I am about to replace a hot water take in an old house we are renovating. at
the same time, I thought I might as well add a system that removes iron, and
a water softener.. now, I have no clue, so I turn to you all....
do I set the system up so that it come in to the house, then to the iron
remover thingie (high tech term, I know. lol) then to the softener, then to
the hot water tank... or what? does the hot water have to be filtered
through this system at all?
HELP!! This is driving me nuts!
Thanks in advance!
First thing you should do is take a sample to a water
testing lab, so you know what's in it.
In any case, I believe the order of operations is:
-> Pressure tank -> Sediment filter -> Ph-Balance -> Iron-Removal
Had one of these systems professionally installed as follows:
-> pressure tank->Iron/sulphur-removal (carbon media filter)->water softener
The whole house, including hot water tank was on this except for a
single outdoor hose bib.
With the iron removal system, one thing that had to be added after
running it for a year: a peroxide treatment tank. This would hold
about 25 gallons of hydrogen peroxide and water and the carbon filter
would sip from it as it backflushed every night to kill any bacteria.
Apparently, there are bacteria that love iron and had formed a mat over
the carbon thus negating the filter's action. Anyway, this had to be
filled with 8 gallons of 7% peroxide and filled the rest of the way
with water about once every 3 or 4 months.
You will want all of the house water to be filtered in this way, since
hard water can damage your hot water tank, especially if it contains
sulphur and iron.
I agree with Goedjn's comment that you should have a sample tested
first before jumping into this. The total system isn't usually very
cheap and will require regular purchases of salt and hydrogen peroxide
(some systems use chlorine bleach for this instead).
Fortunately I had a system given to me by my father.. it was only used for a
few months before they decided to move out of the cottage. So that expense
is taken care of. I definately plan on having a test done on the water
anyways, just as an added percaution!
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