Whole Home Iron/Sulfur Breaker Filter System


An IBSB is a chemical free system for the removal/reduction of sulfur gas, iron, and manganese, and turbidity. The IBSB uses all natural Zeolite Filter Media as well as an Oxygen “bubble” to effectively oxidize iron and sulfur into a precipitate where it can be filtered out into the media bed where it deposits until an automatic backwash occurs.

An Iron Breaker water softener is a type of water treatment system designed to remove iron from water. Iron in water can cause staining of fixtures and clothing, as well as affect the taste and odor of water. Iron Breaker water softeners use a combination of ion exchange and oxidation processes to remove iron from water, providing cleaner and clearer water for household use.

An Iron Breaker water system is specifically designed to remove iron from water, while a general water filter may not be specifically designed for this purpose and leave harmful traces of iron behind. A general water filter may remove other contaminants such as chlorine or sediment, but may not effectively address high levels of iron in the water. An Iron Breaker system is best for households with high levels of iron in their water.

How do you know you need an IBSB filter system? Look for signs of high iron level in your water: visible staining of fixtures, appliances, or clothing with a red or orange color; metallic tastes or odors. Water testing from our local water company can also help you assess, as can an inspection from our plumber on staff. 

What are the Benefits of Using an Iron Breaker Water Softener?

An Iron Breaker water system can provide many benefits for households with high levels of iron in their water. These include overall improved water quality, including taste, odor, and appearance. Your water will be cleaner and clearer for household use. You’ll see reduced staining, of both your fixtures and clothes. Plus, appliances and plumbing last longer.


Did you know iron causes corrosion and that is why appliances often fail before their expected life span? In general, iron diminishes the quality of fixtures, soap, and overall cleanliness. This is why homes with an iron breaker water system have an increased value. If you’re noticing stained clothes, dishes, or failing pipes, iron in water could be the culprit.


Get benefits from a National Water Iron Breaker Water System:
  • Cleaner water
  • Odor-free
  • No more “rotten egg” smell
  • Removal of sulfur from water
  • Improved cleanliness and use of soap
  • No more tub or sink stains
  • Extended lifespan of all appliances and pipes
  • Improved water heater performance
  • Reduce frequency of appliance or pipe repairs

At National Water Service we only install the best non-proprietary equipment on the market. This allows customers flexibility in their water treatment choices both for installation & service.

Contact National Water Service to learn more about Iron Breaker Sulfur Breakers and why in-home water treatment is the consumer friendly answer to your water wants and needs!

If you are experiencing additional issues with your water, please visit our Water Quality Page.

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iron breaker water softener FAQ

The frequency of backwashing an iron filter depends on several factors, including the level of iron in the water, the size of the filter, and the amount of water usage. As a general rule, most iron filters need to be backwashed once every 1 to 4 weeks. However, it’s recommended to check the pressure gauge regularly and backwash the filter when it indicates a drop in pressure. Regular backwashing ensures that the filter is functioning properly and effectively removing iron from the water.

The cost of an Iron Breaker water softener can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the system, the level of iron in the water, the type of technology used, and the brand. On average, a basic iron breaker system can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000, with higher-end systems costing upwards of $10,000. It’s best to get a quote from a licensed plumber or water treatment professional to get an accurate estimate for your specific needs and location. Keep in mind that the cost of an iron breaker may be offset by the benefits it provides, such as improved water quality, reduced staining and prolonging the life of appliances and plumbing fixtures.

The lifespan of an iron filter depends on several factors, including the quality of the filter, the level of iron in the water, the frequency of use, and the level of maintenance. On average, a well-maintained iron filter can last between 5 to 10 years. However, the lifespan of an iron filter can be extended by following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and regularly backwashing the filter to remove iron buildup. To ensure the best performance and longevity of an iron filter, it’s important to have it regularly inspected and serviced by a licensed plumber or water treatment professional.