Dealing with Rusty Water
Throughout the United States and Canada a common plumbing issue is brown or rusty water. Although this issue is more common for homes with private wells, high iron content is not limited to rural areas. Many suburban communities with a public water supply still obtain their water from large city wells. A common misconception is that a water softener will solve these problems. A good water softener will soften the water but does not effectively filter out iron.
The iron issue is often ignored because it does not pose a real health or safety risk, it is
Before we go into ways of treating iron in your water let?s get a little background on the different types of iron.
Clear Water or Ferrous : Clear water iron is water with iron that is dissolved in the water. So you can?t see it but you can taste it and it will stain plumbing fixtures, clothes, appliances etc. When this type of water is exposed to air the iron will eventually begin to come out of solution and begin to turn red or rust color.
Red Water Iron or Ferric : Red water iron has already been oxidized, it appears red or orange and it does a real nice job ruining anything it comes into contact with, including clothes, appliances, fixtures, etc. Did we mention that it tastes like you?re eating a tin can? Have you had any friends or relatives with well water that say ?my water is fine? when they have red water iron present? Guess what? They are deluding themselves. No one wants their potable to water to taste like a penny and to ruin plumbing fixtures, clothes and appliances.
Another common problem with drinking water is a rotten egg smell. This is dissolved hydrogen sulfide, it?s more common name is ?sulfur?. Hydrogen sulfides can enter into the water system through wells or cisterns from decaying and decomposing plant material. Below are a few of the problems common to high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide:
Rotten egg smell
Rotten egg smell
Bitter/ foul taste
Bitter/ foul taste
The last fairly common component present in our drinking water that can foul our
plumbing fixtures and appliances is Manganese. Manganese if dissolved usually presents no real issues however in high enough concentrations and throw in a little oxygen and the Manganese can pose a real problem. Here are some of the common problems listed below:
Manganese staining a bathtub.
Well there are quite a few options actually.
You can buy a whole house filter, however if you have a high level of iron in your water you?ll clog the filters so quickly it wouldn?t be cost effective. (Most canister water filters negatively affect the water pressure as the filter gets fouled. So you must change the filter cartridge just to get your water back to neutral.)
Lets say it right here, ground water that has iron usually picks up other impurities along the way as well. What happens if your water has hydrogen sulfides (sulfur)? Once again a sulfur tank would have to be installed. Sulfur scrubbers are usually two tank systems. And then you have Manganese, Manganese is usually filtered with a whole house taste, smell and sediment filter, however if there is a high level, even that will not be affective.
Did You Make Egg Salad? No That?s My Drinking Water.
So if you had all three of these minerals present in your drinking water you could potentially have a water softener, and iron tank, two tanks for the sulfur and a whole house filter for anything you?ve missed. That seems excessive don?t you think?
There are a few products on the market to take care of these issues but we found the company that manufactures a product for quite a few others, Charger Water Treatment Products. Their Iron Break III takes care of Iron, Sulfur and Manganese in one fell swoop. It is also a 5 micron taste, odor and sediment filter as well. When people ask us about filtration we tell them this is a forever fix because you the homeowner are never bothered by changing cartridge filters to remove iron ever again. The Iron Break III regenerates and cleans the filter bed by itself. So you never have to lose water pressure again because the filter is clogged. You?ll never have to get your hands dirty by changing a nasty filter that has been sitting in the canister awhile. Simply put the Iron Break III is one of the finest water treatment products on the market??period.
Manganese in Your Drinking Water is an Issue Too!
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