Hi all~ I need advice and opinions
I've recently received an estimate (modestly high) on installation of water softening system - I am on well water. Hardness level is 8 grains per gallon- an iron level of .6 ppm - pH 6.7 - with high sediment. I believe the flow rate is about 8 gallons per minute.
The water treatment company has suggested using a sandtrap, installing a 1 cubic ft 5600 Fleck valve ($1280 installed), plus a reverse osmosis ($635 installed) leading to kitchen sink and refrigerator water line.
I need help with understanding the sandtrap ($529 installed - sounds high - he said it is large). Is this something that will filter out the rust too? I have been told by a different company that I need to install a rust filter as the rust in my well water will eventually cause problems in the resin bed.
I am also wondering, should I decide that I want to bypass (no softenend water) the kitchen sink and refrigerator water line - is a solid block activated carbon filter a good way to go? I am leery about stagnant water and constantly replacing (expensive) membranes in the R/O. My water is relatively clean, and the fridge's water/icemaker has its own filter (PUR) which I change every six months.
Do I need the rust filter if I have a sand trap, and if I have a (whole house) rust filter, would I need additonal filtering of water in sink and fridge?
Thanks for any help- I have a lot of questions, I know.