Whole house sediment filters

We live in Gilbert (phoenix) Arizona, we have a water softener, but we have always gotten a brown ring in the washer tub, it looks just like the dirt that is outside. I was wondering if some type of in line sediment filter might help to alleviate this, or if the micron rating would be to large( most I have found are in the 10 micron range). Should I put it in before the softener or after?
Looking to spend in the sub $100 range with filter that are in the 15-20 range and replaced every 6 months or so. Any suggestions on filter type?
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I spent a bit more then that, but the guys at http://www.ohiopurewater.com helped me out getting what I needed for my situation.
We ended up with a Manganese Green Sand Filter.
http://www.ohiopurewater.com/shop/customer/home.php?cati7 http://www.ohiopurewater.com/shop/customer/home.php?catX1
Shoot them an email and they can help you out.
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One thing I would suggest is that you look for a metal housing on whatever you select. I had one of the plastic BORG specials for about 8 years before it just cracked itself open one day.
By a stroke of good luck it chose to die on a weekend day and we heard the spraying water. It might have been a major problem during the week.
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Alexander SuperTramp wrote:

Any of the standardized filter units will do the job if it is indeed just sediment. You want the basic 5 micron sediment filters unless you have some condition where the combination units with a charcoal section would be desirable. Having your water tested first to see exactly what you are dealing with would be a good idea. Buy the unit and a full case of filter elements at a real plumbing supply store, not a big box like Depot or Lowe's. The basic sediment filters should be less than $5/ea in case quantity (last I bought were under $2ea in case qty). For well water that only suffers from some very fine sand the clogs faucet aerators, the 5 micron filters last a long time. I know someone mentioned the plastic housings cracking, but the plastic one I have is still fine after nearly 20 years.
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Thank you all for the suggestions.
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HI there
We use to get sediment in the bathtub, toilet, so we installed one before the water softener, works great for the 5y we have had it just a cheap 40$ whole house one at the local hardware store. It did leak once when we changed it but hubby dug some grit out of the pressure value, the plumber installed a shut off just before it so we could change the filter.
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Get yourself a "Big Blue" filter housing, and matching cartridge in 5 micron or larger in the extra large size of 4.5" x 20" so that you don't have to change it frequently. Some of the sediment cartridges can be rinsed and reused. Hit "Big Blue" on Google to find a good supplier.
Don't go for those tiny 1.5" x 8" cartridge housings, they will clog up in no time if you have silt.

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