5 Most Popular Water Treatment Systems

1. Water Softeners. No surprise here. The first water softener technology was developed in 1903 and now thought of as a home essential on nearly every type of water. Hard water deposits hardness on everything it passes through and ruins water using appliances over time. 2. Water Conditioners. Also called “Multistage” or “All-In-One” systems, water conditioners are typically softeners with a additional, […]

1. Bacteria. Softeners remove hardness(calcium, lime, magnesium) through a process called ionic exchange. Ionic exchange, however, does nothing to kill bacteria. Whether it’s coliform, ferric iron or e. coli, your softener is simply not the type of equipment used to remove bacteria. 2. Toxic Metals. Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium… There are many toxic metals present in wells all over the world. Softeners will […]

 1. It’s not using salt. Water systems likes water softeners and water conditioners require regenerates such as salt (sodium chloride) or salt substitutes(potassium chloride) to remove hardness and iron from your water. If your current system hasn’t been using salt for an unusual amount of time, it is not functioning properly and needs service immediately. 2. You’re experiencing signs of hard […]

5 Reasons to Call a Water Professional

1. Odor in the water. Whether it smells like rust, iron, sulfur, fertilizer or something even worse, odor can often be a very clear indicator that something is wrong with your water. With multiple substances having similar smells, it’s imperative to conduct a series of water tests to properly diagnose the problem. Rather than spend money on a bunch of testing supplies, get […]

Top 5 Signs of Iron Algae

If iron algae exists in your home’s water supply, it has the potentially to clog up and/or ruin virtually every appliance that uses water, not to mention all of your plumbing. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to find out if iron algae is the root of your water problem. 1. Presence of iron-colored sludge/slime/mud in your sediment filter. Any normal person looking […]

3 Myths About Iron Algae

When you find that you have an iron algae or iron bacteria problem, the first inclination for most of us is to fix the problem ourselves. These are the myths about iron algae that I see in terms of people unsuccessfully resolving an iron algae or iron bacteria problem: Solving the problem via chlorination Removing iron algae or iron bacteria […]

Effects on Plumbing

When iron bacteria is present in a water supply, it often creates an orangish-brown slime throughout the plumbing of a house. This slime buildup results in negative effects on plumbing such as: decreased water pressure, rotten egg/sulfur odors, iron taste and pipe corrosion.  See our Consultation page for additional information!

Identifying Iron Bacteria or Iron Algae

Iron bacteria and iron algae are easily identifiable in areas where water has been sitting stagnant for more than a couple of hours. The most convenient place to look is usually the flush box on the back of any toilet. If there is a brownish-orange slime building up on the sides of the tank and/or the top of the water. […]

Whether it’s your dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, or ice maker, one thing holds true about iron bacteria and iron algae: it grows wherever it goes. If water is sitting stagnant in a cool, dark area of any appliance, it will grow visible algae in as little as 24 hours. Over time, this algae/slime oxidizes the materials it comes in […]