This is the first time we've had a well so I know nothing about what
filters, softeners, etc. I should be looking at (if any). We just had
the water tested :
Hardness 12 GPG
PH 7.7 Units
Iron 1 ppm
Manganese .l ppm
tds 220 ppm
Our water is clear but has a slight (iron) odor when taken from the
tap. Smell seems to dissipate when allowed to sit. We drink it in
coffee, tea, chocolate without noticing any odor and only notice it
when brushing teeth (directly from tap).
We do have a yellow residue that forms in the toilet bowl and red
residue that forms in the toilet tank.
Naturally the tester has recommended an expensive water softener. Do
we need one??? What about a whole house filter (suggested by a
There are just the 2 of us and we only use the cabin 6-8 months/year.
The cabin will be heated during the winter months as well as winterized
(water drained and blown out of lines).
Appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!
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No. A plain jane softener at $400-$600 or so will do just as well.
You need to get one that will handle your already known hardness and
provide sufficient water for the two of you. It will also minimize -
probably pretty much eliminate - the iron. You might also want to do
your own water test...the person who did yours works on commission.
Do you have sand or other crud in the water? If not, there is nothing
I agree, plenty of people end up getting a filter that can do next to
nothing. Also good idea to do the test again.
When you have results try getting quotes from several suppliers and
something back in writing stating their softner is correct for results.
Theye are less likely to sell you whatever gives them more commission
which may not be sutable. Finally ring them back playing off your
quotes, there are big mark ups on these and most will do anything for a
sale, especially on the net.
You have all the symptoms of the iron and TDS issues in the toilet and
tank. Irrespective of getting a second test, which is a good idea if
you think of a water softener, 12 grains is not bad for water hardness.
The only two issues I worry about are TDS and Iron.
TDS is MUD. You should see what the whole house water filter on CITY
water, mind you, looks like after 6 months!!!
So if you think in terms of a water softener, you don't need a expensive
one, Sears and others sell lots in the $400 range. BUT invest in a
whole house filter a 10 micron filter and change it regularly
The whole house filter will ONLY deal with TDS, it has NO effect on
Gee, it sounds like you're talking about my cabin. FOr my purposes of
getting the 'gunk' out of the water a 10mic filter did the job. Yea, it
still smells a little and tastes a little off but not enough to bother us
for occassional use. Besides, it's a place to get away. Not another place
to service. Why complicate your life. Keep it simple and you'll be
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