Signs of Iron in your Water

Normally it’s fairly simple to determine if you have iron in your water. Look for the following signs around your home. If you see any of these, iron is present in your water.

  • Reddish brown or orange stains in sinks, tubs and commodes.
  • Laundered whites appear dingy.
  • Colored clothes appear dark or dull.
  • Tea or coffee appears darker than normal.
  • Your water has a metallic taste.
  • When you turn the tap on, water, the color of Georgia red clay, comes out.
  • Water pressure is not as good as it once was.

What is iron in your water?
Iron is a natural occurring substance in the earth. When your well water comes into contact with iron deposits, they dissolve and are carried along with the water into your home. Iron stains many things that it comes into contact with in and around your home. This includes all appliances (washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers, coffee makers, etc.) as well as plumbing fixtures, clothes and fabrics. The amount of iron in your water is measured in parts per million (ppm).

The EPA’s limit on the amount of iron that should be present in your water is .3 ppm.

Benefits of our Iron Filter

  • Keeps laundry colors looking normal
  • Keeps appliances and plumbing fixtures free from stains
  • Fully automatic operation
  • Self-cleaning
  • Adjustable cleaning cycle
  • Durable and dependable
  • Low maintenance
  • Removes the metallic taste in the water

How does an Iron Filter work?
Our Iron Filters contain a specially designed media. The iron-laden water enters the top of the unit and flows through the media. The media attracts and binds to the iron. Only clean, clear water is passed from the filter to your home.

About every 4 days, the filter removes the accumulated iron that has been trapped inside. This is done by an automatic self-cleaning cycle called backwashing. The backwash cycle draws a cleaning agent into the filter. The cleaning agent causes the media to release the iron which is then flushed out of the filter. The filter then thoroughly rinses the media bed, removing any remaining iron, sediment and the cleaning agent. Once the backwash cycle has ended, the filter returns itself to normal operation.

The cleaning agent must be checked and replenished periodically (typically every 3-6 months) to maintain proper and efficient operation.

A simple water test, that only takes a few minutes, can determine the level of chlorine in your water. Metro Water Filter offers an on-site consultation. Please give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to test your water on site.

clear water after installing Iron Filters for Water