Iron Water Solutions in Maryland

Iron Removal Solutions in Annapolis, Bethesda & the Surrounding Areas in MD

To remove iron from your water, you’ll want to turn to a team of experienced professionals. Our team at Water Doctor can test your water and recommend necessary solutions. To learn more, contact us today.

To schedule iron removal solutions in Maryland, give us a call at 877-677-9275 or contact us online today.

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How Does Iron Get in Water?

Iron is a naturally occurring substance in rocks and soil. As it rains or rocks enter a water source, iron is washed into the water. When iron has become part of your water supply, it may turn the water yellow or brown, but in most cases, the water remains clear and it’s only the stains after water usage that alert you to the problem. Well water is very susceptible to iron water because of its position underground.

Is Iron in the Water Bad for You?

Iron in well water will stain sinks, tubs, toilets, and laundry with an orange or brown stain. Iron is not harmful to your health, but staining will begin with iron levels as low as 0.3 ppm. When designing an iron filtration system, the following items are considered:

  • Level of iron in parts per million (ppm)
  • pH level and hardness of the water
  • Manganese and sulfur in the water
  • Flow rate of the well pump
  • Estimated water usage

How To Remove Iron From Well Water

Common treatments for iron include water softeners (cation exchange), filtration tanks using various media, and aeration systems. Some competitors combine a softener with chemical injection systems, which rely heavily on homeowner maintenance. Water Doctor prefers using natural methods when possible and eliminating the need for homeowners to constantly monitor or manage chemicals.

For high iron accompanied by acidity, sulfur, and hardness, Water Doctor has designed the superior Iron Guard system. This system is capable of treating multiple water problems using natural methods. The Iron Guard system comes in many sizes and is specifically designed for your water test results and your choices for your home. 

Written Guarantee on Results

Because many companies “undersize” their systems to keep the price down, be sure to get written guarantees on full iron removal along with your water tests recorded on your contract. This applies to both clear water dissolved (ferrous) and precipitated (ferric) iron. The exceptions will be organic iron and iron bacteria, which can be very tricky to treat, but we seem to have success with those also.

What Can I Do if I Think I Have Iron Water?

If you suspect you have iron water or want to find out just to be safe, you can call in a water specialist like Water Doctor if you’re located in Maryland. We can test your water supply and find out if there’s iron present, how bad the situation is, and help you rid the water of iron.

To schedule iron removal services in Annapolis, Columbia, Bethesda, Rockville, Germantown, or throughout Maryland, contact us today at 877-677-9275.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there different types of iron found in water?

Yes, there are several types of iron commonly found in water:

  • Ferrous Iron (Clear-Water Iron): This type of iron is dissolved in water and is clear when drawn. It often turns red or brown upon exposure to air as it oxidizes.
  • Ferric Iron (Red-Water Iron): Ferric iron is iron that has oxidized and turned into rust, giving the water a reddish color.
  • Organic Iron and Iron Bacteria: Sometimes iron combines with organic matter or is accompanied by iron bacteria. This can lead to water that has a yellow or tea-colored look, and it might have an unpleasant taste or odor.
  • Colloidal Iron: This form of iron consists of very fine particles in suspension, giving water a cloudy appearance.

How does an iron filtration tank work?

An iron filtration tank typically works by oxidizing the soluble ferrous iron into its insoluble ferric form, which can then be filtered out. This is often achieved through a process involving a bed of media that both oxidizes and filters the iron. Air injection, ozone, chlorine, or other oxidants can be used to facilitate this process. As water passes through the tank, the iron is trapped in the media bed, and the filtered water comes out clear.

What is an aeration system?

An aeration system is a water treatment process that uses air to remove impurities. In the context of iron removal, aeration involves exposing water to air to oxidize soluble iron into its insoluble form. This is often done by spraying water into an aeration tank, where it comes into contact with air, or by bubbling air through the water. The oxidized iron particles can then be filtered out. Aeration is also effective in removing gases like hydrogen sulfide and volatile organic compounds from water.

How do I determine the best way to treat iron water?

To determine the best treatment for iron in water, consider the following steps:

  • Test the Water: Have your water tested to determine the type and concentration of iron, as well as the presence of other contaminants. This will guide the choice of treatment.
  • Evaluate Different Treatment Options: Based on the test results, consider appropriate treatment methods. For low levels of ferrous iron, a water softener might suffice. For higher levels or different types of iron, an iron filtration system or aeration might be necessary.
  • Consult with Experts: It’s often beneficial to consult with a water treatment professional who can provide advice tailored to your specific water quality and needs.
  • Consider Maintenance and Cost: Different systems have varying maintenance requirements and costs. Factor these into your decision to ensure the chosen system is sustainable for your situation.

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