Can McGowan Water Conditioning Remove Iron and Sulfur From Well Water? 

What is iron?

Iron is a common element found in groundwater and is often present at very high concentrations. While it is generally considered innocuous for human consumption, it can cause significant damage to your plumbing systems and fixtures if not addressed properly.

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When it comes to treating iron, the first thing to consider is the type of iron. Typically, ferric iron is visible to the naked eye and flows from your tap in an orange hue or is stained against your sink and bathtub. However, there are other types of iron that can be found in your well water and they can be more difficult to detect. 

In addition, iron and sulfur can cause a variety of problems in your well water system including cloudy or discolored water, bad tastes, odors, and corrosion of plumbing and fixtures. The good news is that there are several ways to treat these issues and a professional water treatment company can help you choose the right solution for your particular needs. 

The most effective way to remove iron from your well water is through oxidation of the iron into an insoluble ferric state that can be filtered. Oxidation can be achieved through a variety of methods, including air, media, or chemicals. 

Depending on the level of iron and sulfur, an iron filter, water softener, or whole-house filtration system may be necessary for your well. It is important to test your well water before installing a filtration system so that you can determine the best option for your system. 

One option for removing iron is to install an air-injection system called an Air Induction Oxidization Filter System. This system uses compressed air to oxidize the iron into an insoluble ferric state and then filters it through carbon media beds. 

Another option is to use an ion exchange filtration system. This system reduces both iron and manganese and can also be used to remove other heavy metals. This method is more expensive than an oxidation system but it has the added benefit of reducing chlorine and chloramines, as well as other undesirable elements in your well water. 

A third option is to install a multi-stage water filtration system. These systems are designed to remove many different contaminants from your well water including iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide. They can also be used to reduce other heavy metals and bacteria. 

These multi-stage systems usually come with a pre-filter that removes sediment, particulate matter, and rust from the water. They then have a carbon filtration system that is designed to remove chlorine, taste, and odor impurities from the water. 

For those with a large amount of iron or sulfur in their well water, the Tier1 Precision Series Air Induction Oxidization Whole Home Iron, Manganese, and Hydrogen Sulfide Filter System is an excellent choice. This system uses air to oxidize the iron and manganese into an insoluble ferric state and then uses a carbon media bed to filter the water.