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Causes and Solutions for Water Softener Iron Issues, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on why your water well’s water softener, which does so well against many contaminant types, tends to struggle with high iron content. Iron is a particularly fussy contaminant type, one that often overwhelms standard water softeners and requires additional solutions if water iron content is high.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to provide both water softening services and additional water well treatment solutions for those dealing with high iron content or any other major contaminant. In today’s part two, we’ll dig into the best solutions if your water has high iron content, including both contaminant removal and iron bacteria issues you may run into.

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Solutions for High-Iron Water

For starters, it’s important to understand how iron works in your water to grasp how you’ll deal with it. Water contains two primary iron types: Ferritic iron, also called red water iron, and ferrous iron, also called soluble iron. The former is not soluble and can be seen by the naked eye, while the latter dissolves in water, is invisible, and is far more complex to remove from water – doing so involves oxidizing the water before removal.

For many systems, the simplest solution here is an iron filter to your well water softener. Our pros will be happy to speak to you about such an addition, which features a chamber that allows water to pass through an oxidation section before being removed. In other cases, simply upgrading to the newest water treatment system is the way to go.

Iron Bacteria Issues

There’s one other issue to be aware of here, and it’s the possibility of iron bacteria, which feeds on the iron that forms in your water before it’s treated. In many situations, well owners may find that such bacteria has formed a layer on top of their water tank or even their toilets inside the home, making for an unsightly appearance and also risking several health concerns. In addition, iron bacteria may affect your water’s taste and quality, and may damage your pump and water softener.

For this reason, if you’ve had iron issues, we recommend a chlorine treatment for your well. For situations where wells are regularly having iron issues, a chlorine or ozone generator installation might be the best move.

Professional Treatment

One overarching theme is present here: If your well is dealing with significant iron content issues, the only proper permanent solution is professional service from our pros. We’ll assess the issue from start to finish and ensure your well and water supply are protected for years into the future.

For more on treating high iron content in your water, or to learn about any of our well rehabilitation or treatment services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Causes and Solutions for Water Softener Iron Issues, Part 1

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer several distinct services as complements or in addition to our primary water well drilling, installation and treatment solutions. One such service is water well softening, where we install a softening device to remove magnesium, calcium and various other contaminants that might have made their way into your water supply.

Unfortunately, traditional water softening solutions have a couple areas they aren’t as effective for, and one such area is in any water supply with high iron content. For several reasons we’ll detail here, typical water softeners do not adequately prevent this high iron content from remaining in your water supply – but luckily, there are some simple solutions to get around this if your well is having issues with iron content. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you need to know here, from the issues with iron in your water to begin with to why water softeners don’t solve these issues, plus what you can do for a proper remedy.

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Issues With High-Iron Water

Iron in water is a tricky area when it comes to human health. Small levels of iron are not considered much of a risk, but larger quantities are considered contaminants – but it can be tough to tell exactly how high your levels are, as they may vary based on different samples.

Generally, however, high iron content in water can lead to several negatives. Some of these are aesthetic, such as stains in sinks and pots or the presence of iron bacteria in the toilet tank. Others are health-related, including bacteria overload that can lead to stomach issues, nausea, vomiting, or even diabetes and hemochromatosis in some cases.

Why Water Softeners Don’t Solve It

So why can’t your water softener, which handles many other similar contaminants with ease, deal with iron content in water? It has to do with their capacity. Water softeners are capable of removing some iron from water, just not as much as is often present.

Generally speaking, water softeners remove iron at a rate of roughly one part per million (abbreviated ppm, roughly equal to one milligram of iron dissolved in a liter of water). But there are numerous regions of the country, including many in Utah, where iron content reaches as high as 10 or even 15 ppm – the resin beads present in water softeners are not equipped to handle this level of iron. So if your property’s water iron content is anywhere near this range, you will have to consider other solutions for removing it.

In part two, we’ll go over those solutions and some other important factors. To learn more about this or any of our water well treatment or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.