Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #21
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 16,455
Originally Posted by Bikerdude View Post
The tanks here are made of concrete so maybe that makes a difference.
Fiberglass or some type of plastic is an option. A few different things eat up concrete. I don't know if the salt from a softener is enough to affect it or not, but probably does not help.Our concrete tank is ~ 30 YO and no issues, even with the softener. OTOH, some of the concrete distribution boxes that divide the lines up after the tank crumbled away, they replaced them with some sort of plastic box.


ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-13-2009, 06:23 PM   #22
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Purron's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 5,585
Is this the coolest place or what? I appreciate all your comments and DH is quite impressed with all the good advice and hints. Please keep 'em coming if you think of anything else! In the meantime, we are going to focus on getting a water test, then having a couple of companies come out to the place to let us know what they recommend.

I purr therefore I am.
Purron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2009, 07:17 PM   #23
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 10,899
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
. . . Not enough salt discharged into the system to do any harm to the tanks, which are made of fiberglass.

Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Here in limestoneland our softener is set for 75 grains of hardness and even that doesn't remove all the calcium. To get really soft water we'd need to run a second softener in series - not worth it in my opinion.
I'm not sure what type of system you've got, but if your well water really has 75g/Gal of hardness, then the water coming out of a properly functioning water softener will have a sodium level of 590 ppm, plus whatever sodium was in the well water to begin with. That's over double the max level recommended for human consumption on a regular basis, so I'm hoping you're not drinking this water. I don't know if it would harm a septic tank. Of course, everything is different if you are using potassium chloride or if you're doing something else (e.g. taking your drinking water before the softener or using an RO or distillation unit to remove the sodium after softening but before drinking).

Also, your "even that doesn't remove all the calcium" comment left me wondering. With softeners I've used, the resin removes the calcium until it is "full", then the calcium is removed using the NaCl regeneration. When the softener goes back into operation it again removes almost all the calcium in the well water (and releases sodium) until the resin is "full" again If the salt dose is insufficient or the interval between regenerations is too long, then the resin will soon reach its capacity and the incoming water will (thereafter) pass right through with scarcely any softening. I'm wondering how your system isn't "removing all the calcium" during the time before the resin fills up, it seems like it should, regardless of the water hardness.

"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bottled water vs. filtered water summer2007 Other topics 48 11-21-2008 10:35 AM
Citibank/Wachovia merger off - now it's Wells Fargo REWahoo FIRE and Money 37 10-05-2008 08:53 PM
Wells Fargo Fudged Their Numbers godoftrading FIRE and Money 3 07-22-2008 02:20 PM
Bottled water or tap water David1961 Other topics 35 12-05-2007 04:46 PM
Wells Fargo Sweep Fund yakers FIRE and Money 4 07-31-2007 08:07 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:35 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.