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CAN A STANDARD WATER SOFTENER REMOVE IRON FROM WELL WATER?
Strong iron water is a daunting problem for welling homeowners. Iron is one of the most common concerns our water treatment experts around the world are asked to address, ranging from hideous stains and discolored tap water to nasty iron bacteria in the toilet tank.
Most of these homes have a water-softener already. So, why are they still having issues with iron?
Given what you might hear, there's no practical one-size-fits-all solution for residential water treatment. The water of a growing home is unique, particularly when it comes to water well. The standard of water in your private well can be very different from that of your down the road neighbour.
Let's look more closely at efficient ways to extract iron from water and why your simple water softener doesn't do the trick.
Why Your Water Softener isn’t Solving Your Iron Problem
This just takes a tiny amount of iron in water for staining to occur, as little as 0.3 parts per million (ppm). So put this into perspective, 1 ppm is equal to a milligram of iron dissolved in a liter of water (about one grain of sand).
Water softeners can absorb, and do, small quantities of iron. However, a typical softener is not formulated specifically to handle high iron levels in your water.
For example, water softener systems extract iron in concentrations of up to 1 ppm, or 1 mg / L. However, several parts of the United States have a considerably higher iron content than that due to geological composition and groundwater quality.
Water with 10 ppm of iron is not unusual to see in Wisconsin. In Idaho 15 ppm is very common and many Central American states are grappling with high iron.
Heavy iron is very popular in the Missouri Valley region particularly in Nebraska, eastern Kansas, and eastern Oklahoma. There's just a lot of natural iron in the soil that percolates into the aquifer or water tables along the area.
A typical water softener includes resin beads which are engineered to extract calcium and magnesium from the hardness minerals through a process called ion exchange. Water softener salts spray over the resin to shake out and flush the calcium and magnesium ions from the softener. Nevertheless, excess iron is also left for use in the water that comes to your house.
Water Treatment Solutions for High Iron Water
When heavy iron causes issues in your house, you may need to consider upgrading your water treatment equipment or supplementing it.
Removing iron from water needs a knowledge of the chemical behind it.
Two main forms of iron are found in water. First, there is ferric iron, which is insoluble to the naked eye and is visible. This is usually called "red water iron." And there is ferrous or soluble iron that is dissolved and invisible in the bath. They call it "clear water iron."
Since ferric iron water contains particulate matter, the iron can be filtered out with the proper media. Dissolved iron is a little bit more complicated. It requires oxidations, so that it can be separated from its dissolved state to particulate iron.
If you already own a softener the most efficient alternative is to install an iron filter. This involves a special air chamber that the water passes through first to induce dissolved iron oxidation, then the newly formed particles get trapped within by the media.
Dealing with Iron Bacteria
You've encountered iron bacteria if you've ever raised the top of the tank at the back of your toilet and seen a lot of slimy gunk floating around. These bacteria feed in your water from the iron, and although this may not be a big health issue, it may cause many other problems.
Bacterial iron can stain, adversely influences the water's taste and smell, and it can even clog up pumps, dishwashers, and water softeners.
Fix the Iron Issues in Your Home’s Water
Although there are some temporary remedies for iron stains, there is only one way to address the problems associated with high iron water permanently: the skilled water treatment.
If you want to avoid scrubbing stains from sinks and toilets, dislike the rusty marks on your towels, and are sick and tired of dirty well water, our experts would be able to check and assess your home situation and prescribe the appropriate solution.
Certainly a water softener is an important element in getting the water right for your family, but it may not be the only equipment you need. Explore what's going to work for you.