Advanced Plumbing and Heating will have a full comprehensive water test performed on your water. We will advise you on the best system to accommodate your water needs.
Water Treatment can treat all types of problems and concerns:
A second strategy is to run the water through a bed of calcite (the most common treatment mineral) or corosex. As the low pH water passes through the bed, the mineral dissolves into the water and raises its pH.
Calcite treatment raises the pH by adding calcium carbonate to the water. This has the sometimes undesirable effect of increasing the hardness of the water slightly. Calcite and corosex are most commonly used in backwashing filters, but calcite alone can be used with simple upflow filters if the water is reasonably clean. Calcite is also commonly used in cartridge form as a postfiltration treatment for undersink reverse osmosis units. RO lowers pH, and calcite filters are used to bring the pH back to neutral.
Ferric iron cannot be removed by a water softener, but it can be removed readily by filtration–even with a simple wound string filter, although backwashing filters are most commonly used because iron stops up conventional sediment filters quickly unless the amount is very small.
Heme iron can be removed by a scavenger anion resin or by oxidation with chlorine followed by mechanical filtration.
When iron bacteria are present, the standard treatment is chlorination followed by filtration.
Bacteria can also be removed by filtration. Submicron filters are excellent bacteria removers. In fact, ceramic filters, made by the world’s oldest water filter company, were initially developed to remove bacteria from the polluted waters of the Thames. Filters that are classed as microfilters and ultrafilters are effective against bacteria, as is reverse osmosis, though manufacturers of reverse osmosis do not normally claim bacteria removal as a function of their products.
Ultraviolet light is another standard defense against pathogenic bacteria. UV is actually classified as a sterilizer because it works by disabling the microbes’ ability to reproduce.
“Activated carbon has an excellent history of success in treating taste and odor problems. The life of the carbon depends on the presence of organics competing for sites and the concentration of the odor causing compound.” — Enting Engineering Handbook.
Other causes are mineral contaminants, for example:
Chlorides in excess of 500 ppm produce a “salty” taste.
Blue green algae, depending on its quantity, can cause “grassy” and “musty” tastes and odors, as well as a “spicy” odor. Algae is also blamed for “fishy, rotten, septic, and medicinal” odors.
Hydrogen sulfide gas causes what is commonly called a “rotten egg smell.”
Rotting vegetation is probably the most common cause of taste/odor problems, however.
Sediments are most often transported by water (fluvial processes), wind (aeolian processes) and glaciers. Beach sands and river channel deposits are examples of fluvial transport and deposition, though sediment also often settles out of slow-moving or standing water in lakes and ocean dunes and loess are examples of aeolian transport and deposition. Glacial moraine deposits and till are ice-transported sediments.
Aeration treatment involves spraying water or mixing it with air, and then venting the air from the water before use.
GAC treatment filters water through carbon. Radon attaches to the carbon and leaves the water free of radon. The carbon may need special handling in its disposal if it is used at a high radon level or if it has been used for a long time.
In either treatment, it is important to treat the water where it enters your home (point-of-entry device) so that all the water will be treated.
The other major cause of brown, red, orange or yellow water is rusty water pipes in your building. If old, rusty pipes are discoloring your water, consult a licensed of plumbing materials or an experienced plumber. Water that is being discolored by rusty pipes is not a health hazard; however, it is an indication that the pipes are corroding and they can eventually leak.
Advanced Plumbing and Heating can expertly install:
- Complete Water Systems
- Whole House Filters
- Ultra Violet Lights
- And perform Well Chlorination