FAQ's about Iron Remover?
about Iron Remover? Iron Removal will keep your drinking and bathing water clean and healthy, and can prevent those unsightly red-orange stains.
I have red stains in my sinks and other fixtures Iron can cause red-orange stains to appear. You must test the water to determine the amount and type of iron you have (oxidized, soluble, colloidal, bacteria, or organic-bound, see below). Iron can stain clothing and dishes too, so it is definitely a problem that should be fixed!
Oxidized iron This type of iron is usually found in a surface water supply. This is water that contains red particles when first drawn from the tap. The easiest way to remove this type of iron is by a fine mechanical filter. A cartridge-type filter is usually not a good solution due to the rapid plugging of the element. Another method of removal is by feeding a chemical into the water to cause the little particles of iron to clump together. It will then fall to the bottom of a holding tank where it can be flushed away.
Soluble iron Soluble iron is called "clear water" iron. After being drawn from the well and contacting the air, the iron oxidizes (rusts), forming reddish brown particles in the water. Depending on the amount of iron in the water, you can solve this problem with a water conditioner, or a combination of softener and filter. You can use an iron filter that recharges with chlorine or potassium permanganate. You can also feed chemicals that oxidize the iron, and then filters it with a mechanical filter. You can sometimes hide the effects of soluble iron by adding chemicals that, in effect, coat the iron in the water and prevent it from reaching oxygen and oxidizing.
Colloidal iron Colloidal iron is very small particles of oxidized iron suspended in the water. They are usually bound together with other substances. They resist clustering together due to the static electrical charge they carry. Because these particles are so small, this iron looks more like a color, rather than particles, when looked at in a clear glass. There are two popular treatments: feed chlorine to oxidize the organic away from the iron. This will allow clustering to occur. Another way is to feed polymers that attract the static charge on the particles, forming larger clumps of matter that is filterable.
Bacterial iron Iron bacteria are living organisms that feed on the iron found in the water, pipes, fittings, etc. They build slime along the water flow path. Occasionally, the slimy growths break free, causing extremely discolored water. If a large slug breaks loose, it can pass through to the point of use, plugging fixtures.
Organic Bound iron When iron combines with tannins and other organics, complexes are formed that cannot be removed by ion exchange or oxidizing filters. This iron may be mistaken for colloidal iron. Test for tannins. If they are present, it is most likely combined with the iron. Low-level amounts can be removed by using a carbon filter. This absorbs the complex. You must replace the carbon bed when it becomes saturated. Higher amounts require feeding chlorine. This will oxidize the organics to break apart from the iron and cause both to precipitate into a filterable particle.
How does the Iron Removal process work? Most iron removal water filtration systems work with the notion that the iron needs to be oxidized to convert it from a ferrous (dissolved) state to a ferric (undissolved) state. , The iron can then be filtered out properly.
What is PH and what role does it play? The PH (Potential of Hydrogen) of a water source plays a very important role in understanding the way that the iron can convert from a ferrous (dissolved) state to a ferric (un-dissolved) state. The higher the PH level, the faster iron can convert. It is suggested to have a PH of at least 6.5 or higher for the iron to convert.
Which is the best iron filter? This depends on your well water chemistry. The first step is finding out if your cold water has a sulfur odor in it, or if it is just the hot water. If the water does have odor, then you need an iron filter that works in removing this sulfur odor, or you need to inject chlorine, ozone or hydrogen peroxide. The next step is to find out how much iron and manganese you have, and determine the pH (acidity or alkalinity) of your water. However you don't have to become a chemist in order to find out the simple parameters you need to know before selecting an iron filter.
How do iron filters work? When your water is underground in your well, it is usually clear in color, even though it may contain high levels of iron. This is known as 'ferrous' or clear water iron. Iron filters take this clear iron and transform it to rust or ferric iron in the process known as oxidation. These trapped particles are periodically and automatically backwashed out to drain, usually once or twice a week. Most iron filters remove both clear water iron and ferric iron.
Benefits of Iron Filtration Systems 1. Remove dirt, silt, clay and other sediments from your drinking & working water.
2. Malty layers of filtering material for optimum water treatment.
3. Absolutely no cartridges to change or clean.
4. Minimizes unpleasant odor.
5. Reduces most chlorine taste and odor.
6. Eliminates water stains due to corrosion.
7. Neutralizes acidic water.
8. Saves on soaps and shampoos.
9 Clothes will be brighter and last longer.
10. Prevents scale build-up in pipes, fixtures and appliances.