Questions tagged [water-softener]

For questions regarding the installation and maintenance of devices that remove "hardness" from mains water and thus prevent the formation of limescale.

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RO System Install

We just bought a home with a well and we are concerned about the drinking water quality. We had the water tested and the hard water has too many dissolved solids according to the EPA (just above 500 ...
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Water softener with a 2 inch main line

I am looking to install a water softener for my home. The main line into the home is 2 inch which branches off to 1 inch eventually for hot and cold water and then to the fixtures. My question is, if ...
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What is this stuff at the bottom of my brine tank?

There is this brown silt/sediment on the salt pellets at the bottom of my brine tank. What is that?
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How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use?

How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use? Not looking for drinking purpose/RO, but for Bathing/Washing etc Electronic AntiScale System Magnetic Water Softener Salt ...
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Will adding a water softener to a house with hard water loosen / dissolve existing sediment?

Will adding a water softener to a house with (very) hard water loosen / dissolve existing sediments in pipes and appliances throughout the house? If so, is it anything to worry above?
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Spilled pvc primer in water softener tank?

So, let me start by saying I’m an idiot. As implied by the title, I spilled pvc primer in my water softener tank. I was installing a whole house filter overhead and doing the piping and knocked it ...
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Long term storage of water softener

A water softener has been disconnected and stored indoors for a year. Unit was drained. About an inch of salt was left to dry in the holding container. Unit was not disassembled. Can it be re-...
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Where to install a water conditioner?

I want to install a water conditioner for the purpose of minimizing the sticking of minerals to the faucets and a shower glass. From what I read a catalytic water conditioner will do the job. I will ...
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Water softening before washing machine

In the area I live the water is hard enough to make clothes stiff after some washing cycles. I would like not to use two or three times the detergent normally required just to soften water. According ...
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Salty water occasionally when showering

I've noticed that about once every 2 weeks, I'll get a sudden rush of salt water. It tastes salty and smells metallic. It goes away after a couple minutes. Usually when showering but I'm sure that is ...
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Is it practical to dismantle water softener control head?

I have a Culligan water softener in my water treatment shed. It's been determined that our water is not being softened. My research of this problem suggests various steps for resolution, which I've ...
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Any Issue Adding Garden Hose Bib To Soft Water Side of Water Loop?

I recently replaced a water softener unit at my house. I wanted to add a hose outlet for soft water to rinse off the car. I was wondering if there are any code issues with adding a garden hose bib via ...
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Culligan two stage softener problems

I'm having a few issues with my softener, I'm sure it's an older Culligan, I'm just not sure what model number it is. The problem's I am having are a leak just started from the two entries for the ...
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Is an air gap required for our new Kinetico water softener?

We're having a Kinetico water softener system installed today. They're planning on running the drain tube down the wash drain. We're a little concerned because they're not establishing an air gap but ...
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Salt ring around water heater

I turned off my water heater while on vacation. I did not turn off my water softener. I returned home to find a salt ring outside the water softener overflow pan and what appears to be dried up water ...
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Water Softener Drain Line with Loop - Flexible PVC to Sharkbite?

So, I bought a Genesis Revolution upflow water softener to install in my first house in Laveen AZ. We have a water softener loop already plumbed into the house. The airgap is in the laundry room ...
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Running Water through Air Injection Softener with no power

Im in no way a plumber so forgive me if this is a silly question. I am on a well water system with an air injection softener. Last night, the circuit breaker its on shorted out. Im really at a loss ...
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How can I handle water softener output without relying on a sump pump?

We bought a house that had a water softener in the basement. It drains into a crock and gets to our septic by a sub pump. In 6 months the pump has failed twice flooding our unfinished basement. I ...
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Replacing carbon block filters in deionization (Ion Exchange) system annual maintenance

Below is the image of my setup. I replaced all maintenance items at the same time, carbons blocks and resin, however noticed the ppm was around 5x times (100ppm) after replacement, and only after ...
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Two water softeners connected in series

I am trying to fix my existing water softening system, or understand if it needs to be replaced. The system was installed in my house by some previous owner. I have no documentation on the system. ...
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Installing a water softener - Brine tank overflow w/o drain nearby

My old water softener isn't working anymore and so I wanted to replace it myself. The kind I have currently is one where the salt tank and the other tank are separate and the kind I am looking to get ...
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How do I prevent white film forming on utensils in dishwashers?

I've installed a Bosch SMS60L18IN dishwasher, best in its latest series. We were very satisfied with its first wash when it gave us clean utensils without any problems. We put a 3 in 1 tablet then. ...
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Water softener installation

I want to install a water softener for our house and the company that I am dealing with told me that the unit must be installed outside unless I only want to soften the hot water. Is this true?
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What are the practical differences between 1/2“ and 3/4” pipe between a water softener and water heater?

I purchased a WaterBoss ProSeries water softener and plan to install it immediately before my water heater as described in this post. The instructions for the water softener indicate that 3/4" pipe ...
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Can a water softener bypass value be used as a temporary shut off value?

We want to install a water softener (which we already own) which has a bypass value which looks something like this: My question is whether or not we could use this bypass value to temporarily shut ...
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Any concerns with this water softener plan?

I'm trying to decide where to place my water softener. I originally planned to put it in the utility closet where city water comes in, but this plan had a variety of issues. My current plan is to re-...
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How to clean water softer salt tank without disconnecting?

About 6mo ago, I replaced my 20+yo water softener with a Morton M34 model (resin tank inside salt tank). When I disconnected the old one, I put all the salt from it in a box in my laundry room ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...