The Fontus Guide to Hard Water, Iron, and Manganese
Many Maine homes deal with hard water and/or the presence of iron and manganese in the drinking water. If you have one of these issues and want to learn more, you’ve come to the right place.
All about hard water
Hard water is caused by an overabundance of naturally-occurring minerals, usually calcium and magnesium, and is a common problem for Maine homes that source water from wells along with city water. The good news, however, is that hard water does not cause health problems—aesthetic problems yes, but health problems no.
What happens with hard water? In homes with hard water, soap doesn’t lather particularly well. You may notice white spots on your faucets, a cloudy film on your coffeemaker carafe, and even laundry that doesn’t smell as fresh as it should. After a shower or washing your hands, your skin may feel tight and dry.
While these are annoyances, more worrisome is that hard water tends to form deposits called “scale” that can clog pipes and plumbing, restricting the flow of water. In boilers and water heaters, those deposits can reduce the efficiency of your heating system. Not a great thing when you live in the Northeast.
What can be done if I have hard water? Hard water is easily remedied with ion exchange water softeners, oxidation and filtration, or sequestration, depending on the level of hardness.
All about iron and manganese in water
Iron and manganese occur naturally in soil, rocks, and even plants. Their presence in drinking water is not a problem unless they appear at an excessive level.
When that happens, water may become discolored and rusty-brown stains or black specs may appear on fixtures and laundry. Excess amounts may also affect the taste of beverages and can build up deposits in pipes, plumbing, and hot water tanks.
The good news is that iron and manganese can be removed from water by any one of a number of methods.
Schedule a free water test
If your water tastes funny or doesn’t look as clear as it should, contact Fontus for a free water test. We’ll test your water supply and walk you through the results. We’ll even send a second test to the Maine State Laboratory to confirm our findings.
The Fontus Triple Test Promise
We want all our customers to feel 100% satisfied with our systems, so we’ve created the Fontus Triple Test Promise.
We’ll test your home or business water supply for aesthetic issues, including hardness, iron, pH, etc. using an immediate-response test and make sure you understand all findings.
If needed, we’ll also send a water sample to the Maine State Certified Laboratory to confirm any findings and test for bacteria, viruses, and hazardous chemicals.
After your new system is in place, we’ll test your water supply again to make sure your problem is solved. It’s our way of helping you feel confident that your drinking water is safe and clean.