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How To Remove Iron From Well Water?

Are you noticing those red or brown STAINS throughout your home? Maybe the back of the toilet, in the shower, or on your clothes? If you are then you probably have iron in your well water. Iron in well water is very common in the East TN region, so we have put together a guide to help you understand the 4 different types of iron and how to treat them. 

If you live in Tennessee, it is likely that if you use a well, you are going to be using hard water. Unfortunately, this means that anything you use it for is very soon going to experience some unpleasant side effects, including:
  • Damaged plumbing and appliances
  • Poor quality laundry cycles
  • Bitter tasting drinks and food
  • Dry, irritated skin.
We’ve been in the business of providing water systems for well water since 2005. Our award-winning installations have found their way into the homes and businesses of over 8000 clients and we’re pleased to extend our offer to you. Our founder, David Brewster set up his water system company in his parents’ garage after ten years in the water treatment industry and since then we’ve expanded to over 40 team members, all passionate about excellent customer service and great water treatment. Read More

What Is The Best Water Treatment System For Well Water?

We’ll find the best possible solution to your well water filtration issues so why not give us a call or message today? You can take advantage of our free water testing service or call up for a quote on any of our installations or water treatment products. We offer regular discounts and promotional offers on our work so check out our homepage or get in touch and we’ll give you a service you can afford. You’ll also be pleased to note that we offer a free learning center on our website. Our team has some of the most knowledgeable water treatment experts in the country and we share our expertise via this portal. You’ll find ideas and techniques on improving your water quality and tips to maintaining your water system. When you want to get us out to you and see how we can help you, there’s no better way than using our free water testing service. To get started:
  • Fill in your details via our online form or give us a call
  • Our project coordinator will be in touch to provide or request clarification and offer any advice
  • We’ll get in contact to work out a good time for our project estimators to pay you a visit
  • One of our project estimators will come to your property to test the water and check for levels of bacteria, sulfur, iron, manganese, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, and copper amongst other things.
Based on your results we’ll find the best water systems for well water to fix your issues and a quote on how much the work will be. There’s no problem we can’t fix when it comes to water treatment. We stock the entire range of Kinetico®, America’s favorite water treatment product company.

Iron Removal Water System For Your Tennessee Home Or Office

If you think you’ve got too much iron in your well water system, we’re always happy to lend a hand. To get started you can take advantage of our free water test or get a quote on any work we can offer you. You’ll find our prices very reasonable, but you can also take advantage of any of our special promotions. Just take a look at our home page now or get in touch and we’ll let you know what we can do.

If you’re having an issue and you want a quick or temporary solution before, we can get out to you, just head over to our learning center. It is an online portal with a great selection of blog posts concerning common issues, tips and tricks to maintaining good quality water and information on how you can improve it.

We’ve been providing an award-winning iron removal water system to businesses and homes since 2005. Our founder, David Brewster, started his water filtration company in his parents’ garage after working in the water treatment industry for a decade. These days, our operation has expanded to over 40 team members and we’ve served over 8000 clients and now we’re happy to offer our service to you!

Water Systems For Well Water In Your Tennessee Home or Business

Since we first started operating in 2005, we’ve managed and installed well water filtration for some of the most globally recognized American companies. These have included KFC, Chick-Fil-A, TVA and Coca-Cola, plus many more. But it’s not just big businesses we’ve worked with. We believe that everyone should have access to good quality water, which is why you’ll find some very kind feedback from ordinary folk in our reviews section. Over the years we’ve built quite a community of clients, so why not connect with us on social media and see what we’ve been up to? Read Less

1. Ferrous “Clear Water” Iron

Ferrous iron is what is often referred to as “clear water iron”. Being soluble, ferrous iron is invisible to the eye and CANNOT be filtered out.  (It is dissolved in the water, just like sugar is dissolved in stirred iced tea or coffee. It’s there, but you can’t see it.) If your water has ferrous iron, then you may not even know until red stains start to form in the toilet tanks below the water-line and other places where water is stagnant for a period of time. This is because ferrous iron has a tendency to oxidize once it comes in contact with air. As seen on the pictures below of the toilet bowl and shower wall, when the water evaporates on surfaces touched by the water, the unsightly iron stain residue is left behind. Our iron removal water system can fix this problem. Removal of “clear water iron” can be accomplished using a properly designed non-electric Kinetico® water softener.

2. Ferric “Orange Water” Iron

Ferric iron or “orange water iron” is like common rust found in well water, and is present as very fine particulate. Since ferric iron is a solid, it MUST be filtered out, like any particulate that might be in your water. Because of oxidation, ferric iron commonly forms right inside your home and can be very noticeable in bathroom fixtures. We have optional water treatment for iron removal.

3. Colloidal Iron

Colloidal iron looks like orange-water iron, but it won’t settle out if you leave it sitting in a glass over night. Sometimes oxidized iron forms very fine solid particles typically between 0.1 and 0.001 micron in diameter. This ultra-fine iron is often paired with anions in the solution or organic material. The small size of these particulates renders most conventional filters ineffective. Professionally designed ultra or nano filters are extremely effective at removing most of these very fine particulates.

4. Organic Iron

Organic iron is another type of iron found in wells.  It is sometimes called bacterial iron since a type of slime bacteria feeds on the iron in the aquifers feeding the well.  The well pump brings the iron and bacteria into home’s water distribution system.  Organic iron untreated causes water to have a murky tint that can be seen by holding up a clear glass filled with tap water against a bright light. The tell-tale signs of organic iron can sometimes be seen in a quiet corner of the toilet tank where it appears as a glob of orange colored gelatin.  Organic iron will heavily stain clothing if chlorine bleach is used in the laundry cycle.

Case 1: Treatment for Ferrous “Clear Water” Iron

If all the iron in the water is soluble, you will need a professional water test to know for sure, it is considered a “hardness mineral” and a water softener can be used to remove it. The ion exchange process works equally well for removing ferrous iron as it does to remove calcium and magnesium (that limescale buildup). Because iron clings more strongly to the resin beads, most water softeners cannot handle soluble iron over the long-term and become fouled out.

Single-tank softener systems that use hard, iron-filled water for regeneration and cleaning soon suffer from iron fouling of the resin bed and damage to the valve. This happens as the trapped ferrous iron oxidizes inside the resin bed to insoluble ferric iron and settles to the bottom.

The Kinetico® twin-tank non electric softeners work well for ferrous iron removal because they regenerate using only soft, iron-free water and they also have “counter-current” flow during regeneration, which is more efficient at removing the ferrous iron and hardness minerals from the soaked resin. Find out more about our iron removal system for water today.

Case 2: Treatment for Ferric “Orange Water” Iron

Normal ferric “orange water” iron is a type of fine particulate (rust) and often makes the water contain color. Filtration is the best way to remove this while also removing: sand, mica, dirt, or sediment if present in your well water.

Sometimes the Kinetico® Mach Super Kit cartridge filter can work in removing ferric iron. If levels are high a chemical-free backwashing filter is a better filtration option. Backwashing filters, like softeners, have in-service and backwashing cycles. The difference is that the filters use a different media and do not require any salt. They only use water to wash the accumulated particulate down the drain.

Many times wells in East Tennessee have both ferric and ferrous iron. In this case there are two options for dealing with the mixed iron content. One method calls for oxidation of the water to convert all the ferrous iron to ferric iron, followed by filtration. The oxidation step can be achieved by chemical injection, catalytic media, or by aeration. Once all the iron is in the ferric state, it can be filtered.

The second and preferable method is to pass the water through a cartridge or backwashing filter first, followed by a water softener. This way both types of iron are dealt with separately, with the filter catching the ferric iron (and sediment), and the Kinetico® softener catching the soluble ferrous iron. The added benefit of this method is that the hardness is also removed by the Kinetico® softener, resulting in clean, soft, iron-free water in the home.

Case 3: Treatment for Colloidal Iron

During testing, we often find that some fraction of iron oxide is ultra-fine in size and passes through conventional filters and NEVER settles out. This is more common in shallow wells and on some chlorinated water supplies. To remove ultra-fine iron requires an Ultra-filtration system. The UF systems range from a basic 0.5 micron cartridge filter to specialized large cartridge filters that go down to 0.20 microns.

Example of a 20″ Ultra Filtration cartridge we sometimes use after our backwashing filters.

Inquire About A Water Systems For Well Water in Tennessee

At Aqua Clear Water Systems, we pride our selves on providing the highest quality lime water filter system installation in all of Tennessee. We also offer soft water systems for homes, whole water systems, as well as water treatment for iron removal for businesses. Send us a message with your query, direct message or email us, or even give us a call and we’ll start working on the best water filtration system for your well water today!

If you’re experiencing any of these issues we know it can be a huge pain, and we have helped thousands of clients just like you fix their water.

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