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?
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.
Shoot them an email and they can help you out.
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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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 $2ea in case qty). For well
water that only suffers from some very fine sand the clogs faucet
aerators, the 5 micron filters last a long time. I know someone
mentioned the plastic housings cracking, but the plastic one I have is
still fine after nearly 20 years.
We use to get sediment in the bathtub, toilet, so we installed one before
the water softener, works great for the 5y we have had it just a cheap 40$
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.
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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