Do You Have an Iron Problem?

Do you get stains on your sinks and toilets? Is there slime in your toilet’s tank? Maybe your laundry is coming out rust-tinged? Iron in your water is the most common culprit for all of these issues. Iron is a naturally occurring element in rivers, lakes, and underground water. However, it can be a nuisance when it gets into your home water supply. Let us address some concerns about various types of iron and how we can help you find a solution.

There are three main types of iron that are found in residential (especially well) water systems. These are bacterial, ferric, and ferrous. Each type requires a unique approach and can wreak havoc in different ways around your home. Other factors, such as pH levels, will also influence the success of the treatments.

Bacterial Iron

Bacterial iron is actually organisms feeding off of the iron deposits in your water. They are easily identified by the slimy, orange or brown gunk you see floating around in your toilet’s tank or bath drains. They are not only extremely unattractive, but this resin can also clog up your pipes and any appliances that the water runs through. You may also notice an unpleasant taste or odor in your drinking water. If the problem is in your well, we contain the bacteria by chlorination. If the problem is in your well and your home there is a longer process. The treatment involves chlorination, retention, and filtration.

Ferric Iron

Ferric iron shows up as a red tint in your drinking water. The color is evident directly from the faucet. Somehow the iron in your well water was exposed to air, which causes the iron to oxidize. It will no longer fully dissolve in water and also creates bad odors and taste in your water. Most water containing ferric iron will need a filtration system and a coagulant (this helps the smallest particles stick together so they can be filtered more easily). After the filter has been installed, our experts will test the water to ensure the treatment was successful.

Ferrous Iron

Known as the invisible offender, ferrous iron is completely dissolved and runs clear from a faucet. Normally, it originates from deeper ground wells. Even though it comes out clear, ferrous iron stains everything it touches. This shows up as rust covered bathtubs, showers, clothes, and sinks. Depending on how much iron is in your water, a standard softener may do the trick. For higher amounts, you will need a specially designed filter to get all of the microparticles out.

If you already own a water softener, adding an iron filter is the simplest solution. We recommend Water-Right’s Impression® Plus Air Series ,  Ion Pro®, or EVFE system from the Evolve® but to determine the best one for you, it’s best for us to take a look and see what you have going on. These professional filtration systems have an air chamber that causes the iron to oxidize as it passes through.  Next, the iron filter traps the particles, leaving you with fresh and iron-free water. Crystal-Right is another option if you don’t currently own a water softener. It’s a powerful all-in-one system that not only gets rid of iron, but also reduces manganese and water hardness. The premium models can even neutralize acidic water too. Whatever type of iron is in your water, we have a solution.

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