We've had a neutralizer and water softener for the past 27 years.
Plumber said, though, that well water also contains calcium which
after many years collects at the bottom of toilet drain, narrowing it
and risking backflow. Sort of like an artery that closes up with
fat/cholesterol as we age.
Is this true? Thanx, Marie
Actually it tends to collect in the small holes under the rim reducing
the flush action. In addition it would appear he has it wrong. The purpose
of your water softener is to remove the calcium and replace it with sodium
(a soft material) That happens in the ion exchange tank where the sodium
from the salt (sodium chloride) trades places with the calcium in the water
and forming calcium chloride that is flushed out. So if you water softener
is working you should not have a serious problem.
That is why, when you have a high calcium or lime content in your water, you
should clean your toilets with an acidic based toilet cleaner. Many liquid
cleaners are acidic based, read the ingredients to find a suitable one. The
acid in the cleaner will disolve the minerals to prevent them from building
up. Also you say that you have a water softener, if the toilet supply is
connected to the softened water, there "should" be no problems, as the
softener's job is to remove the calcium/lime from the water.
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