Water filter/softener: estimate and unknown brand

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Old 02-11-16, 11:30 AM
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Question Water filter/softener: estimate and unknown brand

I just received an estimate for the following:

10" BB NCP Filter Unit to remove Chlorine
Hankscraft SS10-54-RevV4 softener
Hankscraft DWS-RO-6-BF Elements 6 Stage Reverse Osmosis

Estimate: $3,000

My purpose is to soften the town water we get.
Have you guys heard of Hankscraft? Do I need the RO?
Is it wise to use Potassium in place of sodium?
How is this price? ( We live in MA which does = high cost)

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BH
 
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Old 02-11-16, 03:31 PM
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Why do you think you have to have any type of treatment?
Had the water tested to see what it even needs if anything?
 
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Old 02-11-16, 05:14 PM
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Tired of hard water

I'm tired of using vinegar, limeaway, etc. for all the mineral deposits. I don't care about the numbers, I just want softer water.
 
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Old 02-11-16, 05:22 PM
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One of the water pros should be along, but I'm thinking it's overkill to do the chlorine removal and RO treatment on city water. I'm on well and only have a plain-Jane water softener.
 
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Plus RO wastes a lot of water, several gallons or more for every gallon processed. It can leave the water acidic by removing minerals that tend to balance the PH. They have their place, but I wouldn't use one unless I had a specific condition best solved with RO. A small RO for drinking water and ice cubes makes some sense; using it for whole house rarely does.
 
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My thinking was to treat the softened water at our kitchen sink so we wouldn't be getting the sodium. They quoted me an $800 RO unit. Sounds like I don't need it.

Also seems that no one here has heard of Hankscraft. That makes me nervous.

Anyone want to respond on the potassium question?
 
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Old 02-12-16, 05:14 AM
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I'm not a water guy, but AFAIK the conventional wisdom is that unless you are on a sodium-restricted diet the amount in softened water is negligible.
 
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Old 02-12-16, 06:18 AM
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Thanks, tow-guy,
Yes, that's what the Mayo clinic says, too.

Water softeners and sodium - Mayo Clinic
 
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