Dive into the world of water transformation with a burning question: How do you bid farewell to iron in your water? Meet the Aquasential™ Smart High Efficiency Water Softener and the Aquasential™ Select Series™ Water Softeners. Armed with cutting-edge filtration technology, they promise a water experience of unmatched purity.
How Do Water Softeners Remove Iron From Your Water?
The Aquasential™ Smart High Efficiency Water Softener and Aquasential™ Select Series™ Water Softeners from Culligan are designed to remove iron from water through a process called ion exchange. Here’s how it works:
1. Ion Exchange: These water softeners use a resin bed containing ion exchange resin beads. When water flows through the resin bed, the resin beads attract and remove positively charged ions, such as calcium and magnesium, which cause hardness in water. In addition to removing hardness minerals, the resin beads also could attract and remove iron ions.
2. Iron Removal: When the iron levels are low, which it is in most instances, the resin bed can effectively remove iron along with other minerals. For higher iron levels, an additional step may be required.
3. Pre-Treatment: In cases where the iron levels are high, a pre-treatment step may be necessary before the water enters the water softener. This pre-treatment step can involve the use of an iron filter or an oxidizing agent to convert the iron into a solid form that can be easily removed by the resin bed.
4. Regeneration: Over time, the resin bed becomes saturated with hardness minerals and iron. To recharge the resin bed and ensure continued iron removal, the water softener goes through a regeneration process. During this process, a brine solution is used to flush out the accumulated minerals and iron from the resin bed, allowing it to continue removing iron effectively.
It’s important to note that the specific performance and capabilities of the Aquasential™ Smart High Efficiency Water Softener and Aquasential™ Select Series™ Water Softeners may vary depending on the model and configuration. To determine the best softener for your iron removal needs, schedule an appointment, and allow us to help your household find solutions to safer, cleaner drinking water.
5 Signs Your Water is Contaminated With Iron
Iron contamination in drinking water can manifest itself through various symptoms, both in the water itself and in its impact on individuals consuming it. Here are the common symptoms associated with iron-contaminated water:
1. Water Discoloration: Red, brown, or yellow coloration in the water, especially noticeable when drawn from taps or faucets.
2. Unpleasant Taste and Odor: Metallic or rusty taste in the water, which can make it unappealing to drink. Foul or earthy odor, often described as a musty or swampy smell.
3. Staining of Fixtures and Laundry: Reddish-brown or yellow stains on sinks, toilets, bathtubs, laundry, and other plumbing fixtures.
4. Sediment or Particles in Water: Presence of visible particles or sediment in the water, indicating iron precipitation.
5. Clogging and Scaling: Accumulation of iron deposits in pipes, leading to clogging and reduced water flow. Scaling on appliances like water heaters, affecting their efficiency and performance.
It’s important to note that the symptoms and severity of iron contamination can vary based on the concentration of iron in the water. Regular testing of water quality is essential to detect iron contamination and implement appropriate water treatment methods to mitigate its effects and ensure safe drinking water.
How Does Iron Enter Your Drinking Water?
Iron contamination in drinking water is a prevalent issue caused by the presence of iron compounds in groundwater sources. This contamination typically occurs through the natural geological makeup of the Earth and human activities. Here’s how iron can contaminate drinking water:
- Natural Occurrence: Iron is a naturally occurring element found in rocks, soil, and the Earth’s crust. Groundwater sources, such as wells and aquifers, may encounter iron deposits, leading to its dissolution into the water.
- Leaching from Soil and Rocks: Rainfall or snowmelt can percolate through the soil and rocks, dissolving iron compounds along the way. This iron-laden water can then infiltrate groundwater reservoirs, contaminating them with iron.
- Mining and Industrial Activities: Mining operations and industrial activities can disturb natural deposits of iron-containing minerals. When these deposits are exposed or processed, iron can enter nearby water bodies through runoff, leaching, or improper disposal practices.
- Corrosion of Pipes and Plumbing Systems: In older infrastructure or homes with aging plumbing systems, iron can leach into the water from corroded iron pipes, fittings, and fixtures. The presence of oxygen and acidity in the water can accelerate this process.
- Agricultural Runoff: The use of iron-containing fertilizers in agriculture can result in runoff that carries iron into nearby water sources, especially during heavy rains or irrigation.
- Wastewater Discharge: Improperly treated or untreated wastewater containing iron can be discharged into rivers, lakes, or groundwater. This can introduce iron into the water supply.
It’s important to note that the symptoms and severity of iron contamination can vary based on the concentration of iron in the water and an individual’s sensitivity to iron. Begin your journey to safer, cleaner water with a free water test!