CT Basement Systems Radon Blog by Matthew A. Bednarz V.P.

ARSENIC,HARDNESS, IRON, MANGANESE, URANIUM,RADON... (Clone)

Posted by Matthew Bednarz on Tue, Mar, 15, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

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I typically try to focus our blog topics on content that can help people discern what to do when dealing with radon or water quality issues.  If you, or someone you know, is contemplating buying a home with water quality or radon issues...we can help.

My goal of this post is to give perspective of scale to the the problems some people face when dealing with radon and water quality issues...and hopefully make those of us who feel they have an insurmountable situation - better.

Radon in Air concentrations:  We successfully mitigated a home in Glastonbury, CT (new construction), with an indoor airborne radon concentration of 900 pCi/l

Radon in Water: We successfully mitigated a home in Ridgefield, CT with a waterborne radon concentration that spiked as high as 1.7 million pCi/l.

Contact us for Radon Testing  in Air & Water

Arsenic: We installed an absorbtive media treatment system to succesfully remove an arsenic level of 24 ug/l from a private well in Weston.

Bacteria: We've installed numerous Ultra Violet Light sterilization systems for E-coli and coliform bacteria problems throughout CT and Westchester County NY.

Coliform bacteria 

Chlorides: We installed a whole house reverse osmosis system to successfully remove a chloride level of 720 mg/l in a Stamford, CT home.

Hardness: We've installed water softeners to remove hardness concentrations as high as 48 grains per gallon.

Hard water comparison

Iron in water: We've installed numerous iron filtration systems throughout CT to remove iron concentrations as high as 26 mg/l.

Contact us about  Iron Removal

Manganese in well water: We've installed oxidation / filtration systems to remove manganese concentrations as high as 7.5 mg/l

Nitrate: We've installed reverse osmosis systems to remove nitrate levels as high as 16 mg/l

pH: We've adjusted low pH water from as low as 4.6 to neutral (7.0) with a chemical injection system.

ph chart

Tannins: While not commonly tested; tannins can be difficult to remove from water...we've seen levels as high as 5 mg/l...and successfully lowered them.

Uranium: We have successfully removed uranium concentrations as high as 1,600 ug/l.

Click Here to contact us for  Uranium Testing Today!

The point of referencing the aforementioned high concentration contaminant levels that we've fixed is not for bragging rights.  It's purpose is to illustrate that treatment options exists for any level of contaminant, no matter how severe.

Contaminant levels in both air and water can, and do, fluctuate.  I've seen many homeowners lulled into having a false sense of security because at some point, they performed one test that had favorable results, and never tested again...only to find out at some point that there is a problem. 

Drilling a new well, not buying a dream home, moving to another house, not occupying certain areas of a home, are all alternatives that will avoid having to deal with these situations.  But there's a better option.  We have the ability to solve most any radon or water quality issue to keep you and your family safe and protected in the home that you love.

 cozy home

 

Topics: radon in water, arsenic, hardness, radon in air concentrations, manganese in well water, iron in water

ARSENIC,HARDNESS, IRON, MANGANESE, URANIUM,RADON...

Posted by Matthew Bednarz on Mon, Aug, 31, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

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I typically try to focus our blog topics on content that can help people discern what to do when dealing with radon or water quality issues.  If you, or someone you know, is contemplating buying a home with water quality or radon issues...we can help.

My goal of this post is to give perspective of scale to the the problems some people face when dealing with radon and water quality issues...and hopefully make those of us who feel they have an insurmountable situation - better.

Radon in Air concentrations:  We successfully mitigated a home in Glastonbury, CT (new construction), with an indoor airborne radon concentration of 900 pCi/l

Radon in Water: We successfully mitigated a home in Ridgefield, CT with a waterborne radon concentration that spiked as high as 1.7 million pCi/l.

Contact us for Radon Testing  in Air & Water

Arsenic: We installed an absorbtive media treatment system to succesfully remove an arsenic level of 24 ug/l from a private well in Weston.

Bacteria: We've installed numerous Ultra Violet Light sterilization systems for E-coli and coliform bacteria problems throughout CT and Westchester County NY.

Coliform bacteria 

Chlorides: We installed a whole house reverse osmosis system to successfully remove a chloride level of 720 mg/l in a Stamford, CT home.

Hardness: We've installed water softeners to remove hardness concentrations as high as 48 grains per gallon.

Hard water comparison

Iron in water: We've installed numerous iron filtration systems throughout CT to remove iron concentrations as high as 26 mg/l.

Contact us about  Iron Removal

Manganese in well water: We've installed oxidation / filtration systems to remove manganese concentrations as high as 7.5 mg/l

Nitrate: We've installed reverse osmosis systems to remove nitrate levels as high as 16 mg/l

pH: We've adjusted low pH water from as low as 4.6 to neutral (7.0) with a chemical injection system.

ph chart

Tannins: While not commonly tested; tannins can be difficult to remove from water...we've seen levels as high as 5 mg/l...and successfully lowered them.

Uranium: We have successfully removed uranium concentrations as high as 1,600 ug/l.

Click Here to contact us for  Uranium Testing Today!

The point of referencing the aforementioned high concentration contaminant levels that we've fixed is not for bragging rights.  It's purpose is to illustrate that treatment options exists for any level of contaminant, no matter how severe.

Contaminant levels in both air and water can, and do, fluctuate.  I've seen many homeowners lulled into having a false sense of security because at some point, they performed one test that had favorable results, and never tested again...only to find out at some point that there is a problem. 

Drilling a new well, not buying a dream home, moving to another house, not occupying certain areas of a home, are all alternatives that will avoid having to deal with these situations.  But there's a better option.  We have the ability to solve most any radon or water quality issue to keep you and your family safe and protected in the home that you love.

 cozy home

 

Topics: radon in water, arsenic, hardness, radon in air concentrations, manganese in well water, iron in water

Manganese in well water

Posted by Matthew Bednarz on Thu, Dec, 04, 2014 @ 11:12 AM
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Manganese in well water is oftentimes mistaken for iron.  It is not uncommon to find an elevated level of manganese in conjunction with an objectionable level of iron in the same water supply.  Although possible, it is not common to find an elevated level of manganese by itself in a private well water supply.
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While iron will leave yellow to reddish and brown stains on fixtures; manganese in well water will typically leave a brown to black stain on fixtures.  Manganese in water can also emit a foul smell.  When present in levels exceeding the .05 mg/l limit, manganese can make the water unpalateable.
Manganese is most often found in a "dissolved" state (manganous), which is clear water manganese.  When oxidation is added via chemical or physical means; the water turns color and the oxidized manganese is (manganic). 
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Manganese and iron are the two "stainers" that we typically find in New England well water.  Both have positive charges and are heavy metals. Manganese and iron are governed by EPA secondary water quality standards...which means the standards are based on aesthetic impact and are not health related.  Both leave stains and both can induce an odor in the water supply they're present in.  Manganese removal from water is accomplished by much of the same processess utilized to remove iron from water.
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Despite the many similarities between iron and manganese; manganese in well water can be more difficult to remove when compared with iron.  It takes significantly less manganese (.05 mg/l) presence in a water supply to cause problems with staining of fixtures and odor in comparison to iron (.3 mg/l).
 Manganese removal typically requires a significantly higher pH to be efficiently precipitated out of water as compared to iron.  This can potentially translate into more complicated or elaborate treatment schemes such as a
chlorination / filtration system. 
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Yet; as is the case with much of water treatment, it depends on the particular water well source to be treated. When the water is acidic, water softeners can prove to be a viable treatment option for manganese since it (manganese) carries a positive charge similar to typical hardness ions in well water.  However; more often than not; effective manganese removal will usually involve some form of oxidation (chemical or physical), followed
 by filtration.  Chemical oxidation is usually done with chlorine or hydrogen peroxide injection.  Physical oxidation is done with air and is oftentimes      accompanied with some form of agitation.
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It is critical to ensure maganese in water levels are within acceptable limits when considering the installation of a reverse osmosis system, ultra violet light, or any other final stage "polisher" filter product.  This is because excess amounts of manganese will quickly foul membranes and carbon filters, or coat UV quartz tubes, requiring them to be replaced prematurely...which increases overall cost per gallon of treated water produced. 



Topics: manganese removal, manganese in well water, brown to black stain