I just wanted to double check some thoughts of mine after reading through the posts on here there seem to be many knowledgeable people on here.
We just bought a new home that was just completed. When they built the home they put in a loop for the water softener, so that is a plus. They also tee'd off before the loop a line to the two outdoor fixtures we have on the house. The one odd think I noticed about this was that there is a 1" Supply line running as far as this T (which is right before the loop) at the T the loop and the outdoor water line then goes down to 3/4" Copper. Should this one in line be extened to my water treatement set-up? Is there any benefit or does anyone know why they would have done this?
We had someone from Kinetico come out and do a water test, and show us there units, they seem to be very nice units, but I believe I can do almost as well at a fraction of the cost elsewhere. My self personally have no experience with working with Water Softeners, but I have experience with running my own water lines and basic DIY tasks.
Here is the information on our current water situation from our City Water:
- I measured the flow rate out of the bath tub, and was filling a 2 Gallon Container in about 10 seconds. If my math is right that puts my Flow Rate at about about 12GPM
- Current People in Home: 2, but want to plan ahead for a family and want this unit to work for that purpose so trying to plan this number at 4.
- 3 Full Bathrooms in the home.
- Hardness Value: Approx. 18gpg
- No Measurable Iron recorded
- Ph: 7.6
- 332 ppm TDS as Measured from our Drinking Water Dispenser on the Fridge (which currently has a filter)
- We have no multiple shower head showers at this time.
- The Chlorine Test did reveal that there was a small amount of Chlorine in the water, but we are aware that this can change as determined by the city.
Based on this information, I am leaning towards possibly this type of a set-up for this house.
1) Clack In and Out Upflow Carbon Filter
- 12x52 Vortech Mineral Tank
- 2.0 cubic foot Coconut Shell Carbon
- Distributor tube w/Top Basket
- Clack Upflow In/Out valve with bypass, and 1" inlet PVC connectors
- 7-9 gpm service flow rate
- Question on this is one? Is this sufficient for my needs? Do I need a backflow filter or do I need a filter at all. If you are going to run a filter like this do you need an inline sediment filter before this one?
2) Fleck 5600SXT 48000 Grain Capacity
- 10x54 resin tank
- 1.5 cubic feet of resin (standard 8% resin)
- 12 gpm service flow rate
- 2.5 gpm backwash flow rate
Do I need??
3) Microline Reverse Osmosis to feed the Refrigerator Drinking water
This is my thought for the system, for this new house. I just want to set this up for long term and quality water.
I appreciate any thoughts, or even recommendations on places to purcahse the equipment, if you would like to PM those to me.
You guys have taught me a lot just by reading the forums and I want to thank you for that already and look forward to your knowledgeable input on my particular situation. Let me know if I am totally out of my mind.