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Using a Water Softener as an Iron Filter:

You should virtually NEVER use a water softener as an iron filter and you should be very wary of anyone who suggests you do such a thing. Iron causes damage to a water softener's mineral bed and makes water softeners use a lot more salt. Eventually running measurable amounts of iron to a water softener will certainly result in expensive service calls. In home sales companies often do this to generate ongoing income from unsuspecting consumers. If you have an iron problem you should use an iron filter to remove that iron. If the water is very hard you can add a water softener which will then be highly efficient as it only has to do one job which is remove hardness. That is what a water softener is for. Using this method our average customer says they add salt about once per year when the water softener is properly applied. People who use water softeners as iron filters may find that absolutely amazing as they are usually using MASSIVE amounts of salt. And usually the person who told them to do such a foolish thing is selling them the salt! 

The majority of people we see who have been sold a water softener as an iron filter never needed a softener to begin with, or the unnecessary maintenance and expense of adding massive amounts of salt and ongoing service issues. A lot of iron in the water often makes it act like the water is really hard when that is not always the case. Not to mention we have iron filters that require virtually no maintenance and require no salt or chemical additives. And the water will be great to drink without adding reverse osmosis like you would have to do with a water softener.

Water softeners use ionic exchange to remove hardness. A proper iron filter uses filtration to remove iron. The best type of iron filtration is to use an "oxidizing" filter for iron removal such as our Terminox™ ISM filter. Our "Terminox™" iron filters remove iron, sulfur, manganese, dirt, turbidity, smells, tastes and even harsh chemicals such as chlorine. They use no salt or chemicals and are virtually maintenance free. Just set it and forget it. You can find them on this page:


Also remember you should not drink the water from a water softener as a rule. You should either drink bottled water or add reverse osmosis ($199.87) to the kitchen sink for all of your cooking and drinking water. You can also connect up to two additional water using appliances, including refrigerators, freezers and ice makers to a single reverse osmosis unit when properly applied.


WARNING: When it comes to treatment equipment you should NEVER do business with ANY company who does not have the same certifications as we do. It is just plain crazy. There are so many "Fly by night" companies out there that it should be the very FIRST rule in your decision making process. It is your first, and sometimes ONLY, line of defense. Just look at our home page to see our many appropriate certifications. You will find them all in the top third of the page.

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We carry water treatment equipment and water filter sizes ranging to 1,200,000 grain water softeners and water conditioners, as well as virtually every other type of water treatment system or water filter available for city water or private well water systems. Larger commercial water treatment systems are available too. If it exists and it works, we have the finest water treatment technology. We build every unit we sell to order, from scratch. Unlike most other in-home and online companies who have them in a warehouse collecting dust and going out of date sometimes for years at a time. Every unit we sell is made from the very latest, up to date, state of the art technology. We are the industry leaders for analyzing and recommending the following water filtration systems: Water softeners, iron filters, sulfur filter systems, acid neutralizers, manganese filtration filters, bacteria removal, tannin removal, smell and odor treatment systems, water conditioners, rust filters and virtually all types of well water treatment and purification systems. If it exists and it works we have it or can build it. Premium Quality Equipment at Budget Prices, 7 days a week Budget Water® USA.
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*We manufacture most of our equipment from scratch. We use only premium national name brand components on all equipment that we sell. The same people that make equipment for many other national PREMIUM brand companies make them for us as well. The top two control valve makers are Fleck® and Autotrol™ we carry both types and many of the other top brands as well.

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