Iron Filters

Well Water Systems

Iron Problems

An iron problem is characterized by the red-brown staining of bathroom fixtures and laundry. In well water, iron usually occurs in its ferrous state. The water is clear when drawn but once exposed to air the iron changes into a ferric (oxidized) state. The water turns red and forms insoluble “rust” particles. Staining can be caused by as little as 0.3 milligrams per litre (mg/L). Depending on the iron concentration there are several solutions to this aggravating water problem.

How do I size a iron Filter

A. Iron filters need 5 gallons per minute minimum to backwash properly, the larger the iron filter and the type of media being used dictates what is needed. Some iron filter can take up to 20 GPM to backwash. If you install a iron filter that can’t be backwashed properly the media well get fouled and the system will not perform as it should. If you do not know what your well pump will produce then the first thing you need to do is run a simple test on your well pump to get an approximate gallon per minute.

This is how you do the test:

  1. Get a 5 gallon bucket, a hose, and a watch with a second hand.
  2.  Hook the hose up from the nearest hose bib to the well or pressure tank before any filters. Note: If you have a cartridge filter inline before the faucet remove the cartridge from it.
  3. Make sure there is no water running anywhere. Turn hose bib on all the way. As soon as the well pump turns on start filling the bucket and time how long it takes to fill it up.
  4. Write the information down and come back to this page. (Bookmark this page )

Remember that the size of the home and the amount of bathrooms come second when sizing a iron filter. This is due to your well pump ability. You can only use what your pump will give you. Example: If you have three showers running at the same time you need 7.5 gpm to operate them all and still have good pressure. If your well pump only gives you 6 gpm you will not be able to operate all those shower heads at the same time and have good pressure. So if your well pump does 6 gpm you are limited to a iron filter that requires less then 6 gpm to backwash. Most iron filters that fit this criteria have flow rates of 4 to 7 GPM

Compare top rated Iron filters

#1.  SoftPro® Elite Backwashing Katalox Iron Filters

   Starting at $900.00

*Removes high levels of Iron, Manganese, Hydrogen Sulfide*

  1. iron up to 10ppm
  2. removes Manganese up to7ppm
  3.  removes hydrogen sulfide up to 5ppm
  4. Media life averages 8-10 years before replacement is needed.

Backwash rate needed: 5 GPM | SoftPro® Elite High Flow Iron and Sulfur Backwashing Katalox Filter 1.0 Cubic Foot Service Flow Rate: 4 GPM, Peak flow rate 6 GPM.

Backwash rated needed: 7 GPM | SoftPro® Elite High Flow Iron and Sulfur Backwashing Katalox Filter 1.5 Cubic Foot. Service flow rate : 7 GPM, Peak flow rate 9 GPM

Backwash rate needed : 10 GPM | SoftPro® Elite High Flow Iron and Sulfur Backwashing Katalox Filter 2.0 Cubic Foot. Service flow rate: 10 GPM, Peal flow rate: 12 GPM

 #2. SoftPro® Elite Ironmaster

  Starting at $985.00

*Removes high levels of Iron, Manganese, Hydrogen Sulfide*

  1.  iron up to 50 ppm = highest iron removal capability of any iron filter system on the market. 
  2.  removes Manganese up to 7ppm
  3.  removes hydrogen sulfide up to 5ppm
  4. Media life averages 8-10 years before replacement is needed.

Backwash rated needed: 7 GPM |SoftPro® Elite Ironmaster 1.5 cubic foot. Service flow rate : 7 GPM, Peak flow rate 9 GPM

 

#3 Greensand Iron Filters.

  Starting at $708.00

 

Iron, Sulfur, & Manganese Removal | Fleck.  Greensand has a thin coating of manganese oxide in conjunction with Potassium permanganate to oxidize iron, sulfur, & manganese for better removal. This system has low flow rate abilities in comparison to other systems offered and requires a oxidizer to oxidize iron, sulfur and mangansese so the greensand media can remove it. This system was one of the original iron filters on the market dating back to the early 1970’s

#4 Birm Filters

Starting at $479.85



Iron Filter. Birm iron filters | Remove iron and manganese up to 5 ppm oxidized iron and 1 ppm manganese. Does not remove sulfur.

* Note this product is not available to CA residents due to California regulations on the Birm, please contact Quality Water Treatment Inc for a different system.

Advantages: 

  • No chemicals to purchase for maintenance. Regeneration not required.
  • Iron removal efficiency is extremely high.
  • Negligible labor cost: only periodicbackwashing required.
  • Durable material with a long life and wide temperature range.

 

#5 Terminator Air injection Iron Filter | Remove Iron And Sulfur No Chemicals

Starting at $945.00

Terminator Eliminate iron, sulfur and turbidity without the use of expensive chemicals with The Terminator. The Terminator can correct rusty water stains and rotten egg odors through its filtration system. Periodic back washing is all that is required to keep The Terminator working at peak performance. Terminator systems are not recommended for water systems using a jet pump.

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