Why does my water look clear yet stain my fixtures a rusty orange color?
There are different types of iron found in water that cause different problems. Ferrous iron is clear iron that may have an off taste that will cause rust staining when it has an opportunity to come into contact with oxygen. This type of iron can sometimes be filtered through a water softener. If the iron is above a certain level, a softener will not be able to accommodate excessive levels of iron. This level is determined through a water analysis.
Another type of iron found in this area is ferric iron. This type of iron has an orange appearance and sometimes may also be filtered through a water softener if the iron level is not excessive.
A third type of iron staining can result from an iron reducing bacteria. Although not a health concern, iron bacteria can result in staining and mechanical problems with several appliances. This type of contaminant must be eliminated with chlorine or other bactericidal water conditioning technologies.
When dealing with a higher level of iron, an iron filter is required. This piece of equipment is installed prior to the water softener and works independently of the water softener. Guthrie & Frey Water Conditioning installs an iron filter called the Iron Curtain. It is designed to treat the water for both iron and odor.
How frequently does my iron filter need maintenance?
We recommend having your Iron Curtain System serviced every 4-6 years. We send out maintenance post cards to our customers 4 years after their last Iron Curtain service provided. We do have a lot of clients who prefer to have their equipment maintained only as needed. We haven’t seen some of our clients for over 10 years after their installation! The level and frequency of maintenance on an Iron Curtain System is dependent on the water quality the system is filtering. However, a system that hasn’t been routinely maintained may require a more costly service call.
What is the life expectancy of an Iron Curtain System?
We typically see Iron Curtain Systems have a life expectancy of 15-20 years. The Iron Curtain System is the technology that we most frequently recommend for iron filtration and odor in private well water applications.
What are the signs my iron filter needs service?
If you notice that your water pressure has decreased, it may be a symptom of your Iron Curtain being restricted. You can confirm this easily yourself by putting your Iron Curtain on bypass and turning on a faucet to see if your pressure increases. If it does improve, call us!
Another sign is spitting faucets. If you turn your water on and the water “spits” out of the faucet, call us! This is associated with the check valve and will require a service call that may involve cleaning of the check valve or the valve may very well need to be replaced.
“Two gentlemen came to service and update my Iron Curtain system. They were on time, knowledgeable and focused. Changed a number of parts and explained what they were doing and why they were doing it. Very pleased.”
“Many thanks to Guthrie and Frey for replacing our water system today. They removed a nearly 20 year old Culligan set of equipment and replaced it in 3 hours with a brand new Iron Curtain and a 40,000 grain softener, and both systems are state-of-the-art and Wisconsin-made. Light years better! Zero pressure to “make a sale” and nothing but professionals from the consultant to the installers. Can’t say enough how awesome it was working with them.”