Understanding Iron And Manganese In Your Well Water

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When you have iron and manganese in your well water, you might also notice a terrible odor. The presence of iron and manganese in well water can be a source of the terrible odor. Fortunately, there is something that can be done about it.

The Prevalence of Iron

Iron is commonly found in water because it is one of the Earth's most plentiful resources. When you discover iron in your water, the iron will likely be in a dissolved state. As a result, your water might appear perfectly clear. However, if you have an unsafe amount of water in your well water, it will be brown, red, or yellow. The iron can also cause stains in your home. You may also have an excessive amount of manganese in the water, and this can also lead to stains. 

When you have a lot of iron or manganese in the water, it might have a metallic taste. Iron can especially be bad for tea and coffee since it creates an inky, black coffee that will have a rusty flavor.

The rust that comes from well water can plug piping and fixtures. It can also cause dishwashers and washing machines to become defective. For this reason, you'll want to correct your rust and manganese problem as soon as possible.

Best Ways to Remove Iron From Your Well Water

Fortunately, you'll be able to prevent iron and manganese from entering the water supply by using an iron filter. However, you'll need to find out the type of iron that is in your water supply before finding the right iron filter for your home. Have your well tested to find out the water chemistry. You'll also want to find out if your well water has a bacteria problem since you might need to choose a filter that can remove this as well.

A filter will not always protect your water from iron because it might not be the only source of iron. For example, if you have corroding pipes, this might be another source of your iron, and you'll need to have the pipes replaced to eliminate the iron in your water. 

For clear water with iron or for red water, you will need to use an oxidizing iron filter. You may have organic iron that results from high levels of tannins that enter the well water from the surface. To learn more, contact your local well water systems professionals. 


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Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.