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    Default Help interpretting test results

    A little history first. Deep well, 1/2hp pump, family of 4, 2 1/2 baths. Current system in 20 years old. Was professionally installed and at that time iron was determined to be high so they installed a two tank system with 1 1/2 of them for the iron and 1/2 of one tank being the softener. (Stacked tank) Been noticing bal\\lack stained toilets the last few years, I figured from the iron. Wife has been comaplining about dry skin so i figured the water wasn't soft anymore and had a professional here to check things out. He said the system was shot and took a water sample, bypassing the conditioner of course. Results are as follows:
    Iron - 0.3
    Copper - 1.3
    PH- 6.5
    Alk- 10
    Hardness- 3

    Just for kicks, I did a test myself with one of those kits from Lowes and also took a sample to the local pool place. Slight variations in results but all where pretty close.

    So, two questions for you guys:
    1- Why the heck in iron so low now and why are my toilets still staining? Does well water change over time?
    2- What type of system do I need, if any at all? Wife would like "soft" water for her skin.

    Hate to bother you, but getting all sorts of conflicting opinions locally.

    Thanks
    Last edited by PaJohn; 09-14-2010 at 03:54 PM.

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