Water Filter Question?


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Wayne

Several years ago we moved into a brand new home and installed a salt-based
water softener. We live in the Arizona desert and the water is extremely
hard. Samples of the softened water indicated the softener was calibrated
correctly. The water in the toilet bowls would cause reddish rings to form
that were slightly slimy. It wasn't iron (had the water department test a
sample), and it reminded me of red algae. This year we moved into another
brand new home in the same area with the same water source, however, we
have not yet installed a water softener. We have never had this problem
with the hard water. Any idea as to what may have caused it?
 
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SQLit

Wayne said:
Several years ago we moved into a brand new home and installed a salt-based
water softener. We live in the Arizona desert and the water is extremely
hard. Samples of the softened water indicated the softener was calibrated
correctly. The water in the toilet bowls would cause reddish rings to form
that were slightly slimy. It wasn't iron (had the water department test a
sample), and it reminded me of red algae. This year we moved into another
brand new home in the same area with the same water source, however, we
have not yet installed a water softener. We have never had this problem
with the hard water. Any idea as to what may have caused it?
I just bought a newer (1999) home and had a brownish ring in at the water
line. Looked like algae. I bought some algae pool cleaner and opened up the
tanks and let the algaecide sit over night. Took almost 2 weeks for it to
abate. Algae likes warm dark water with places to hide, like under the
rubber gaskets.
Hey it worked for me...
 
W

Wayne

I just bought a newer (1999) home and had a brownish ring in at the
water line. Looked like algae. I bought some algae pool cleaner and
opened up the tanks and let the algaecide sit over night. Took almost
2 weeks for it to abate. Algae likes warm dark water with places to
hide, like under the rubber gaskets.
Hey it worked for me...
Actually, I didn't have a problem getting rid of it. A heavy dose of
chlorine bleach did the job over several hours. Since the conditions in
both houses are essentially the same, I was curious what this would occur
with softened water and not with hard water. It still puzzles me.

BTW, the algaecide is a great idea!
 
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Rein

I am in arizona and have no water softener. I get the brown rings in
the toilet, but it's calcium deposits.
What I do is simple and cheap.
Once a year or so I remove as much water out of the toilet as
possible. Then I take papertowels and wet them with pure vinegar and
stick them on the brown rings.
Every hour or so I go back and re-wet the towels a bit with more
vinegar. Do this for a few hours and all the calcium is either gone or
you can wipe it off.
Cheap, easy, clean.

For algea I would put in some chlorine, or get the tablets for the
tank.

I just bought a newer (1999) home and had a brownish ring in at the water
line. Looked like algae. I bought some algae pool cleaner and opened up the
tanks and let the algaecide sit over night. Took almost 2 weeks for it to
abate. Algae likes warm dark water with places to hide, like under the
rubber gaskets.
Hey it worked for me...
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