Martin's Water Treatment FAQ
What Are Some Common Water Problems?
Some common water problems are as follows:
- Hydrogen Sulfide
What Are The Benefits Of Clean, Soft Water?
Some common benefits are as follows:
- Use less detergent, saving you money and helping the environment
- Dishes and glassware rinse cleaner with less spots
- Your skin feels softer and smoother
- Clothes and linens are brighter, whiter and softer, and last longer
- Pipes and appliances have less scale buildup and resist corrosion
- Appliances like your hot water heater and humidifier last longer and work better
- Never-ending supply of cleaner, safer drinking water
- Less expensive and less hassle than buying bottles of water
- Helps the environment by keeping bottles out of our landfills
My Water Has Iron & Tastes Rusty – What Is The Best Method Of Treatment?
If your have clear water (ferrous) iron, the best method (depending on how many PPM) is a heavy duty water softener designed for iron removal. If you have red water (ferric) iron, the best method is a heavy duty backwashing filter with special iron removal media mixed with calcite. If you are unfortunate enough to have ferrous and ferric iron, you could be looking at needing a heavy duty backwashing iron filter and a heavy duty water softener to reliably combat this problem. Chlorine injection systems followed with GAC (carbon) filters have been used in the past by water treatment companies for iron removal but require frequent carbon replacement because the carbon quickly clogs with iron and water pressure problems are an issue. The chlorine injection method does not soften the water, and hard water often accompanies irony water — this method is not best for clear and/or red water iron. Chlorine injection systems are the preferred method for hard to control bacterial and organic iron — sometimes this maintenance-heavy method is the only method that works. A rare form called "colloidal iron" is iron that has a specific gravity only slightly more than that of water and has a molecular structure and charge that causes it to resist coagulation and filtration. Special iron filtration systems using alum as a coagulant, a settling tank and special filters are need to remove this hard-to-treat form of iron.
Sometimes My Hot Water Smells Like Sulfur Or Rotten Eggs – What Can I Do?
Your water heater has something in it called an "anode rod." This rod hangs down inside the tank and has a negative charge with the capability of exchanging or sacrificing electrons. The anode rod is there to protect your water heater from iron, hard water and other positive "cations" from attacking the fiberglass lining. This anode also is where iron-reducing bacteria can thrive — feeding on the iron. This anode contributes electrons and can keep this reaction going provided there is "food" for the bacteria. The answer to this problem is to remove the "food" for the bacteria or remove the anode rod from the water heater. Turning the temperature up on the heater can help — but may make the water too hot and probably will not eliminate the smell completely. Removing the anode rod will void the warranty on the water heater and will shorten its useful life. Chlorinating the water heater will kill the smell and the bacteria for a short time, but it will return when irony water refills and sits in the tank. The only true solution to the problem is removing the iron with a water treatment system.
Isn't Bottled Water Better Than Tap Water?
Just as tap water can vary by location, the content of bottled water varies by bottler. Some of the highest quality bottled waters are produced by reverse osmosis (RO) filtration, which typically reduces impurities by 95 percent or more. Reverse osmosis technology is available for your home through Martin's Water Treatment.
Don't My Tax Dollars Pay For Clean, Regulated Water?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets primary and secondary water regulations. In some cases, water will not meet those standards. And even if it does, it may still taste or smell bad or contain magnesium, calcium or other minerals or dissolved solids. Thankfully, in-home water treatment methods are available to take the guess work out of solving water quality problems.