How to Remove Iron from Your Water
A common question we hear is “Will my water softener remove iron from my water?” The answer to this is, “Yes, but very little.” Water softeners are designed to treat hard water by removing minerals, including small quantities of iron. In most cases a water softener alone is not an effective solution for removing iron from water.
Iron Filters Offer a Number of Advantages
Since a water softener alone will not solve the problem of excess iron in your water, installing an iron water filter will capture the iron precipitate, leaving the water iron-free. This has a number of benefits including ….
1. Removal of Sulfur and Rust
In addition to removing iron from the water, iron water filters also eliminate sulfur and manganese. Excess iron in the water causes the appliances using it to rust and corrode quickly, while an excessive amount of sulfur results in a pungent, rotten egg smell. Removing these elements produces fresh tasting, odorless water.
2. Sediment Removal
Iron water filters can effectively remove sediments as tiny as 20 – 40 microns from your water supply. Sediments in large quantities can make water unfit for drinking and other uses.
Reduces Damage to Showers and Other Fixtures
Reducing rust stains and minimizing the damage to pipes, showers, and other water-using appliances is another benefit of iron water filters. Eliminating excessive iron when doing your laundry will also have your clothes looking brighter and lasting longer.
4. Chemical Free
Most iron water filters do not use chemicals to purify water. This eliminates the need for mixing of chemicals such as chlorine, potassium permanganate, and hydrogen peroxide.
5. Improves Taste of Drinking Water
The quality of drinking water is considerably enhanced by an iron water filter that eliminates odors and harmful chemicals.
6. Low Maintenance
Iron water filters require little maintenance. Unlike water softeners there is no salt to add and trapped particles are flushed down the drain. Regular filter changes are all that is needed.
Water Treatment Options
If your water isn’t the way you’d like it to be, give Brenneco Plumbing a call at 765-448-6190, we’ll be happy to test your water for free and discuss the water treatment options available to you.