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    Whole house water filter

    Whole house water filter before or after softener?
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    City or well water?
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    I have my filter before my softener. I'm on well water too.
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    I have the softener first, and then the filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariner59 View Post
    I have the softener first, and then the filter.
    I do have iron bacteria so I chlorinate my well every so often. It catches the crap that I get before plugging up the media... Learned the hard way. Wasn't too bad, a few back flushes and it was ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BennyD View Post
    I do have iron bacteria so I chlorinate my well every so often. It catches the crap that I get before plugging up the media... Learned the hard way. Wasn't too bad, a few back flushes and it was ok.
    That makes perfect sense in your case.
    My filter is in the kitchen, and my softener is outside. I live near Manila in the Philippines and our water has so much silica in it, that you can not even wash a car properly with it. So the softener comes first, and then only the water we use in the house goes through the filter. The filter last a bit longer that way.

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    I piped it in before the softener. There are no really high levels of anything in our well water, just hard enough to leave mineral deposits on glassware without a softener. I did however discover the pedestal sump pump apartment just failed again in the reservoir the softener drains into. Unfortunately there are no floor drains close by. About 2 years ago I had to replace it, bought the only pedestal pump lowes had and it only has a 1 year warranty. Thinking about getting a different style pump and a smaller reservoir this time.
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    Depends on the media type inside the whole house filter. If it's simply charcoal, install as a post filter after the softener to take care of taste and odor problems. Iron removing filters (eg. with katalox light media) are installed before a softener.

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    What ever you do, do not install your softener or filter before your well pressure switch. Unless of course you want to do an extreme basement flush out.
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