Have you ever wondered if you need a sediment pre-filter with your water softener? It all depends on the type of water entering your home. Homes on private wells are more likely then city supplied homes to need a pre-filter in conjunction with their water softener. Your best bet is to have your water tested by a local water professional. They will be able to tell you if you need a pre-filter installed before your water softener.
It is often recommended a sediment pre-filter be installed with a water softener, not because the water softener can’t do its job, but to remove particulate from the water the water softener won’t remove. A sediment pre-filter, acts like a furnace or oil filter, in that it traps sediment, sand, and debris the well might kick up from entering the water softener. It acts as a protector from sediment entering and plugging the water softener and causing an unnecessary service call. It will also help with iron reduction in that it will catch particles of iron too. The filter will need to be changed, on average 3-6 months, depending on the water entering your home and the volume of water used.