well filter

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  1. countrygurl

    countrygurl Well-Known Member

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    hello all,

    we had our well put in last yr, been using water for outside watering, we are planning on connecting to our house and had water tested because of our copper piping in our home, test show pph level of 6.0 7.0 is normal the man suggest a filter for the well to prevent damage yrs from now to our pipes does anyone know a website to purchase an outside water well filter a local quote from him is $700 ouch!
    thanks
     
  2. fordy

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    ..........Gurl, I would visit H.depot\Lowes and peruse their offerings. They have several different types of filters with filters available in various levels of filtering capability. What you Might consider is maybe putting 2 or 3 of these filters in Series whereby the water and its particulate(s) have to pass thru 2 or 3 stages . It maybe possible to achieve say 95 % of the quality that your looking for and save alot of money. The ones i'm thinking of are only about 40 or 50 apiece. You'll just have to change the filters every so often.....fordy... :) :yeeha:
     

  3. Case

    Case Well-Known Member

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    I have a Model HD-950 Culligan Heavy Duty Sediment Water Filter between the well and pressure tank.

    I put it there to keep as much crap as possible out of the pressure tank and the rest of the system.

    If I didn't have excellent water, I'd probably add another one after the tank.

    I think it was $60 at Lowe's. The filters are about $12 (I think) and good for about 12,000 gallons of water between changes.

    Supposedly, they filter dirt, sand, silt, scale and rust particles.

    I replace the filter with a spare and soak the used one overnight in a light solution of bleach and water, then reuse it on the next change.
     
  4. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

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    If you meant a pH level of 6 (you said pph) then a pH of 6 is hardly acid at all. I'll base my comments on the assumption that you meant pH.

    Chemically pure water has a pH level of 7. Lower (down to 0) is more acid, higher (up to 14) is more alkaline. pH is a logarithmic scale - that is, each change in number is actually ten times different. 7 to 6 is ten times, 7 to 5 is 100 times, 7 to 4 is 1000 times. That means at small differences from neutral (say between 7 and 6) you are talking ten times almost nothing, whereas if you were a long way from neutral (say between 2 and 1) it would be ten times a lot of acid.

    Pure rainwater can get to pH6 or even lower just because of the carbon dioxide it absorbs as it falls.You wouldn't have to worry about copper pipes with a pH of 6.

    Filters aren't going to do a darned thing to affect pH. I think the man was attempting to take advantage of you to the tune of $700 worth of expense you don't need. I won't say a filter isn't desirable, but it woudn't help the pH, and the pH doesn't need helping anyway. If you did want to modify the pH a little, throw a lump of limestone in the water, or run it through a bit of concrete.
     
  5. goatlady

    goatlady Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I thought ppt translated as particulates per hundred as in particulates of whatever in the water that would need to be filtered out i.e. iron, sand, calcium, etc.
     
  6. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

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    Could be, but what was said was pph, not (either) ppt or pH; and with the addendum that 7 was normal. On that basis, I thought addressing the pH possibility was worthwhile. Like I said, even if I'm correct that doesn't mean a filter isn't desirable - just not for pH.
     
  7. newlifeintx60

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    Good call Don.
    I have city water out ther but I still use a whole house filter (from Home Depot) in fromt of the house, it lasts almost a year but when you change the element you get to see the stuff it takes out (yuck..) as a side note my fancy new frige in the kitcken with the built in water filter has not asked for a new filter cartridge in over 9 months all the Frigidaire paper work says it is supposed to last only 6 months / 500 gallons so far it is still happy. It's a pricy little thing $18.00 the whole house replacment cartridge is only $9.00

    Andrew
     
  8. countrygurl

    countrygurl Well-Known Member

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    it was a typo i did mean PH i am concern with a ph of 6 causeing damange over a period of time to my copper pipes the well man said by having a filter i would put chemicals in to bring the level up
     
  9. Cygnet

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    One tip -- if you've got a deep enough well, you can really cut the particulates down in your water by raising the pump about 20 feet off the bottom of the well. Have 20 feet of water BELOW the pump in the well casing.

    We've got a 650 foot well with 170 feet of water over the pump. The sediment in the water ruined the first well pump in a year; it was about $2000 to fix it ... (shared well, split five ways iirc, but still, ouch!) it froze up thw week it went out of warranty.
    The replacement pump was placed at 630 feet and we haven't had a problem with sediment since.

    Leva
     
  10. newlifeintx60

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    OUCH 650 feet :eek: That had to cost serious cash to drill. :(
    In Aqua Dulce Ca they had a few people on hill tops go down 400 feet but I can't fathom 600+
    Where do you live that the water table is that deep?

    Andrew.