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Old 09-03-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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I'm am going to be shopping for a ground floor condo built in the last 5 years in Las Vegas and I read Las Vegas has poor water that is best if softened and filtered.
I want softening for the washing machine, shower and dishwasher and filtration to remove the softener sodium as well as all the regular contaminants from a kitchen water spigot (and to the water line for the refrigerator).
So, do condos generally have space and access to install a water softener that will simultaneously treat all incoming water (hot and cold)? When I'm touring condos, where should I look in the unit to verify this?
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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I'm am going to be shopping for a ground floor condo built in the last 5 years in Las Vegas and I read Las Vegas has poor water that is best if softened and filtered.
I want softening for the washing machine, shower and dishwasher and filtration to remove the softener sodium as well as all the regular contaminants from a kitchen water spigot (and to the water line for the refrigerator).
So, do condos generally have space and access to install a water softener that will simultaneously treat all incoming water (hot and cold)? When I'm touring condos, where should I look in the unit to verify this?

In general, YES. Look for the water meter or the whole house shut off valve--often found near the water heater. However, Las Vegas is infamous for water quality, so builders normally put in a water treatment system loop for easy connection...may even include a by pass.

To determine if the valve shuts off all the water, shut the valve and then attempt to run water at all faucets and outside taps.

Filtering out the chlorine (before the softener) may be recommended for a number of good reasons.

An RO will remove sodium for drinking water purposes and can be (with some limitations) connected to the fridge. There are a few ROs that can connect to fridge without loss of pressure. Ice makers now have shut off solenoids that prevent many ROs from filling traysf ast enough.

Andy Christensen, CWS-II
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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In general, YES. Look for the water meter or the whole house shut off valve--often found near the water heater. However, Las Vegas is infamous for water quality, so builders normally put in a water treatment system loop for easy connection...may even include a by pass.

To determine if the valve shuts off all the water, shut the valve and then attempt to run water at all faucets and outside taps.

Filtering out the chlorine (before the softener) may be recommended for a number of good reasons.

An RO will remove sodium for drinking water purposes and can be (with some limitations) connected to the fridge. There are a few ROs that can connect to fridge without loss of pressure. Ice makers now have shut off solenoids that prevent many ROs from filling traysf ast enough.

Andy Christensen, CWS-II
If the connection point is at the meter outside, then it would not be practical to have a water softener exposed outside due to weather exposure and being an eyesore. I think most condos have the hot water heater accessible behind a door on the patio/balcony, but I don't know if both hot a cold water intakes are accessible from there.

I'd like to have the fridge waterline connected to RO, but it is not a deal killer since the I can get a fridge with built-in filtering or else just buy a cheaper fridge and fill ice manually from the sink and use a water pitcher for water.
I absolutely do want whole house water softening and RO at the kitchen sink though.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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