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    Default New water softener on a Well

    I just had my softener replaced by a local installer.
    I have a couple of questions:

    1) The new softener uses a rebranded , Clack. The water seems a bit slimy i.e. soap is hard to wash off. It just regenerated last night for the first time and the water seemed to have gotten a tiny bit better. Should I wait a bit longer before I start messing with settings? I am pretty positive that the old softener was shot.

    2) The large, Zinc plated(galvanized), well-water tank only has a 3/4" pipe coming out out it. Is there any benefit in upgrading the pipe from the tank to the softener to a 1" pipe assuming there are a couple of "hard" connections for outside faucets between the tank and the softener. I realise that operating the outside faucets will probably effect the pressure in the house a bit less, but that is not what I am trying to accomplish. I am assuming that changing the tank outlet to a bigger one is out of the question.

    So my question is: do I have to change out the tank to one with a bigger outlet pipe to improve the pressure in the shower farthest from the softener/heater?

    Thank you.
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    Anytime you can easily replace galvanized water piping you should. The insides get rusty and close in after awhile restricting water flow.
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    The piping starting at the Well Tank is copper.

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    Ok sorry, misread that. If all the system is undersized it will have a negative effect on flow.
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    Soft water feels "slimy" to people not used to it. Soap IS hard to rinse off. On the other hand, you get clean.

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