softner or filter needed?

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by ugabulldog, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. ugabulldog

    ugabulldog Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Northeast GA
    My drilled well water tested .41 ppm for iron and 40 ppm (2.3 gr/gal) for hardness. My only concern is staining fixtures and clothes. Do you think i need one, and any advice on softener and/or filter? Does a sand filter work on iron?
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  2. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

    Dec 29, 2009
    Business owner/service and sales
    A sand filter may work, I am not sure about the area that you are in, I know where I am at for the most part as there are still things that come up that are a puzzle even after 20 years..

    A softener most likely will work, but your water temp is different that what I deal with, here the average temp is 35F... yours is another question.
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  4. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

    Jul 30, 2008
    Tech. Instructor
    S. Maine
    A properly sized softener should do the trick. Have your local water fitration company come out and size it for you or you can find a ton of sites online that will give you that information. Water conditions alone are not enough for us to do that here without somee further information.
  5. biermech

    biermech Previous member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Owner SWS Systems
    ocala, fl
    A BIRM (Best Iron Removal Media) filter will remove the iron. There is no salt needed or any other regeneranet for the system. That means very limited maintenance required.
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Aug 31, 2004
    Wherever I park the motorhome.
    A sand filter will not remove ferrous/dissolved iron, only ferric/oxidized iron/rust particles. Sand would only work IF you oxidized the ferrous iron first (into ferric iron particulate matter [sediment]) and then sand would filter them out.

    To use BIRM, you must meet some requirements like no H2S gas etc..
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