Are Iron Stains Making You See Red?

It can be very frustrating to take the time to ensure that your home is clean and tidy, only to find that your fixtures are marked with red or orange stains. The culprit behind these unpleasant aesthetic effects is iron dissolved in your tap water, and it is a very common issue throughout the U.S. Fortunately, there are domestic water treatment solutions that can remove this iron and protect your home from any unsightly stains.

Why You Have Iron in Your Water:Are Iron Stains Making You See Red?

Iron is an element that is naturally occurring and one of the most abundant materials in the world. It is found in the soil, lakes, rivers, and aquifers. Since these aquifers, lakes, and rivers are the primary sources for city water companies to draw their supplies, it is inevitable that your tap water will contain some levels of iron. It is also possible that iron could be entering your water from the pipes are they are corroded. This means that even if your municipal facility is excellent at removing water impurities, you may still have iron in the water coming out of your fixtures.

The Effects of Dissolved Iron In Your Water:

Although Iron is considered to be an essential trace element for human health and wellbeing, it is not that beneficial for your home. The levels of iron typically found in water supplies, it not likely to cause any serious medical issues, but it can cause problems around your home. One of the most frequent complaints is iron staining. You may notice red, brown or orange stains on your shower, sink, bathtub or other plumbing fixtures. These stains can be difficult to remove and can also affect dishes, laundry, and countertops. Iron can also create a metallic taste in your water that can affect the meals and drinks you prepare.

A less obvious, but equally serious issue with dissolved iron is that it can contribute to scale accumulation inside your pipes and water using appliances. Scale can also impact the energy efficiency of your appliances and water flow inside pipes, which can create repair issues and compromise lifespan.

What Can Be Done?

There are a number of domestic water treatment devices and systems that are designed to tackle dissolved iron in your water supply. Traditional ion exchange, salt based water softeners can provide an elimination method for ferrous iron. Unfortunately, iron can plug up the resin media, so a standalone softener is not considered the most effective treatment method. A better option is a whole house iron filtration system. This type of filter can be used to eliminate traces of iron from your water and can also be tailored to remove certain other water contaminants including manganese and hydrogen sulfide.

If iron stains are making you see red, you should speak to a water treatment professional. An experienced, fully WQA certified technician can guide you through the range of treatment options that are best suited to your particular requirements and meet the current industry standards for iron abatement.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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