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    Question Low water pressure from water coming out of acid neutralizer. Bypass pressure is OK

    Hi everyone. I had to replace my well pump and pressure tank. After I did this I put my acid Neutralizer in bypass mode until the water coming out of the faucets was clear.It was rust colored so I have waited 3 days for it to become clear. But now when I put the acid neutralizer back into service, I find the water pressure is low. It drops way down if I open 2 faucets at the same time. But if I bypass the Neutralizer then the pressure is good. What could have happened and what can I do to fix this problem? I tried putting the neutralizer in backwash cycle but it did not solve problem. I will try a couple of more backwash cycles.. Anyone have any ideas?

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    Does the pH neutralizer have a backwash valve or is it an in/out type. How old is the media? It sounds as though the media has packed down and is restricting the water flow.

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    It is a Autotrol 440i control. There is a knob that can be turned to backwash position then water comes out of the drain going to the septic pipe. It will backwash for 20 minutes. I have added a 5 gallon container of MB700 calcite corosex media to the little media left about 2 weeks ago. The tank is about 1/5 full of media. I was going to buy more media but now will wait. I tried the backwash and clean cycle 3 times but nothing has changed. The plumber I have been dealing with does not like the calcite corosex mix. He says it gets very hard. The tank is 10 years old and has never been serviced. I have just been adding media to it as it gets low
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    He's right. The media will get hard preventing water flow. You might want to remove the head and check the media. It might be time to empty and refill

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    I ran into the same problem recently. Though I empty and refill the tank every year, I never really gave it the thorough cleaning it needed. When I took the "intake line" out of the tank, it was caked with a red clay like substance (Iron residue?). Once I cleaned all of that off and gave the tank a REALLY good cleaning inside, the water pressure picked right back up.

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