Dealing with iron bacteria stricken water softener, advice?
I R B = iron reducing/related bacteria.
From the name alone it says IRB eats iron, no? And most things that run out of food die right? Right. IRB doesn't need iron... wrong.
As the colony increases in size, they eat themselves out of their food source and the colony collapses. The iron content of the water will fall while the colony is growing and then increase as the colony dies off, that is one cause of fluctuating iron in well water.
The BARTS tests prove IRB eat iron, it's why 70% is it of the Titanic is gone. And that's where IRB was identified, and made the guy that proved his theory that there was an iron eatig bacteria, a very wealthy man. That was about 20 years ago, right after the Titanic was found.
Pellet droppers done right are not the problem most guys gossip about, and most guys that are against them and gossip about them, have never sold one. I've sold a small number of them over the last 15 years and they work very well IF you can and will pay atention to detail and get it right. They require fine tuning after installation, but once tuned properly, they use very little chlorine and so far I've not heard of any problems from any of my customers.