Most well water in NW Indiana does contain a measureable level of Iron. The iron in water ruins clothing, causes hair to turn odd colors, stains landscaping features, and ruins household fixtures.
Finding the best equipment application for a specific iron problem can be tricky. Typically, a low level of iron: 1.5 ppm or less, can be adequately treated by a high quality water softener.In these situations, no iron filter is needed unless household water demands are substantial. With a test result of 2 ppm or more, an iron filter and water softener working in tandem is more than likely the best equipment application for solving the problem on a long term basis.
Iron Bacteria, is another common problem in our area. While not usually harmful to one's health, iron bacteria is an unpleasant smelling, rusty gelatinous substance that will cause problems within the household. A water softener and/or air oxidizing iron filter will not adequately treat for bacteria. There are methods for treatment, and all that seem effective involve the introduction of some form of disinfectant: Chlorine, Hydrogen Peroxide, or exposure to O-Zone.
Developed from years of research, and introduced in 2013, The Iron Blaster uses the natural power of O-Zone to expedite the oxidation of iron, and removes by disinfection iron bacteria and other common nuisance bacteria. In addition, testing has proven that the Blaster is effective in removing and/or reducing hydrogen sulfide gas (Rotten Egg Odor).
The blaster is considered a "green" system as it uses no chemicals or consumables to function. It is basically maintenance free, as annual service entails the simple removal, cleaning, and replacement of the corona discharge tube in the O-Zone generator.
We have tested this product in the most difficult to solve application situations: 5+ ppm of Iron, Iron Bacteria, Hydrogen Sulfide Gas and high usage/demand households and a combinations of these factors. In every situation, the Blaster has succeeded in solving the problem.
The Iron Curtain System from Hellenbrand has, over the years,in countless applications proven to consistently remove iron where other equipment has failed. The basic Iron Curtain is a two tank system: 1) Aeration and 2) Back-washing Filter Tank. It works by sending water through the aeration tank, which converts the dissolved minerals such as iron, manganese, and sulfur into particles. The tiny particles then circulate in the system for enough time to grow to a size where they are trapped in the filter tank. Depending and the water profile and household use, the filter tank automatically rejuvenates on a pre-programed schedule, (Typically, at night, every other night.)
The system is considered "green" technology, as it uses no chemicals or additives, and is virtually maintenance free.The determining factor for sizing purposes is required household flow rate and the larger the unit, the more the effective flow rate. The Iron curtain is available in twin, tri-plex and four-plex systems and is capable of handling the demands of typical lawn sprinkler systems.
Since air is used as the oxidizer, the Iron Curtain is not applicable to source water containing Iron Bacteria, without a chemical feed system. Without treatment the bacteria will cause rust build-up in plumping near the Iron Curtain system which will reduce household water flow rates.
The Puritan Iron Trap is a single tank iron filter that "assists" the water softener in non-iron bacteria applications.The Iron Tap is considered "green" technology as it uses air as the oxidizer which permits the entrapment of iron particles into its unique blend of filtration media. It is virtually maintenance free and uses no chemicals or salt for regeneration purposes. Best applications are limited to less than 3 ppm of Iron and lower levels of Hyrdrogen Sulfide Gas
For most applications, the Iron Filter is installed in-line after the well pressure tank, but before the water softener. We use plumping materials that are consistent with what is in the home. Installation charges start at $75 for a basic application, and will be quoted specific to the application in the written estimate.