Sammy- The softener installer suggested installing the softener and chlorinating the lines, then retesting the pH in a week or so to see where it's at. I'm under the impression that they're doing this because my water has tested higher in the 7's for pH in the past and they are trying to save me some money. He actually stopped out again to test the pH to make sure. I also plan on draining the water heater as I can imagine the disaster that brewing in the tank as we speak. Does that sound like a decent plan?
Sheza- Not to sound like a dunce, but how do I tell exactly what kind of well it is? I've done many plumbing projects in the past but never messed with wells or softeners.