Water Neutralizers Cost

The plumbers have told my grandmother that she needs a self- cleaning water neutralizer. I really have no doubt of this as she has had serious copper corrosion issues, and the plumbers have had her water tested and found it to have a very low pH (high acid). My question has to do with how much she will be paying. They have quoted her around $1300 installed. I have seen a couple units online for about $1000. It looks like installation is realtively simple. She is on a fixed income and needs to watch her pennies. Can someone give guidelines as to how much she should spend? Help much appreciated! Frank
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frank1492 wrote:

She is almost dead, don't waste your money.
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Is it well water, you can do a ph test yourself with a lawn test kit or litmus paper for 1$. Call your city for unbiased honest advise. To many "Pros" prey on the old folks everywhere. Trust nobody, do your research. How old is the copper, what is happening, and where. How about the neighbors, what do they do, ask them.
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wrote Re Water Neutralizers Cost:

I have a neutralizer and $300 to install the unit sounds reasonable to me, provided that:
1) The installation includes the needed provision for back flushing (may not be needed in a municipal water system)
2) The installation includes bypass valves and piping so the unit can be bypassed and removed for service if needed.
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Caesar, can you tell me what brand of neutralizer you have and what it cost, exclusive of installation? I think they have recommended a model that doesn't require back flushing. I assume you do have to add a calcium compound once a year, no? Some good advice on bypass...l
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wrote Re Re: Water Neutralizers Cost:

I have a Sears neutralizer that I purchased about 25-years ago. It's a model 625.340240. As I recall it cost about $350 at the time.
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I'm sure that 25 year old info is real helpfull..LOL...1300 is about right for TODAY installed......
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While they are at it, replacing some or all of the copper with PEX might be helpful. Depends on budget, etc., of course.
Joe
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Frank,
I went though the same thing last year, dumping an unnecessary softener and a green sand unit which had not been touched by previous owner in years. (bought house a couple of years ago) I used a local well supply company and paid about $900 for the unit which then needed to plumbed in using an adaptor block with bypass valves built in. The plumbing was very straightforward and it is installed right after the pump, before any of the house plumbing.
The $1300 price you stated sounds about right in this area, southern New Jersey, and the diagnosis for needing the unit also sounds correct to me. I periodically test the water myself with pool test stips and the unit appears to be doing the job. As it is a fiberglass tank, I can check the level of the chems easily by shining a flashlight through the tank and have not needed to add chems. for two years. I did use a mixture of the calcium pellets (sorry I do not remember the exact names) using 3 times as much of the less aggresive stuff as of the more aggresive. This was suggested by the supply company folks to reduce the speed of the chemicals desolving. The pellets cost maybe $20 for a 40 (ish) pound bag of the less agressive stuff and maybe $10 for a 2.5 gallon bucket of the more agressive stuff. I used all of the forty pound bag and maybe half of the of stuff in the bucket.
Hope this is of help.
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