When you receive your acid neutralizer, carefully unpack the contents of the boxes to make sure all components are there. You should receive a filter tank, control valve, bypass valve with connections calcite and service funnel.
- Step 1: Locate a spot next to your well tank where you plan on installing your acid neutralizer. Most basement floors are not level so you will need to adjust the tank by lifting the tank and tapping the edge of the black boot on the bottom of the tank in order to get the tank vertically level Example: If you tap the back edge of the tank against the floor, the tank body will move towards the wall. The tank is designed to move in the black boot that supports the filter tank.
- Step 2: You will need to decide what type of pipe and fitting you will use to connect the neutralizer to your water supply. We recommend cpvc with Oatley 1 step glue or Pex with Sharkbite fittings or crimping tool. CPVC is the cheapest way to go. You will also need pipe cutters, channel locks, and a screwdriver and assorted fittings for the installation. All of what you will need is available at Lowes and Home Depot.
- Step 3: You will need to turn off the water supply before you cut into the plumbing. You may already have a shutoff valve after the well tank, if so, turn off the valve and open a cold water faucet to relieve the pressure. Once the water stops grab a 5-gallon bucket and your pipe cutters and remove a section of pipe after the well tank. We typically start from the well tank with cpvc pipe and run all new piping to the acid neutralizer. If we have to reconnect to copper we do so using a sharkbite coupling in the size that matches the size of the plumbing which is typically 3/4′ or 1″. If you purchased a backwashing system you will need to install a drain line for the backwash discharge. This can be discharged into a sanitary tub, an existing washing machine drain line, sump pump, or you may have to connect to your wastewater drain in the basement. If you live in a warm climate year round you can discharge the backwash outside.
- Step 4: Once you have completed the plumbing add the calcite to the tank that came with the order using the fillport on the tank and the service funnel included with the order. If you received flomag with your order, you will mix 2-3 pounds of flomag to every 50 lb bag of calcite, mix well then add to the tank. Continue this process until the calcite level is 10-12 inches from the top of the tank.
- Step 5: You’re going to fill the acid neutralizer tank with water and pressurize the tank. With a cold water faucet open and the bypass in the service position, slowly open your water supply valve a 1/4 of the way and slowly fill the neutralizer tank. Once the water starts to flow from the cold water faucet slowly open the water supply valve all the way and let the cold water run for 10-15 minutes to rinse the calcite media. Once you have completed installing your acid neutralizer check your plumbing and drain line for leaks and drips. Once the water runs clear you can shut cold water faucet off. if you have a backwashing system initiate a manual regeneration cycle to purge any air and rinse the calcite media bed and check the drain line connections for leaks.
- Step 6: After your acid neutralizer has been in operation for a few days retest the water to make sure you are at a neutral level. Home test kits are available at Lowes and Home Depot.
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