There seems to be a lot of silt in the water, so I installed a whole house filter (10" housing from Lowes) with a 50 micron pleated polyester cartridge.
At this point, we've got 2 pleated poly carts. We just keep swapping them and cleaning the one just removesd. We get a good bit of mud out of this filter every week. But they don't seem to be doing the job!
We tried a 5 micron filter cartridge, which plugged solid in about half a day.
When we fill the 72 gal Jacuzzi, the water appears very dirty. It's dark gray and very cloudy. Objects are recognizable (maybe) 1/2" into the water. When we drain the bathtub, there is a lot of silt left on the bottom of the tub. We tried this with just cold water, so it's definitely NOT coming from the water heater. My wife absolutely adores this tub (I think we bought the tub and built the house around it!)--But she was not planning on mud baths!
First question-- How long should I operate this well (we estimate water usage like a 4-person household) before deciding it's not going to clear up on its own?
Second question-- *After* determining that the well is not going to purge clean through usage, we will have to buy some sort of filter. Currently, we're looking at a Sears clarifying filter. Has anybody any experience with Sears clarifying filters (Sears item #04234823000)? Do they really make filthy water like mine run clear?
Last question-- If this sediment gets into a water softener, will the softener be ruined? Or can the softener be backflushed/cleaned to get rid of the sediment once it's in there?
My wife and I are new at this home maintenance, and are really grateful for any experience and lessons learned that you might share.
Thanks for your kind assistance!
Here are the numbers reported when the water was tested:
Hardness: 8.0 grains/gal Fe: 0.5 ppm Mn: trace S: None Bacteria: None TDS: 27 ppm