Will soft water clean the household pipes?

If the question is asked because you had really hard water in your home and no water

softener for a long period of time, to the point it left the pipes lined with limestone,

calcium, dirt etc., the answer is yes.

Over time the soft water will break down the hardness and debris left in the pipes from

hard water and carry most of it away. Water heaters will begin to use far less energy to

heat the water right away and over time will start to remove the massive amounts of

calcium, limestone and other debris collected. That is like having a big calcium brick

on the bottom of the heater.

Normally with hard water you have to heat through this brick of hardness and debris

before you even heat the water. Not only will that save a fortune on energy to heat the

water, the soft water is generally much lighter in weight with all of that hardness gone,

so just the water being lighter can save as much as 20% or much more on the money

you spend to heat the water. Not to mention your clothes are softer, whiter and brighter

than they have ever been before.

That is why most people, whether they realize it or not, save enough money in their

overall budget to pay for the initial expense of a water softener or water conditioner

many times over. Add that to the fact that people with sensitive skin who have

excessively hard water gain an incredible advantage when they change to soft water.

If you buy an efficient water softener such as they sell at WaterFiltersOfAmerica.com, salt

becomes a minimal expense as the average person with a properly applied water

softener or water conditioner can expect to only add salt about once per year. Average

salt cost would then be about $25 a year depending on where you buy the salt.

Iron and Manganese have the tendency to stain fixtures throughout the property. Iron can leave discoloration that looks red, orange, yellow, or rust colored. Manganese is known to leave a black discoloration. Sometimes when both are present, you will notice brown stains on house fixtures.

Sulfur in the water can cause a rotten egg smell, however it does not cause staining.

Fortunately it is easy to treat well water systems. Private wells are most commonly affected by these contaminants. Community wells may also have these issues. If your well water system is experiencing any of the above, do not hesitate to call one of our friendly technicians about what you can do to treat the water.

Water Filters of America sources the best filters for water treatment in the United States. You will be happy to see clear and drinkable water for a reasonable price when dealing with us. Say goodbye to sulfur water, rotten egg smell, iron water, and more with our excellent water filtration systems.

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Low pH acid water causes stains

Low pH well water can cause blue or green stains on sinks, pipes and fixtures. You must raise the pH.

acidic low pH well water is acid water

Acidic low pH water can cause pinhole leaks in plumbing and copper pipes. Acid water damages water softeners, iron filters and sulfur filters. You must raise it before filtering.

Have you ever noticed blue or green staining on sinks, filters, toilets or other places your water touches? Do you have copper plumbing in your home? If the answer is yes to both of these questions, you likely have low pH water. Low pH water is very common in many parts of the country and is usually a clear indication of acidic water (a pH lower than 7) reacting with the copper producing corrosive staining. It is essentially “Melting” the copper into the water and should be corrected immediately. Failure to do so will almost certainly end with pinhole leaks springing up on your pipes eventually.

Obviously you would not want to drink this water. pH values below 6.5 are below the EPA safe drinking water standard and we don’t think you should drink water below 7.0. Water with pH below 7.0, which is considered neutral, can still leach metal from pipes, fixtures and connections into the water. Houses with copper pipes installed before 1987 are also very likely to have lead solder holding the pipes together, which is another reason not to drink the water. When filtering iron or metallic tastes out of your home drinking water you also should have a pH of at least 7.5 or higher to achieve the best results.  If it is corroding copper piping, just imagine what it could do to your body.  There many ways to raise the pH of your drinking water. One is by using a Chemical Injection System to inject Soda Ash into low pH water. That is usually the cheapest method and works well on mildly acidic water. Another way to raise the pH of your household water is by using a Backwashing Acid Neutralizing System which uses crushed limestone to increase the pH in water. The difference in application depends on the pH reading of the water and several other factors.  Please feel free to contact a friendly expert at budgetwater.com by calling 1-800-684-0979. They are not allowed to ask you to buy anything and will just answer your questions and give you friendly helpful advice. Call them now.

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iron filters and manganese water filters remove stains

Iron filters can remove iron, sulfur and manganese from well water that cause staining to sinks, toilets, fixtures  and also cause damage to water softeners.

Iron can cause red, orange or brown staining around the home. Manganese can cause black staining and make the hot water in the home smell like rotten eggs. If you have a rotten egg smell on the HOT water side ONLY and see the color black in the backs of toilets or other places that your water touches, it is likely you have manganese. If you have iron and manganese both, it can make the iron staining much darker than normal.

While there are a number of ways people try to treat such issues, it is very important to remember several methods not to use. Do not use chlorine together with retention tanks and carbon tanks to treat iron and manganese normally. While this is a common trick that in-home sales companies often use to run up the initial cost and to insure they have ongoing expensive maintenance cost for a consumer, there are far better and more ethical and economical ways to combat common iron and manganese problems. Another common “Trick” is to sell consumers a water softener to act as an iron and manganese filter. This is a really bad idea in so many ways. Not to mention that you should never use a water softener when iron is present in the water and you SHOULD NOT drink the water from any water softener or salt using appliance of any kind.
Some people use old backwashing tank technology called “Birm Filters” for iron and manganese. The problem is that these filters must have air injectors to add air to the water. This can result in the build up of massive amounts of air in the water, and make the hot water pipes begin to “Spit” hot water out of the faucets. Many people with Birm filters complain that the water is often cloudy or milky. Also remember that you must have a pH of at least 8.0 to use Birm when both iron and manganese are present in your private well water supply.

Others will try to use Greensand Filter options to remove iron and manganese. While iron can be removed with Greensand and Manganese can be removed by greensand as well. It seems the filter becomes far less effective when more than one contaminant is present. Also, Greensand uses a highly volatile chemical called potassium permanganate (Pot perm) which is not a chemical we recommend to be used in a residential (Private home) application. We do sell Greensand Filters, but only to commercial entities that understand how to handle this chemical like the dangerous substance it is.

The best way to treat both iron and manganese is by using an oxidizing filter. There are a number of oxidizing iron filters and manganese filters. We sell virtually all types of filters on the market today, so we know which ones really work for each situation. Most have certain drawbacks, such as having to replace minerals inside or the pH must be higher. No one likes needless ongoing maintenance problems.

While we sell virtually all types of iron and manganese filter systems, the best type of water filtration system to remove both iron and sulfur is the Terminox® ISM iron, sulfur and manganese removal system. It is virtually maintenance free and requires no salt, chemicals or air injection and should virtually never need the minerals inside to be replaced as long it is applied properly, and we can help you with that simple process. Another plus with the Terminox filter is it works at much lower pH ranges than other filter choices, such as Birm and the outdated air injection systems.

Terminox Iron Filter vs Greensand Iron Filter

Terminox®ISM water filter for iron and sulfur removal is far superior in every way to greensand filters using potassium permanganate. Terminox® has no salt or chemicals.

A conventional Greensand backwashing washing water filtration tank is comprised generally of a water tank (Usually around 4 feet tall or so) with an ionic exchange mineral inside (mineral) and an electronic control valve to channel the water where it needs to go. Virtually all of these types of water filter also have a much smaller tank with a single feed line to the bigger tank to introduce potassium permanganate (Pot perm) periodically.

NOTE: Our Terminox® ISM water filter has no harmful chemicals, salts or additives.

When removing substances, such as iron from the water passing through it, the minerals inside the Greensand unit can be used to remove electrons and hydrogen. It also acts as an oxidizing agent which is generally followed by a water filtration mineral (Greensand) to remove oxidized particulates (Such as iron or manganese). Most other filters use a dense mineral bed instead to actually filter contaminants. The most modern filters oxidize naturally instead of using harsh chemicals. Once the minerals in a greensand water filter become saturated with filtered substances such as iron, it must regenerate or “Clean” itself of these substances. One of the biggest downfalls of this type of filter is its susceptibly to organic and iron bacteria type issues. If anything coats the minerals or grows on the surface of these minerals, it can cause the exchange process to become marginal or stop working altogether. Then the contaminant return to the water supply.

Another issue with greensand is that if you introduce a substance such as chlorine to the water to inhibit the growth of bacterium, the chlorine can degrade the mineral over time. That is why many people now use oxidizing filters that can also remove or reduce chlorine and require no regenerates such as potassium permanganate to buy.

Many people who have more than one contaminate in their household water supply have marginal experiences with Greensand as well. For example the success rate for Greensand while removing iron seems far higher than the success rate when both iron and sulfur are present in the water supply, particularly if they are present in large amounts. Once you introduce a third contaminant such as manganese the success rate drops even further. If you happen to have an organic issue of some type in addition, or iron bacteria issues, a Greensand water filtration system is almost certainly doomed for eventual failure and/or extensive maintenance and repair issues.

Potassium permanganate itself is probably the biggest issue in current times with a Greensand. It is listed on the Hazardous substance list cited by the EPA and EPA.

Here are two excerpts from the www.NJ.gov site:

HAZARD SUMMARY

  • Potassium Permanganate can affect you when breathed 
in.
  • Contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage.
  • Breathing Potassium Permanganate can irritate the nose and throat.
  • Breathing Potassium Permanganate can irritate the lungs causing coughing and/or shortness of breath. Higher exposures can cause a build-up of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), a medical emergency, with severe shortness of breath.
  • Potassium Permanganate may affect the liver and kidneys.

HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION

Acute Health Effects

The following acute (short-term) health effects may occur immediately or shortly after exposure to Potassium Permanganate:

  •  Contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage.
  •  Breathing Potassium Permanganate can irritate the nose and throat.
  • Breathing Potassium Permanganate can irritate the lungs causing coughing and/or shortness of breath. Higher exposures can cause a build-up of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), a medical emergency, with severe shortness of breath. 
Chronic Health Effects 
The following chronic (long-term) health effects can occur at some time after exposure to Potassium Permanganate and can last for months or years: 
Cancer Hazard 
* There is limited evidence that Potassium Permanganate may cause mutations (genetic changes). Whether or not it poses a cancer hazard needs further study. 
Reproductive Hazard
  • Potassium Permanganate may decrease fertility.

Other Long-Term Effects

  • Potassium Permanganate may affect the liver and kidneys.

It would seem reasonable that everyone selling this product would instruct (Warn) residential end users to take caution with the use of this product to keep it from getting on skin, clothes, hair, floors, living areas, household water supplies etc. Virtually no one does this. In that regard we find it an antiquated and marginal practice at the residential level. It might be advisable to refrain from buying any product from any vendor who would not warn you of its hazards.