Continuing water quality issues
I've got well with a 3/4" main water line running in to a new Whirlpool 10" whole house filter, to a 5 year old Waterboss 900 softener, then to a 10+ year old water heater and fixtures.
For several months, I've had issues that keep coming up. The first was rotten egg odor in the hot water. I started with bleaching my well, which took care of the problem for a week or two. When it came back, I replaced the outlet tube / anode rod ( which looked pretty bad and was worn to the wire in a few areas ) and flushed the tank with vinegar ( per the manufacturers recommendation ). I then replaced the old water filter with a new one since the gasket was bad, and the new one was cheaper than the gasket. In that process, I found the valves to the water softener had started to corrode ( fluffy green white ) so I cleaned them off. The corrosion hasn't seemed to come back. But the rotten egg smell had, so I bleached the water heater ( per the manufacturers recommendation ). This worked for a couple of weeks, and it came back. I put carbon based filters in the filter ( I had used string wound previously ), and it went away. But, the carbon filters clog to the point of dropping the pressure drastically within two to three weeks.
I'm at the point where I want to get my water tested, and have some dealers try to sell me stuff, but I'm also thinking about adding a second filter before the carbon filter, and putting a string wound or polycarbonate filter there.
At the moment, I've switched back to string wound filters, which take 2 to 2 1/2 months to clog, and my hot water has the rotten egg smell, and the cold water is cloudy with a slightly red tint, and occasional bad taste ( which seems to happen more after I use the water heavily ).
Which makes me wonder if the string wound filter would work to extend the life of the carbon filters.
Also, the string wound filters go from white to red to grayish black by the time they clog, which suggests high iron content and magnesium sulfate, I think. There is also a film on the inside of the filter canister, which goes away when I bleach it ( when I change the filter I put iron out, then bleach in it (( at different times))).
Do you guys have any ideas of what could work to make this water better?
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted you to have as much info as possible.
Thanks in advance!
P.S.- 2007 OBC limits my EWH temp. to 140 degrees. Should I make sure my EWH is at or close to 140? For some reason, I think it was turned up over that years ago when my brother put a new dishwasher in, but I'm not sure.