A water softener will greatly improve your water if you have iron, manganese or hard water minerals present in your water. The main hard water minerals found are magnesium and calcium, while iron and manganese (often referred to as “the stainers”) are also commonly found in Sherborn water. These minerals can be removed with a water softener and/or a properly specified sediment filter depending on whether the forms are particulate or in solution. A water test and analysis will chart a course of action.
Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task, from doing the laundry to washing dishes to taking a shower. Washing your hair in hard water may leave it feeling sticky and dull. Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can lower water pressure throughout the house. Clothing can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. Dishes and glasses get spotted and a film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets. Calcium and magnesium can have damaging affects on your home’s plumbing as well as your ability to clean, even though the EPA has no published limits on these. The EPA maximum allowable levels for iron and manganese as secondary contaminants are .3 parts and .05 parts per million, respectively, as secondary contaminants. Small amounts of these minerals can have very noticeable, even devastating affects on your home’s water quality. For more on hard water, see the link at Hard water.
The following chart which identifies hard water levels. Compare to your test results:
OTHER HARD WATER AFFECTS, IRON & MANGANESE
Scale from hard water can build-up inside water heaters insulating the temperature sensor inside the tank creating extra work to bring the temperature up to the set level. This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will likely require early replacement. Some other affects of these contaminants include corrosion and scaling inside pipes and major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks. For those using well water for outside lawn irrigation, iron and manganese can cause major staining of outside walkways, house siding and anyplace the water touches. See the link at http://lawn-irrigation/.
WHAT A WATER SOFTENER WILL CORRECT
A water softener is effective in removing dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hardness minerals. To remove particulate iron or manganese, water filtration utilizing a cartridge filter with proper micron rating will be effective. Selecting the appropriate micron rating and style of filter can be determined by a water treatment professional based on water test results and other symptoms. For more information on Iron and Manganese in water, see our published articles in Water Technology Magazines at the following link: http://publications.