside a basement vent and into the open. I'm on a septic/well system so I can't just ...
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Cleaning out rust buildup in kinetico water softener unit

I have a kinetico water softener system and we were having some pressure problems in outside hoses. The installers came out and said that the issue was due to excessive iron buildup inside the unit (...
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Standing water in water softener, do I need to replace my newly installed water softener?

I purchased the Rheem Preferred 32,000 Grain Water Softener from Home Depot (with an extended warranty) about a month ago and had it professionally installed by my plumber. However, I noticed recently ...
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Why is pressure through my water softener intermittently weak? [duplicate]

I have a Kenmore 625.383560 water softener (WS), and I experienced consistent low water pressure previously. Earlier post is here: Why does my water softener cause low water pressure? As advised, I ...
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Why does my water softener cause low water pressure?

I have a Kenmore 625.383560 water softener (WS). It looks to be the most generic WS on the planet that every house has. I have set my pressure at 70 psi using the regulator on the house supply line. ...
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Unsure what these water softener dials are for

I have a Rainsoft water softener with a mechanical timer with 3 knobs I can turn. The first (the small one with the arrows) turns a large wheel to adjust the time. This time, I assume, is supposed to ...
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How should I run drain line from water softner to sewer cleanout -- located outside?

I need to run a drain line from a water softner to a sewer cleanout. The water softner and cleanout are located outside and right next to each other. The builder designed it so a water softner could ...
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Anticipated water pressure drop in the water softener circuit, please advise

My existing water softener system consists of the following: Pressure tank -> Culligan Whole house filter (R50) -> Iron Filter -> Softener -> main line to the house There is an RO after ...
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How to insert water softener drain pipe

I'm installing water softener in my garage .. there are two drain pipes already there, which one to use and how to open these? Any pointers on these?
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Sludge filling the bottom of Kenmore Water Softener

Kenmore UltraSoft 425 The water softener tank was filled to the top with water. I cleaned the Venturi and put it back on. I jiggled the float valve and ran the recharge. I came back, and it was empty ...
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Can I improve this water softener installation?

I recently DIY-installed this water softener in my home (see picture,) but I don't particularly like what I had to do to get it installed. The 18" corrugated stainless bendy lines each have 1 ...
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Drain line for water softener into cleanout

House is in southern California and was built in the 1950s with cast iron drain pipes. I'll be installing a water softener and backflushing carbon filter on the patio in the near future. I am trying ...
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How can we get mostly soft water from our water softener?

We recently had a Sentry II 960 series water softener installed, and we're not liking the soft water. It makes the tubs and showers dangerously slippery, and some family members just don't like the ...
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Water softener works, but water is still hard

I have a Culligan water softener, which also includes the brine tank. There's sufficient salt in the tank, and the softener regenerates regularly as has been programmed, however the water is still ...
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Kenmore Coldspot 106 Refrigerator Water Dispenser Slow After 2 months with softener. Repair, replace?

We have a Kenmore Coldspot 106 refrigerator that has a water dispenser. The refrigerator came with our current place. It was working fine for about 9-12 months. Then we installed a whole home water ...
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Are BWT brand water softeners "auto"?

I'm planning to buy a water softener (I'm UK based). From what I understand there are two broad types; "Electric/timer driven" and "Non-electric/automatic", the main difference ...
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Why does my water have a weird smell and taste after installing a new water softener?

Softener was installed per the installation manual. Bleach was used to sanitize the unit, per the manual. Added salt to the unit and ran a regeneration and everything seemed to work as it should. ...
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water softener install - outdoor @ city water intake

Moved into a 1950s home with galvanized pipes and 20+gpg hard water. Doing renovations and hard water is beating up everything new, so I want to install a water softener resin+brine tank like the ...
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Installed a water softener, but only getting soft water on the first floor

I live in a three-story townhome. I installed a salt-based water softener, but I only get super-cloudy and slippery water (with hardness reading zero) on the first floor. The first floor is pretty ...
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Connecting water system drain line to sewer

I’m replacing my water filtering and softener system. The only drain we have in the basement is connected to the sewer pipe. The drain line for the old system are T’ed together and connected to the ...
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Why are water softeners a domestic installation?

I live in a south England region with very hard water, and some years ago I bought a water softener, which has made a big difference by eliminating scale buildup around plugholes etc. However, these ...
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How to find a drain line for water softener installation?

I'm looking to replace "Nuvo Home" with a Aquasure salt-based water softener (Harmony Series 48,000 Grains). Installation process seems to be straightforward, but I'm not sure where the ...
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Water softener - preplumb includes drain?

I'm planning to install a water softener but there is no drain, just the water pipe loop to cut into and connect up with. The plans for the house say "water softener preplumb for" - does ...
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Identifying existing water softener connections

My friend is installing a water softener in the house where the softener of unknown brand was previously installed. The existing connection consists of some sort of clip coupling with double o-rings, ...
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Water softener - safe to discharge into septic?

Is it okay to connect a water softener discharge so it goes to the regular drain which feeds to a septic system, or may it cause harm or impair the system? It seems like online there are articles ...
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Well - Water - Plumbing, Setup advice

We have a well system in our home, which is multi-story (basement and 2 floors), and I am looking to optimize the setup of the system to make it more efficient. As you can tell from the photo whoever ...
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Trying to Consolidate Two Water Lines + Tie In a Softener

I'm trying to determine the best way to simplify a mess I've inherited. I've included an extremely rudimentary (and not to scale) sketch for reference. If you're wondering how it arrived at this ...
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P trap won't drain from water softener

I installed a water softener in a house we just moved into. I did a manual regen to test everything and nothing or at least very little drains past the P Trap and is pouring into the crawl space. I ...
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house well pumps and softener system inside or outside workshop

I'm in the initial phase of laying out my 14x32 workshop and I need advice on whether to put the water treatment system and well pump outside or inside the workshop space. Here's what i currently have ...
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Can a water softener be installed after a thermal expansion tank? [duplicate]

Our thermal expansion tank is installed after the meter and feeds into the house and hot water heater. It seems like it should have been installed immediately prior to the water heater... Can I ...
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Can i reuse a water string filter with a backflush and vinegar flush

Water here is very hard. String filter is caked up after 3 weeks. Thinking backflush and wash with vinegar, reuse one time. The new filters are 4.5 inch and at replacing every 3 weeks, thats going ...
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How can I install a water softener in my basement with no floor drain?

Drain lines for house are in the joists in the ceiling in basement. I could route the softener drain into the sump pump temporarily, but thats not really optimal. I understand the need an air gap for ...
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GE Water Softener: Can it function without the outflow turbine that monitors water flow going out?

I just replaced the resin in my water softener which went find and dandy, but while reassembling the unit to the plumbing (in-flow / out-flow), I accidentally put the water flow turbine in backwards ...
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Soundproofing around water softener

I'm trying to come up with options for soundproofing around our water softener (and the mechanicals that go alongside it - not including water heater). Currently when it goes through it's regen cycle, ...
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