Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aerator Tank Not Working For Sulfur Smell

I have a well system located in Fort Myers Florida  3 bedroom .  We have an aerator system but it does little to help.  There are no filters after the aereator. There is a bad sulfur rotten egg smell and its worst when we are gone and come back after 2 or 3 weeks.

My wife said it turns her jewelry black but no stains on clothes I would like to eliminate the aeration system and shallow well pump and just use the well pump also we have a water softener system .

Frustrated in Fort Myers Florida

Dear sir,

Depending on the water chemistry and size of the aeration tank and air compressor, aerator tanks alone will not effectively remove all odors.  Aeration combined with catalytic carbon backwash filter after the aeration tank can be quite effective however.

In some cases it is best to inject chlorine or hydrogen peroxide before the aeration tank and then filter with catalytic carbon after the tank to completely eliminate any trace of odors.  

Precision 24 Chlorination System
Precision 24 Chlorination system

Check out the diagram on how it works below:
chlorinator diagram

An alternative to the aeration tank is the Air-Charger Catalytic Carbon backwash filter. It is a self-contained sulfur filter which uses air injection directly in the filter to oxidize the sulfur out, and then passes the water through a mixed bed of filtration media specifically designed to remove odors from water.

This is an automatic backwashing system that rinses out the media once per week, but draws in new fresh air on a nightly basis in order to keep the media clean as well as maintain a head of air for the oxidation and off-gassing of odors.

Air Charge Sulfur Filter 5900– 1.5 CF Size
Air Charge Sulfur Filter 5900
Iron / Sulfur Air Filter Includes:
·        Eliminator Plus 115v control valve
  • ¾” pipe connectors with bypass valve
  • 1.5 Cubic foot of Centaur carbon filter media

  • Filter tank diameter: 10 inches
  • Height including control valve 61 inches

How the system works:  The AIO air filter maintains an “air pocket” in the top of the tank while the system is in service.  As water passes through the air pocket, iron and sulfur are oxidized.  The Nelsen AIO filter media bed then removes the oxidized iron and sulfur from the water.  Additionally, dissolved oxygen is added to the water.  By utilizing a patented piston in the control valve, the AIO Sulfur filter is able to put the whole oxidation process inside one tank, keeping maintenance costs and down time to a minimum.
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Carbon Filter 5900e 1.5 CF

    Carbon Filter 5900e 1.5 CF
  • Excellent for use in dechlorinating water and removing many tastes and odor
  • Removes chloramines with the optional Catalytic Carbon upgrad
  • Much longer life and higher flow rates than carbon filter cartridges
  • Unlike carbon cartridges which can trap sediment and dirt, these systems automatically backwash out trapped sediment, alleviating pressure drop
  • NSF certified, one piece, seamless polyester filter tank for long life

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