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Choosing a Calcite Water Neutralizer for Acid Well Water

neuutralizer filter A Calcite Water Neutralizer Can Treat Acid Waters From pH 5.0 up to pH 6.9. A calcite water neutralizer will work best for treating acid well water if the pH of the water is between 5 and 6.9.  Over 6.9 no neutralizer is needed. For pH levels below 5.0, we generally recommend a chemical feed […]
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Top 9 Causes of Copper Corrosion in Home Piping Systems

copper pipe corrosion Copper corrosion in home plumbing systems is a common phenomenon, which can have many causes. Besides actual piping failure, the telltale blue stains the oxidized copper leaves on sinks, tubs, and fixtures can identify copper corrosion. Often laundry and even blonde hair can be tinted blue. Copper can be toxic, and water-containing levels over 1.0 mg/L should not be used for drinking. If there are iron pipes present, the water can be colored rust or reddish and contain metallic or sulfur odors and sediment. Corrosion can cause the piping to fail, in some cases in less than 10 years. Learn how to deal with copper contamination.
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No Room for a Chlorinator? Use This Alternative Method to Eliminate Iron Bacteria

Iron bacteria thrive in water containing high levels of iron, and can accumulate in appliances and plumbing to create sludge, biofilm, and foul odors in water. Chlorine, ozone, or peroxide can kill bacteria and inhibit its recurrence when continually injected into water supplies, however, continuous injection systems require a bit of available space for installation and […]
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Water Tests for Well Water

There are many water tests for well water available for homeowners. While relying on a private well can offer some great advantages – namely, the ability to completely control the quality and composition of your water – most well water users can attest that it comes with its own share of disadvantages as well. While […]
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Adding Filter Media to Downflow (Backwashing) Neutralizers

adding Filter Media Earlier this week a customer wrote to us with a question about adding more calcite media to his neutralizer.  A simple question, really, but with a potentially complicated answer, depending on the  neutralizer in question. The process of adding filter media to a neutralizer tank may differ a bit depending on what type of tank […]
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Neutralizing Rainwater with a Calcite Blend Neutralizer

While most of the letters we receive come from well and city water users, we occasionally get letters from people who use rainwater as a primary water source at home.  If you are one of our rainwater-harvesting customers, you may have noticed that rainwater tends to have a low pH when first collected.  Often, this […]
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What Are the Potential Problems with Using a Calcite Only Acid Neutralizer?

Yesterday we talked a little bit about neutralizing water without a calcite neutralizer. As we mentioned, this can be done fairly effectively with a Birm blend iron filter – that is, an iron filter filled with a mix of gravel, calcite, and Birm filter media. However, for best results we recommend using a standalone calcite […]
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Using Air charger iron filters to filter water

Air charger iron filter In our last blog post we discussed the difference between air charger iron filter and Maxi-Vent air compressor systems.  Today we got a letter from a customer who was experiencing acidic water with high levels of iron.  For solving both problems with one system, we recommended he use a Birm blend iron filter with either […]
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How to configure a Neutralizer into your water treatment system

If you use multiple treatment systems for your well or city water, you have probably wondered whether their order of installation affects the final quality of your treated water.  The answer is yes, the order of your treatment systems can be a factor in determining the effectiveness of your systems.  One customer using an iron […]
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Get More Life Out of Filter Media With Proper Pre-Treatment

One customer recently reported that his Greensand filter media was not lasting as long as it should, and required a lot of potassium permanganate to keep up regular operation.  He also mentioned that he was experiencing acidic water along with iron and odors.  These problems are not unrelated. Iron is often found in acidic groundwater […]
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