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    cvap is offline Junior Member
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    Default Best type of filter for excessive lime

    My dad is sick of cleaning shower heads, replacing dishwasher and fridge lines. With all the types of filters out there now, is a standard softener with brine tank still the best to use. All of the plumbing houses in our area seem to use Aqua-Pure. They send you a test kit then recommend a filter. If they do recommend a softener, do you trust metered timers or manual? Or is there a better way to remove lime from well water, something Aqua-Pure does not make?

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    Have you used the test and received any test results to know what is in your water? A filtration system can be better recommended after knowing what the profile of the water is.

    Water hardness can be removed with a water softener and with a salt regeneration system.

    Sediment pre-filtration is also recommended prior to any other filtration with well water due to high sediment content.

    An alternative to water softening would be to use a phosphate cartridge (Pentek PCC-1) to prevent scale from building up in the water system. This will fit in any standard 10-Inch housing and prevent scale build-up.

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    Thank you , he hasn't received the test results yet, he already has a ap 810 cuno sediment filter and may be able to fit a 1 cu/ft softener and brine tank in his pump room. all the phosphate cartridges seem to recommend point of use only. A rather large home would make it necessary to filter everything. It would be nice to see a 4.5 x 20" phosphate cartridge for the whole house.

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    The AP810 is a 5 micron filter and should work well as prefiltration for any system that is put in place.

    There is a 20" x 4.5" phosphate filter option available which comes with 8 pounds of phosphate - Aries AF-20-3318-BB

    This would work in any 20-Inch x 4.5-Inch Filter Housing

    We also offer a 1 cubic ft clock and metered initiated softeners. The Clock initiated regeneration is typically recommended for residential units to regenerate at a time that water is not being used.

    Clock initiated softener - 1 cubic foot media

    We do offer a meter initiated regeneration softener with 1 cu. ft media as well - Hydrotech CAB5600MI-SXT-1035-100

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    Would it be possible to put the AF-20-3318-BB in line after the Ap810, and try that alone before investing in a softener?

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    Yes, the polyphosphates may do the trick for you. The polyphosphates will create a barrier to prevent further scale coagulation and build-up in the water system and allow it to keep moving down the line.

    It will not remove old scale deposits that are already in the system, but polyphosphate treatment will exert a dispersing action on deposits of iron in tanks and pipes. While this is an advantage for the removal of these iron deposits, an iron problem may be temporarily intensified, and frequent flushing of pressure tanks and hot water storage tanks may be necessary until the iron deposits are removed. Not sure if there was any issues with iron from the well.

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