Installing a new Fleck 9000 40,000 Grain Dual Tank system. Plumber who
came to install was concerned about two items:
1. No gravel for the bottom of the resin tank - just resin only.
2. No filter or screen (I think he called it a top collector)at the
top of the resin tank to keep the resin out of the meter during
Are the gravel and tank filter necessary? If so, please point me to
where I can purchase them.
Hoby in Idaho
Many softeners don't have a gravel underbed. It is a useful addition
though. I always use or order gravel in my softeners. It prevents
channeling of the bed and provides for less pressure drop across the
unit. Gravel also provides the best backwash flow rate.
Top baskets ("filter or screen") are only needed when certain criteria
are met. They are; undersized tanks which means the freeboard is not
sufficient or should I say the normal amount, you top dress with a light
weight anion resin or other media like carbon. As long as the tank size
is correct for the volume of resin and/or other media in it, and the
backwash rate is the proper one for the tank, the resin/media won't get
out of the tank during regeneration. And with a top basket, worn and/or
broken resin beads and dirt etc. can't be backwashed out of the tank as
they are meant to be. Depending on how 'dirty' the raw water is and how
much iron etc. is in the water, top baskets can become blocked by the
There is no way the resin can get to the meter during regeneration; all
meters are on the outlet of the control valve and regeneration water
exists from the drain line not the into the building's plumbing.
So who did you buy your 9000 from?
Quality Water Associates
Gary, thanks for your help. I purchased the softener from Water Value
- here on the internet. I did a google search for fleck and found
them. Our town here in Idaho does not offer very many choices. I
didn't know this forum existed or I would have asked for help here.
Hoby in Idaho
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