The Iron Max Plus series is our best answer for some of the biggest problems in well water today, including insanely high iron, manganese, iron bacteria, and sulfur bacteria. This series takes our renown Iron Max filter and gives it the ultimate boost with our chemical injection system. With these two systems combined, we're able to treat a wider range of contaminants than a standard iron filtration system can. We know adding chemicals to your water is undesirable by most of our residential well users, so a free carbon filter comes standard with the Iron Max Plus to remove any residual chemicals including chlorine and hydrogen peroxide, leaving you with clean, crystal clear well water.
Our highest recommended chemical for oxidation is chlorine. Liquid chlorine, when added to any water source, will work to oxidize and kill everything it can, including iron, manganese, sulfur, tannins, and some bacteria. After oxidizing and killing what it can there will only be a residual amount of chlorine left, telling us that the chlorine has done it's job. Municipal water treatment plants commonly use chlorine as their disinfectant of choice which is why most city-treated water sources can taste or smell like chlorine from the tap. In well water applications, chlorine is our choice of oxidant to effectively treat a large list of contaminants with one convenient system. The key to proper chlorine oxidation is contact time, where the chemical can make contact with the oxidizable matter long enough to react with and neutralize it. Once these contaminants are neutralized, they are easily removed by water filtration equipment.
Our Iron Max Plus series can be used with simple household bleach which is readily available and affordable. An alternative to using bleach/chlorine is hydrogen peroxide, which works similarly to chlorine in oxidation.
What can the Iron Max Plus do?
The Iron Max Plus is designed to treat the three types of ground water iron: ferrous, ferric, and organic, as well as high concentrations of manganese (Mn), hydrogen sulfide odors (H2S), sulfur reducing bacteria, and tannins. Ferrous and ferric iron is very common in well water and can easily be removed without the use of oxidizers or chemicals. Organic iron, also known as iron bacteria, and sulfur reducing bacteria are two less common contaminants that cannot be treated with typical filtration and require an oxidizing agent to effectively remove them from your water. Note these bacteria are not health hazards like E. Coli or Total Coliform, which are best treated by ultraviolet light disinfection. These bacteria are minor nuisances that may cause foul odor, staining, and slime build up in plumbing and fixtures.
How does the Iron Max Plus work?
The first and most important part of the Iron Max Plus is the chemical injection system, which is plumbed right after your well and before your pressure tank. This system includes a small injection pump that is mounted above the 40 gallon solution tank with a pickup tube submerged into the tank. The solution tank is filled with a mixture of water and chlorine or peroxide for oxidizing iron and sulfur bacteria. The injection pump is plugged into a dedicated outlet for your well pump switch or wired directly to your well pump switch so that it is only activated when the well pump is activated. When water from your existing bladder tank is depleted and the pressure drops, the well pump and injection pump are activated to refill the tank. The injection pump feeds the proper amount of solution into the flowing stream of water with the use of an injector fitting installed before the pressure tank.
The solution mixture thoroughly mixes into your well water and fills your pressure tank with the appropriate concentration of chlorine or peroxide to oxidize iron, iron bacteria, manganese, sulfur gas & bacteria, and tannins. Your existing pressure tank serves as a contact tank to ensure efficient contact time with these contaminants, which eliminates the need for another piece of equipment! When there is a demand for water, treated water from your pressure tank will then enter the Iron Max system plumbed right after your bladder tank, effectively removing the oxidized contaminants. Our free post carbon filter is installed after the Iron Max to remove any residual chlorine left in your water, so you don't even know it was there!
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What exactly does the Iron Max Plus system remove?
The Iron Max Plus uses chlorine or peroxide to oxidize high levels of iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide gas odors, tannins, and iron and sulfur bacteria. After oxidation, the Iron Max filters out high levels of Ferrous and Ferric Iron up to 30ppm (mg/L), Manganese up to 3ppm (mg/L), Hydrogen Sulfide Gas up to 7ppm (mg/L), Tannins up to 5 ppm (mg/L), as well as the oxidized iron and sulfur bacteria. The addition of an oxidizer such as our chemical injection system enhances the Iron Max's filtration performance, which leads the Iron Max Plus package to be a very effective well water treatment system. After the Iron Max the included post carbon filter can be added to remove the residual chemicals for improved taste and odor.
Is there any routine maintenance involved with the Iron Max Plus?
The only maintenance involved with this system is occasionally refilling the solution tank and replacing the carbon cartridge, typically every 9-12 months depending on water usage. The specialized Iron Max filtration media will need to be exchanged approximately every 8 to 10 years depending on water chemistry and usage. This is easily accomplished with the use of a wet & dry vacuum which you use to vacuum out the old filtration media from the top of the filter and then you fill the tank with a fresh bed of media.
Chlorine Injection Advantages:
Using chlorine is affordable and is readily available at most stores. Including grocery and hardware stores. Chlorine can effectively oxidize very high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas odors, iron, manganese, off-color, tannins, sulfur reducing bacteria and iron bacteria. The RainDance Iron Max Plus Series with chlorine injection has been treating well water worldwide without issue! Overall, chlorine water treatment systems are ideal for homes with more severe problems with water quality.
Chlorine Injection Cons
The biggest concern we hear from our customers is that they will have chlorine or chemicals still left in their water. Most of the chlorine is used up in the oxidation process. However, there may be some residual chlorine left in the water, there’s no need to worry: the chlorine is filtered out by our post de-chlorination system included with the Iron Max Plus Package prior to being delivered to your tap.
Hydrogen Peroxide Injection Advantages:
Hydrogen peroxide injection systems tend to work more quickly oxidizing hydrogen sulfide and iron, so a separate contact tank is often not necessary. Furthermore, hydrogen peroxide water treatment systems don’t create an unwanted byproduct in the course of their purification process, unlike some other systems. The peroxide breaks down into particles of oxygen and water to leave your water looking great and smelling fresh
Hydrogen Peroxide Injection Cons
Unlike chlorine - 7% hydrogen peroxide is not readily available at stores and can cost 2-3 times more that chlorine. In our experience hydrogen peroxide does not perform well with severe water quality issues. For example, we recently had a customer with 13ppm of iron, .8ppm manganese, 1ppm tannins, iron bacteria and hydrogen sulfide gas they used hydrogen peroxide for 6 months and never had clean clear water - we had them switch to chlorine and they immediately had clean water.
We offer both hydrogen peroxide and chlorine injection for water purification systems. Contact us today to fix your problem well water.