Does a Water Softener Remove Iron?

Water Softeners and Iron – Jacksonville’s Leading Water Softener Experts

Water softeners can and do remove small amounts of iron, but a standard softener is not specifically designed to treat high levels of iron in your well water.Whether or not your home is using well water, if you have high iron water you’re probably tired of dealing with all of the issues caused by iron. Discolored tap water and persistent staining are two of the most common reasons we are contacted about high iron water – iron bacteria is another. In this post we’ll discuss whether water softeners can remove iron, and what may be required to help ensure your water is right for your family.

Will a Water Softener Remove The Iron in Your Water?

Water softeners can and do remove small amounts of iron from your water. But it only takes a very small amount of iron to cause issues – as little as 0.3 parts per million (ppm) – which is equivalent to iron the size of a grain of sand dissolved in a liter of water. While many standard water softeners can remove iron in concentrations up to 1 ppm, they are not designed to treat high amounts of iron.

Water Treatment For High Iron Water

There are two types of iron in water – ferric iron and ferrous iron. Ferric iron, often referred to as “red water iron”, is insoluble and can be seen with the naked eye. Ferris iron is soluble, completely dissolved in water and is called “clear water iron”. Ferric iron particulates can be filtered out with the right media. Dissolved iron requires oxidation to change its state from dissolved to particulate in order for it to be removed.

If you already own an effective water softener, you may be able to add a filter. All Florida Soft Water has the most effective iron filtration system on the market to treat dissolved iron and other contaminants. The Ion Pro® smart water filter includes a unique air chamber that the water passes through first to cause the oxidation of dissolved iron, then the newly formed particles are able to filtered.


A water softener can definitely help with your high iron water, especially homes with well water. The water softeners we provide are definitely equivalent to the best available on the market today, and our unbeatable prices – often times we are thousands of dollars less than our competitors – are one of the main reasons we have won the Top Sales and Top Dealer award 2 years in a row. Give the professionals at All Florida Soft Water a call today at 904-287-0003 or send a message through our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you within 1 business day.

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