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- By James Wisler
First of all, what is problem water? With municipal water sources, problem water usually means it has excessively high mineral content (hard water). With well water, it tends to have high amounts of iron bacteria or low pH. It will have a bad smell, cause staining, and be corrosive enough to cause damage to the plumbing system.
At Wisler Plumbing, we use a patented product called Evolve to treat problem water. It works by killing the nuisance iron bacteria that create the bad smell. Other treatment systems accumulate bacteria within the mineral encasement, requiring sanitization. Evolve sanitizes itself by producing a chlorine gas.
Years ago, iron in problem water was oxidized by using one of several treatment options: chlorine, oxygen, and pressurized oxygen. Since chlorine is a chemical, introducing it into the system will end up making the iron sticky, and the chlorine residue must somehow be removed. This is why oxygen treatment is currently by far the best way to oxidize the iron. Placing an air device in the line before the air filter effectively sprinkles the water down a pressurized chamber (this causes oxidation of the iron). The water then goes directly into the filtration media. This technology is much cleaner and way more efficient than the alternatives. It results in no stopped up pipes and requires very little maintenance.
Excessive bacteria in the water supply can be a scary issue to deal with. An option to combat this problem is to utilize UV lights to kill the bacteria. UV effectively prevents the bacteria from reproducing, ultimately destroying up to 98% of the bacteria in the water. It is very low maintenance, and an option we highly recommend when dealing with excessive bacteria in the water system.
If you are a homeowner unsure of whether you need to make the investment of this kind of treatment system, we will begin with an extensive analysis of your home’s water supply. Once we have an understanding of any water issues, we can make an informed proposal of what equipment would best fit your needs. This could range anywhere from a sanitizer, air filter, or a range of other solutions. We also may have the ability to use a single highly efficient unit instead of installing several different units.
Having combination equipment is more efficient and cost effective. We have units made by Evolve that do pH correction, iron removal, hardness removal, and manganese removal all in a single unit. Instead of having multiple single-purpose units spread across the utility room, you can minimize space and cost with one of the combination units.
If you have problem water and would like to find out how it can be treated effectively and affordably, give us a call at (540) 352-4262 or contact us here.