Throughout the Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch & Leon Springs TX area, a common plumbing issue is brown or rusty water. Although this issue is more common for homes with private wells, high iron content is not limited to rural areas.
Many suburban communities with a public water supply still obtain their water from large city wells. A common misconception is that a water softener will solve these problems. A good water softener will soften the water but does not effectively filter out iron.
The iron issue is often ignored because it does not pose a real health or safety risk, it is more of a nuisance. Clogged plumbing fixtures, stained toilets, laundry and faulty dishwashers, water heaters & appliances are common symptoms.
Most homeowners are resolved to their fate, that they can never drink their water. All the while bottled water services continue to supply the home with gallons upon gallons of water for drinking and cooking.
Clear Water or Ferrous : Clear water iron is water with iron that is dissolved in the water. So you can’t see it but you can taste it and it will stain plumbing fixtures, clothes, appliances etc. When this type of water is exposed to air the iron will eventually begin to come out of solution and begin to turn red or rust color.
Red Water Iron or Ferric : Red water iron has already been oxidized, it appears red or orange and it does a real nice job ruining anything it comes into contact with, including clothes, appliances, fixtures, etc. It tastes like you’re eating a tin can. No one wants their potable to water to taste this way and to ruin plumbing fixtures, clothes and appliances.
Do you have a "Rotten Egg" odor in your water?
Another common problem with drinking water in the Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch & Leon Springs TX area is a rotten egg smell. This is dissolved hydrogen sulfide, it’s more common name is “sulfur”. Hydrogen sulfides can enter into the water system through wells or cisterns from decaying and decomposing plant material. Below are a few of the problems common to high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide:
- Rotten egg smell
- Bitter/ foul taste
- Rotten egg smell on the hot side only. (The magnesium anode rods common to many water heaters can break down chemically naturally occurring sulfates to hydrogen sulfides.
- High concentrations of sulfides can cause similar problems to that of high iron concentrations.
- Black stain on plumbing fixtures
- Slime or residue in pipes, fouling appliances and fixtures.
- High hydrogen sulfides can be corrosive to metals. If you have copper water piping or cast iron waste piping in your house this is bad.
- Hydrogen sulfide can foul the resin bed in a common ionic exchange water softener.
Manganese in our water too!
The last fairly common component present in our drinking water that can foul our plumbing fixtures and appliances is Manganese. Manganese if dissolved usually presents no real issues however in high enough concentrations and throw in a little oxygen and the Manganese can pose a real problem. Here are some of the common problems listed below:
- If in high enough concentrations can clog pipes:
- Can react with some common household beverages to create a black slime.
- Manganese deposits can settle in water heaters, storage tanks and water softeners seriously affecting the longevity of the equipment.
Complete Water Filtration, Conditioning & Treatment
There are a few products on the market to take care of these issues but Boerne Water Solutions found the company and product that eliminates them all, Charger Water Treatment Products. Their Iron Breaker III takes care of Iron, Sulfur and Manganese in one fell swoop. It is also a 5 micron taste, odor and sediment filter as well.
When people ask us about water filtration, we tell them this is a forever fix because you the homeowner are never bothered by changing cartridge filters to remove iron ever again. The Iron Breaker III regenerates and cleans the filter bed by itself. So you never have to lose water pressure again because the filter is clogged.
You’ll never have to get your hands dirty by changing a nasty filter that has been sitting in the canister awhile. Simply put the Iron Breaker III is one of the finest water treatment products on the market……period.
Gratefully Serving the Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch & Leon Springs TX Area