When you make ice tea – is your water the right brown color before you add the tea? When you shower, do you wonder if “that smell” is coming from you or your water? If either situation sounds familiar you may have iron and/or sulfur in your water supply. Identifying the cause of the issue and eliminating it can be a very daunting task. Koegel Plumbing and Heating Services has years of experience with iron and sulfur issues and can help identify the problem, suggest a solution as well as implement the solution for you.
How do I know if I have iron or sulfur in my water?
Identifying iron or sulfur in your water means knowing the difference between both minerals as well as iron or sulfur bacteria that may also cause issues with your water supply. Iron can get into your water supply two ways; it is dissolved and part of your well water or corrosion from pipes. Ingesting excess iron will not harm you but it can cause serious damage to your appliances, pipes and even cause discoloration and odd tasting food. Typically iron means brown stains on your plumbing fixture. Sulfur can enter your water system via decaying organic matter or chemical reactions with sulfur-containing items in your soil, sulfate-reducing bacteria that convert sulfate and other sulfur compounds to hydrogen sulfide gas or via your hot water heater which can produce hydrogen sulfide gas. Sulfur or other variations of sulfur (sulfates and hydrogen sulfates) are not harmful because their taste and smell are so offensive most people could not ingest enough to reach harmful levels.
What are iron and sulfur filters?
Iron and sulfur filters are inserted into the water system to help alleviate either iron or sulfur (or both). The type and size of filter can vary based on the mineral you are trying to remove. Koegel Plumbing and Heating has experience with all types of filters and can help you select the right filter for your water needs.
How do iron and sulfur filters work?
Iron and sulfur filters are an addition to your existing system that work to remove iron and/or sulfur from your water. A water line is connected to the filter to bring your untreated water into the tank. The tank contains a medium that is used to neutralize the iron and/or sulfur in the water. Clean water is pushed out of the tank and the excess iron and/or sulfur is washed out. Some filters use chemicals to rid water of iron and/or sulfur. Koegel Plumbing and Heating uses an aeration tank which simply means the tank uses the air you breath to make your water clean.
What are the benefits of iron and sulfur filters?
Iron and sulfur filters will help remove the odd red/brown color and the foul rotten egg smell from your water. Removing iron and sulfur from your water means using less soap to clean clothing and dishes. It means great tasting water for cooking and drinking. It also means less time scrubbing red iron stains out of your sinks, tubs and toilets.
Contact Koegel Plumbing and Heating today to “iron” out your water issues.
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