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Old December 8th, 2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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I'm buying a house with a well and was just looking at different filter systems this morning. I'll be interested in seeing what this brings up.
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have you had your water tested? What were the numbers?

That will dictate the system
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problem with ro systems is they tend to strip the minerals out of the water, and leave the water some what acidic. We were using ro filtered water for a fewbyears until idecided to treat our homes well water. My situation called for a iron filter. Made all the difference for me, and the softener does not load up near as quickly now.
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have you had your water tested? What were the numbers?

That will dictate the system
Not yet.
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I have an under-sink one like the one below. We use it for all of our drinking water. I have a whole house iron/manganese filtration system and water softener for the rest of our water needs. I really like the RO system. It doesn't require filter changes very often and will remove radioactive particles... just in case.

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I think it's pretty much like a regular Osmosis system, just everything is backwards.
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We have a shallow well that is high in iron and other minerals. Even after to softener the water has an unhappy taste. RO filter makes bottled-water quality drinking water, ours generates as much as 3 gal/day. Direct feeds into ice maker, humidifier, and dispenser on the sink. I have to replace the filters annually, about $125 iirc.

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Which do you have Paul?
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We have had our RO system for 10 years,under kit sink.for cooking,ice maker,water on frig door,it has performed flawlessly,(change filters yearly) also have whole house filters and softener,we change whole house filters every 4mo.
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Costco has a good one. Five filter setup. Price is good too.
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So far no one has given any specifics of which one and why.
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So far no one has given any specifics of which one and why.
so far you haven't provided why you want a RO, what your current water quality is with a test, price point of purchase, dimensions it has to fit within, etc.

I feel like this is a 16 year old high school kid asking what the best lift is for his Jeep, with no other info given.

EDIt- it would also be helpful to know if and how you are currently treating your water. IE softener, filter, etc. Has the water quality changed since you lived there? etc
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Really? I don't know much about them and the wife has suggested we look into them. Space will not be an issue till the what's and why's are determined. If I only want one under the kitchen sink, why bother buy a shitty one just because it will fit. Maybe I will need to mount it remotely to service the kitchen but that's an issue ONLY when I know what I need. I've already told her to pick up a water sample kit, that will be done today. Price is not an issue till I determine if I do or don't need/want one and what is effective.

If you want specific questions (which isn't normal with a "school me" thread) here you go.

Who has one?
What brand?
What issues did you have?
Are there good ones and bad ones?
Is the larger tank worth the extra hassle?
Am I better off doing a whole house filtration system? (can't answer this till after water testing is done)
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Or to put it another way, I don't know what questions to ask. Hence the school me.
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Does your water taste bad? Is it colored out of the tap? Does it color if you leave a glass out for a couple days? Does the water smell?

I still don't understand what you are trying to improve, other than making the wife happy (good luck).
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Talk to neighbors and see who they use for water softner service,pick one and have them test water and make recommendations. That's a good starting point.
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We have had a pure blue under sink RO from Costco it was about $150. We like it a lot. We have a softener for the house but my wife grew up with bad well water so will never drink from the faucet, even city water. I wanted to stay away from the whole house RO system for the reasons mentioned already plus they waste a lot of water.
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Does your water taste bad? Is it colored out of the tap? Does it color if you leave a glass out for a couple days? Does the water smell?

I still don't understand what you are trying to improve, other than making the wife happy (good luck).
Water tastes fine to me, is clear even after standing overnight. We are on a well and the wife doesn't like the taste.... sort of. She's on a huge health kick, which isn't a bad thing but she thinks we should get on. That's part of the issue, I don't know what to ask, or what to look for.

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Talk to neighbors and see who they use for water softner service,pick one and have them test water and make recommendations. That's a good starting point.
We already have a good water softener and I wouldn't trust my neighbor's opinion on anything techincal.
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I'm in the same boat: I'm water treatment stupid.

I have a similar issue with the water quality at my lake house. I have a softener set up, use Morton 'rust remover' type salt. Water is clear, tastes fine, but has a nasty sulfur smell. Don't know what I'm going to install.

I'll probably just end up calling one of the many water treatment companies in the local area and get recommends from them next year.
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