The human body needs iron; it’s an essential nutrient that we must consume regularly in small quantities to stay healthy, but, if we consume iron in large quantities it can actually adversely affect our health, so it’s important to ingest iron in a balanced way. We often find iron in our drinking water because it’s naturally added as the water passes through rock. Water is an effective solvent, it can dissolve many materials, and this includes iron. If your drinking water has a yellow colored tint or a metallic taste, you may have excessive quantities of iron in your water supply. The iron can be removed if you install an iron filter in your home water filtration system. Let’s look at the four main reasons to install an iron filter.
- Sediment Removal
Sediment consists of tiny particles that you can observe in the bottom of a glass of still or stagnant water. This is mostly sand, but there can also be tiny iron particles contained in the sediment, and if there is a large quantity of sediment, it can make your water unfit to drink. Installing an iron filter will allow you to remove sediment particles down to a size of 20-40 microns. This will remove almost all of the sediment and provide you with clean drinking water that’s far more pleasant to use.
- Contaminant Removal
If there a high iron concentrations in your water supply, it can contribute to corrosion in your water using appliances. This is damage that’s expensive to repair, and it could even lead to an earlier appliance replacement. There are other contaminants, such as sulfur and manganese, that will give your drinking water a foul “rotten egg” odor making unpalatable and hard to drink. Installing an iron filter will remove the iron, and it will also remove the sulfur and manganese, making your water taste and smell fresher.
- Protecting Plumbing Systems
The presence of iron in high concentrations can lead to brown stains on your plumbing fixtures. These rusty colored stains are corrosive, and they can damage your sinks, bathtubs, and shower stalls. But, this is only the damage that you can see, and this corrosion will also be present inside your plumbing pipes and your water using appliances. Compared to repairing or replacing appliances, plumbing pipes, and fixtures, installing an iron filter is inexpensive and it will help you to avoid iron related corrosion problems.
- Easy Maintenance
Once you begin using an iron filter, you will notice that it is a low maintenance option for water treatment. Modern iron filters have a control system that starts the regeneration cycle automatically based on the water used. Once your home has used a set number of gallons or a certain day limit has been reached, the system will regenerate. During this process, any accumulated particles that have been trapped in the iron filter will be flushed away to maintain the performance of the filter. The only required maintenance is to check the iron filters every six months to ensure that they are working at optimal efficiency.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.