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  Step 1: What is wrong with your water?
    1. Do you have white build up on your fixtures and/or dishware? Or is your skin dry?
2. Does your water taste like chlorine or chemicals?
3. Does your water smell like rotten eggs (sulphur)?
4. Does your water just taste bad?
5. Can you see things floating in your water?
6. You don’t know what is wrong with your water, but you want to have it tested to find out.
7. Do you have blue and green stains all over your fixtures?
8. Do you have brown stains on your fixtures and clothing?
9. You’ve had your water tested and you have bacteria.
 
   

 

 
 
1. Answer - Your water is hard and you need a water softener.
 

Step 2: Have your water tested.

City Water - If on city water and you don't know how hard it is then simply call the city water department and ask them. They sometimes refer to the water hardness as PPM or Mg/L. If they do then take that figure and divide it by 17.1 to convert it to GPG which is what is used on our calculator. Or click here to see a United States Water Hardness Map.

Private Well - If on a private well and you don't know what the hardness and iron content is then take a sample down to a pool supply company and have it tested for the hardness and iron.


Step 3 - Pick the water softener unit that is right for my usage.

Click here to use our water softener sizing calculator.

Step 4 – Now pick the softener valve that will be best.

Are you in an area where there are a lot of electrical surges or lightning?
If yes, then the econdominder mechanical meter will be better for you than the SE digital style.
If no, then it is a matter of preference.

Here the difference between the econominder mechanical meter and the SE or SXT digital electric meter style valves.

The Econominder Mechanical Meter will still count your water usage even in the event of a power failure. This meter consists of a dome that is on the back of this valve. Inside this dome is an impeller. Coming off the top of the dome is a cable that runs to the meter assembly that is attached to this controller. When you use water, the impeller turns and that turns the cable, the cable is what turns the meter assembly which is where you have set the amount of gallons you are going to use before regeneration. This meter and valve has been in production since 1979!

The SE or SXT Digital Electronic Meter counts your water usage thru an electric pulse. On the discharge side of the system is a turbine assembly, attached to the assembly is a probe that goes to the SE or SXT control valve. As water runs thru it the turbine assembly sends a single to the SE or SXT controller and reads your water usage.

The Benefits of the SE or SXT Digital Electronic Meter over the Econominder Mechanical Meter:

1) You can go into the master programming mode and customize the system by having it backwash and rapid rinse for longer or shorter periods of time, adjust salt pounds all with a touch of a button.
2) Solid state microprocessor with LED display of time of day, remaining capacity, regeneration cycle in process.
3) Compact turbine meter assembly.
4) Higher metering capability.
5) NOVRAM valve status and memory backup.
6) Reads your water usage electronically equals less moving parts than its ancestor the Econominder.
7) Easy to program.

If you are looking for a Smart memory metered system that calibrates itself based on your usage that requires no special tools to work on then pick the SoftPro CS1 EE Water Softener it is noted to be the most durable, reliable and consumer friendly valve on the market and is rated #1 among professional water treatment dealers and consumers.

Difference between SoftPro and Fleck

1 ) SoftPro is a smart memory valve. It keeps track of your daily usage and will regenerate itself at the designated time chosen by the customer, if it senses that there will not be enough softened water available for the following day.

2 ) Clock has a back up, so when you loose power you will not have to reset the time of day.

3 ) It is a 1" ported valve which with full ported bypass valve = higher flow rates than the Fleck 2510 and 5600 valves.

4 ) Also offered as a 1.25" ported valve which gives high flow rates just like the Fleck 7000SXT, but with better functionality and options included.

5 ) No special tools needed to repair if ever needed, Fleck requires special tools to replace the piston, spacer and seals.

6 ) Very few moving parts equals less to go wrong.

7 ) Double backwash ability - great for well water with iron in it.

If the house is less than 2400 square feet and you have no multiple body sprayers in the shower then either the CS1 EE SoftPro Water Softener, 5600 econdominder mechanical meter or the 5600 SXT digital meter will be the proper choice for you. If this is the case, please click one of the links below to make your purchase. Note: if you don't know what size pipe you have for the hook up to the softener order it with a 1" bypass valve or 1" hook ups for the SoftPro Softener, you can always bush it down to meet your pipe size with two fittings available at any hardware store.
The SoftPro CS1 EE Smart Memory Metered Valve Water Softener
The Fleck 5600 Econominder Metered Valve Water Softener
The Fleck 5600 SXT Digital Metered Valve Water Softener

If the house is 2400 square feet or larger and you have no multiple body sprayers in the shower then either the 2510 econdominder mechanical meter or the 2510 SXT digital meter will be the proper choice for you. If this is the case, please click one of the links below to make your purchase. Note: if you don't know what size pipe you have for the hook up to the softener order it with a 1" bypass valve, you can always bush it down to meet your pipe size with two fittings available at any hardware store.
The Fleck 2510 Econominder Metered On Demand Water Softener
The Fleck 2510 SXT Digital Metered Valve Water Softener

Regardless of the homes square footage.
If you have multiple body sprayers in the shower then the Fleck 7000SXT 1.25" water softener,  will be the proper choice for you. The Fleck 7000SXT valve is a 1.25" valve, although you can bring 1" or 1.25" into it, the flow restrictions are within the valve and the resin tank so the 1.25" Fleck 7000SXT valve is needed to accommodate higher flow rates. IMPORTANT: "even though the calculator may have sized the system to be smaller than a 48,000 grain capacity, you want to order the 48,000 to 80,000 grain capacity with this valve in order to get the proper flow rate to run your multiple shower heads and other appliances at the same time. A Fleck 7000 1.25" 48,000 grain capacity water softener will give you a service flow rate of 18 GPM at a 15 pound pressure drop. Most multiple body sprayers need 15 GPM to operate properly. A 64,000 grain system will give you 20 gpm and an 80,000 grain capacity will give you 24 GPM.
Please click the link below to make your purchase.
The Fleck 7000SXT Digital Metered Valve Water Softener


 
 
 
2. Answer – You need a Reverse Osmosis System Back to Top
  Step 2: A Reverse Osmosis system for you drinking, cooking and ice making needs is very popular. You see those water vending machines in front of stores that people are using all the time? That is a reverse Osmosis system inside that big vending cabinet. Purchase a Reverse Osmosis from us and get bottled water at your finger tips for a fraction of the cost of buying bottled water. Click here to choose the reverse osmosis for your needs.
 
 
 
3. Answer – You need a Greensand Filter Back to Top
  Step 2: Green sand filters remove sulphur “rotten egg smell and iron from the water for the whole house. All automatic so it cleans itself when needed. Click here to learn more and to purchase the Green Sand filter of your choice.
A Terminator removes Sulphur and Iron as well but uses air injection to trap the Sulphur so it can dissipate into the atmosphere; the air is also use to oxidize the iron if present so the filter can remove it. Click here to choose the proper Terminator for your needs.
 
 
 
4. Answer – You need a Reverse Osmosis System Back to Top
  Step 2: A Reverse Osmosis system for you drinking, cooking and ice making needs is very popular. You see those water vending machines in front of stores that people are using all the time? That is a reverse Osmosis system inside that big vending cabinet. Purchase a Reverse Osmosis from us and get bottled water at your finger tips for a fraction of the cost of buying bottled water. Click here to choose the reverse osmosis for your needs.
 
 

 
5. Answer – You need a Sediment Cartridge Filter Back to Top
  Step 2: Sediment filters for the whole house are commonly used to remove sediment, dirt and sand from the water to eliminate unsightly water and to help keep your appliances from being damaged from the sediment. Click here to view our sediment filters and cartridges.
 
 
 
6. Answer – Any pool supply store can test your water. Back to Top
  Step 2: If you have city water you can call and ask them for test results. Depending on the test results, follow the guide above to find the right system for your needs.  
 
 
7. Answer – You need a Ph Neutralizer Back to Top
  Step 2: The blue/Green staining you are getting is due to the water has a pH balance below 7.0 which means the water is acidic = corrosive and is eating your copper pipes which is where the staining is coming from. A pH filter AKA Calcite filter for the whole house will raise your pH back to 7.0 which is neutral so your pipes will not be eaten up by the water anymore saving you a fortune in water damage and replumbing of the house. pH Filters are fully automatic and require very little maintenance. Click here to get more information and to choose the best pH filter for your needs.  
 
 
8. Answer – You need an Iron Filter or Water Softener Back to Top
  Step 2: If you have not had your water tested then that is the first step in this buying decision. Please take a 12 oz sample using a water bottle to a local pool supply place and have it tested for iron, hardness and pH. If the iron content is 3.0 ppm or mg/L or lower then a water softener by itself will be the system for you.
If the iron content is higher than 3.0 ppm or mg/L then an iron filter and a water softener is generally needed. Click here to get more information on water softeners and to purchase.
Click here to get more information on iron filters and to purchase.
 
 
 
9. Answer – You need an Ultraviolet System Back to Top
  Step 2: Ultraviolet systems use state of the art sterilization by using an enclosed high density ultraviolet lamp that is protected with a cortz sleez. This system kills 99.9% of bacteria on contact and is generally used for the whole house. The only maintenance required is to replace the UV lamp one every 12 months which the average homeowner can do themselves. Click here to choose the proper Ultraviolet system for your needs.  
 

   

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