Rust in well water, filter needed, thinking D.E.

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by coolul007, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. coolul007

    coolul007 New Member

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    First, let start off by giving kudos to the help I received getting the old well started and going. I greatly appreciate all of the advice and best of all I was not steered in any wrong direction. Now for the present dilemma, When the well is not in use for a few days, rust appears, my guess is it is from the casing and or from the pipe attached to the submersible pump. The well is approximately 25-30 feet deep. I connected a "keystone" filter with a 20 micron insert, this did nothing to filter the rust. I did some research and saw several references to a D.E. filter, like ones used on swimming pools that "should" filter the rust. I had a Hayward D.E. filter on a pool so I am familiar with their use. Has anyone used this solution or have opinions?
  2. capecod

    capecod New Member

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    We put in a small aquapure filter, whole house, and our water now is crystal clear.
    http://www.aquapurefilters.com/store/product/200028.200020/ap110.html
    Its too dark for me to take a picture with my iPhone, but here is the site that is the correct company.

    You need to change the cartridges several times a year, sort of based on how much crud is in your well water.
    Somebody here will give you better info and more details.
    Jane
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    The do make backwashing filters specifically for iron removal. They are similar to and use some of the same technology as a water softener to backwash.
  4. coolul007

    coolul007 New Member

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    Thank you for those suggestions, I'm trying to do this on the cheap, naturally, but I will look into these suggestions.
  5. JVance

    JVance Homeowner

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    Instead of starting a new thread, I have a similar problem as the O.P. We are currently using a pair of WHF's in parallel, and they have been effective to reduce the iron, but we loose pressure in a couple of months as the filters clog up and the filter housings turn orange with iron.

    LL, I've read some of your posts on the BIRM filters. Would the solution be as simple as replacing my current WHF's with the BIRM iron filter, or is a separate sediment filter still required? (if I understand correctly, I also need water that is slightly alkaline, otherwise I need additional water treatment before the BIRM...correct?)
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    A BIRM filter does a good job of filtering out precipitated iron (ferric, rust) but it won't filter dissolved (ferrous) iron without aeration or chemical contact. I don't know what the impact low pH would have on filtering iron.
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