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How to Use a Whole House Iron Filter Cartridge to Treat Rusty Residential Well Water

Iron is one of the most common elements in the Earth's crust, so it is no surprise it finds it way into many home well waters. The maximum contaminant level (MCL) for iron set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is 0.3 ppm. This can also be expressed as 0.3 milligrams per liter of water. In concentrations above 0.3 ppm, iron in water can cause staining of fixtures and porcelain, ruin laundry, and make the water taste terrible.Manganese is often found with iron in well water. A bittersweet astringent taste is detectable at concentrations above 0.5 ppm by many people. Manganese causes brown, black and/or tea-color staining, and can impart an asphalt-like or oily taste, above .05 ppm. Some of the same filters used for iron, are used for manganese removal.If the right sets of conditions are present, a whole house iron filter cartridge can be used in place of the standard backwashing iron filters. These iron filter cartridges cost less than a standard iron filter, but may cost more over a period ...

 


Basic Guide for the Home Plumber

It helps to have some metalworking experience. Take care when working with a blowtorch in loft spaces. Be aware that pipes take time to cool after exposure to the blowtorch flame. If you can undertake the basic work yourself, you save money and the inconvenience of waiting for a plumber. Basic plumbing repair needn't be a daunting task, all you need to get started are a few essential tools, a working knowledge of your system and an ability to identify problems. 2 - Preparation Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the layout of your plumbing - this will enable you to identify the cause of a problem and shut off the water for servicing. The simple skills required for basic plumbing are explained in this project. Step 2: Locate the stopcock on the rising main - the pipe that brings fresh water into your home. The stopcock controls the flow of water and is used to shut off the entire supply in an emergency. The stopcock may be found under the kitchen sink, beneath the stairs or in the cellar or basement. Step 3: Che...

 


How to Stop Copper Corrosion and Pinhole Leaks

According to some estimates, corrosion costs the United States more than $1 billion every year. Besides actual piping failure and pinhole leaks, copper corrosion leaves blue stains on sinks, tubs, fixtures, laundry and hair.Corrosion can also make the water unfit for drinking. Copper can be toxic and water containing levels over 1.0 mg/L should not be used for drinking. The main causes of copper corrosion are:Low pH (acid water less than 7.0) or high pH (alkaline water greater than 8.5) High levels of dissolved oxygenHigh levels of salts dissolved in the water (total dissolved solids)Corrosion-causing bacteria such as sulfate or iron bacteria Electrochemical causes, such as improper grounding of electrical appliances to the copper piping, and/or lightening strikes through utility poles grounding wiresHigh velocity of water, relative to size of piping, causing hydraulic wear on the piping, sometimes found in circulating hot water systems using pumpsSand, sediment or other grit in the water causing hydraulic ...

 




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