Acid Neutralizers and Iron Filters: The Two-Step Process for Iron-Free Water

When it comes to the quality of your home's water, pH and iron content are among two of the most crucial factors to consider. In order to effectively remove iron from your water supply, your water's pH level needs to be between 7-8, which is not possible with acidic water. In this article we're going to explain how a combination of acid neutralization to balance your water's pH and iron filtration to remove iron is the ideal way to resolve these issues your home may be facing.

Two Distinct Issues: Acidic Water and Iron

Acidic water and iron in your water supply are two separate problems that can cause significant issues in your household. Both can affect your home and your health in different ways.

Problems Caused by Acidic Water:

  • Corrosion: Acidic water can corrode pipes and fixtures, leading to leaks and plumbing damage.
  • Contaminants: The corrosion can leach heavy metals, such as copper and lead, from your plumbing into your water supply.
  • Shortened Appliance Life: Appliances like dishwashers and water heaters can suffer from the corrosive effects of acidic water, reducing their lifespan.
  • Taste: Acidic water can sometimes have a sour taste, making it unpleasant to drink.

Problems Caused by Iron in Your Water:

  • Stains: Iron can cause stubborn, rusty stains on fixtures, laundry, and even your dishes.
  • Metallic Taste: High iron content can give your water a metallic taste, affecting both drinking water and cooking.
  • Appliance Damage: Iron can build up in appliances, reducing their efficiency and lifespan.
  • Health Concerns: While iron is a necessary mineral, too much in your water can have negative health effects.

The Perfect Pairing: Acid Neutralization and Iron Filtration

The Fleck 2510SXT backwashing acid neutralizer is ideal for pairing with an iron filtration system, with our most recommended one being the Fleck 2510AIO Katalox Light Advanced Iron Filter. This combination is necessary because an iron filter's media will not work effectively on acidic water. The 2510SXT neutralizes the water, creating the right pH environment for the iron filter to do its job.


Understanding the importance of pH balance in your water is crucial for effective iron removal. By pairing the backwashing acid neutralizer with an iron filtration system, you can effectively neutralize your water and remove iron in one fell swoop. If you're interested in a deep dive into the world of acid neutralization and iron filtration, check out our complete guides to Acid Neutralization and Iron Filtration.

We're Here To Help You

Don't hesitate to look to us for professional assistance. Our experts at Mid Atlantic Water have been helping customers make the right choice for their home's water problems for nearly 30 years. If you have any questions about iron filters or any other water filtration systems, we're here to help. Contact us however you'd like:

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