Because water is called the “Universal Solvent”, it wants to dissolve everything it comes in contact with, including minerals in the earth’s crust, such as lime stone, Calcium and Magnesium; metals, like Iron, Copper and Mercury; Arsenic; gasses, such as Hydrogen Sulfide and other substances.
Water softeners and conditioners remove water hardness using a process called ion exchange, whereby hardness minerals are removed using a special resin.
When considering a water softening system, important considerations include efficiency (the amount of water and salt needed to routinely clean the softener resin); quality of the components (valve, tanks and resin); warranty and the equipment provider, since routine service is essential (as with other appliances).
As water peculates through the ground, it dissolves Iron which may be present. As a result, Iron stains and metallic tastes are common with well water.
Iron reduction filters consist of a control valve, pressure tank and Iron reduction media. For iron removal, it is necessary to oxidize the Iron to form particles so they may be filtered. Oxidation can be provided by the use of water treatment chemicals, such as Chlorine or Hydrogen Peroxide, or by air.
Using air for oxidation is ideal unless bacteria are present in your water. If this is the case, chemicals are needed for oxidation and for disinfection to prevent health risks.
If disinfection is required to kill bacteria and other microorganisms, Ultraviolet Light sterilizers are often used to provide safe drinking water. The “Home Water Treatment Plant” is also an option using chemicals when oxidation and disinfection are required.
Hydrogen Sulfide (Rotten egg odors)
Water can also pick up gasses, including Hydrogen Sulfide. This is a common problem in most sections of Florida, including Naples, Fort Myers, Wauchula, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Inverness, DeLand, Deltona, and Melbourne; Coastal North Carolina and other areas or the United States considered “low lands”.
Hydrogen Sulfide, or Sulfur filters are highly effective using Catalytic Activated Carbon, KDF filter media and / or water treatment chemicals.
Acidic water (low pH)
When your water’s pH is low (6 pH or below) it is considered Acidic. It is critical to correct this situation with an Acid Neutralizer for two important reasons.
First, acidic water may cause corrosion, which allows Lead to leach to your water. This is a health risk you must avoid.
Second, acidity often produces pin holes in copper pipes, resulting in damage and costly repairs.
Sediment and particulate filters
These filters clarify water to correct cloudiness.
In many areas of the country, Arsenic is a common problem. Contact us for more information.
If your water has tannin, we can easily correct this with specialty resins for tannin removal.