How Much Media is in my Water Softener?

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How Much Media is in my Water Softener?


Summary 

Looking to know how much media is in your Water Softener, or Water Filter? Check out this blog to find our how much media you need, what type of media, and how much media should be replaced when you change it. 

 


 

How Much Media is in my Water Softener? 

Has your water softener stopped softening your water? Is the media bed clogged to the point where it’s slowing down the water flow in your home, cottage or cabin? Maybe your media is so fouled that the water coming from your water softener smells like garbage? You need to replace the resin in your water softener and need to know how much media is in my water softener. I’m going to explain how you know starting right now! 

Hi I’m Gary the Water Guy and I simplify water filtration to help you conquer crappy water for your family!

 

Before you begin, here are a few things to know 

1) Whatever water filtration equipment you’re replacing the media in you need to 

Gravel Water Softener Under Bedding

know what kind of media goes inside and how much. This is not the time to be replacing the media with a different media hoping for a different result. There may also be gravel at the bottom of that media tank, if that’s the case you will need to replace that too. Check it out before you start! We have gravel here

2) Every back washable type filter has free board which is why you need to know how much should be in there so as not to over fill it. Freeboard allows the filter media to expand during back wash.

3) If you don’t have a suitable area to work inside, you’ll be removing the tank and doing the work outside so plan to have some one available to help carry the tank.

4) Media replacement is a messy job so plan for it. For Water Softeners, if your tank is this size, you’ll need this amount of media.

 

Media Needed for Water Softeners by Tank Size

For Water Softeners, if your tank is this size, you’ll need this amount of media:

 

Water Softener Media

10x19 = 1/2 Cubic Foot of Media

8X44 = 3/4 Cubic Foot of Media

9x40 = 3/4 Cubic Foot of Media

9x48 = 1 Cubic Foot of Media

10x35 = 1 Cubic Foot of Media

10x40 = 1 or 1.25 Cubic Feet of Media

10x44 = 1 or 1.25 Cubic Feet of Media

10x54 = 1.5 Cubic Feet of Media

12x48 = 2 Cubic Feet of Media

12x52 = 2 Cubic Feet of Media

13x54 = 2.5 Cubic Feet of Media

14x65 = 3.5 Cubic Feet of Media

16x65 = 4.5 Cubic Feet of Media

 

Water Softener Media can be purchased here.  

 

Media Needed for Water Filters by Tank Size

For Water Softeners or your FOB, FOC, or FOK, if your tank is this size, you’ll need this amount of media: 

Air Over Media - Media Needed

 

10x54 = 1.0 Cubic Feet of Media 

12x48 = 1.5 Cubic Feet of Media 

13x54 = 2.0 Cubic Feet of Media

14x65 = 3.0 Cubic Feet of Media

16x65 = 4.0 Cubic Feet of Media

FOB uses Birm Media here

FOC uses Catalytic Carbon Media here

FOK uses Katalox Media here

 

Now I know how much media I need, but how do I replace it? 

I have a great YouTube video that explains the whole media replacement procedure here.

 

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