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“My Well is Producing Sand, Rust and Smells of Sulfur!”

A common question we often receive is
“My well is producing sand and rust color water. It smells of sulfur. What is the best way to solve this problem!? ”

A very effective method to remove iron, manganese, and odor from well water is by using an automatic chlorinator, followed by a Pro-OX iron filter.

To provide adequate time for the iron and odor to be treated, we recommend a small contact tank be used after the pressure tank as shown below.

Chlorination is a low cost and effective way to eliminate iron bacteria, odors along with iron and manganese from well water.

These systems are easy to install by any plumber or person familiar with basic plumbing and very easy to maintain yourself. The system is fully automatic, just add some chlorine bleach every few months to the solution tank, the system does the rest.

An optional carbon backwash filter can be used as a second barrier for very high levels of iron and odor, and to remove trace residues of the chlorine or peroxide.

The result is clean, disinfected, odor-free, iron-free water throughout the home with no noticeable effect on pressure or flow, and no filter cartridges to clean or change.

To deal with the sand, we recommend either a 60 mesh  spin down filter before the Pro-OX filter or better yet a SandMaster centrifugal sand separator right (which installs right before the pressure tank):

Note that large quantities of sand in well water can indicate serious problems with the well casing, and can cause damage to the pump, piping and valves.   It is often a good idea to consult with a well driller or well contractor to see if anything can be done to the well to solve this problem.



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