Here are just some our customers’ iron nightmares… that we solved.
Iron is a non-hazardous element that can be a nuisance in a water supply.
Iron is a common metallic element found in the earth’s crust. Water percolating through soil and rock can dissolve minerals containing iron and hold it in solution. Occasionally, iron pipes also may be a source of iron in water. In deep wells, where oxygen content is low, the iron-bearing water is clear and colorless (the iron is dissolved). Water from the tap may be clear, but when exposed to air, iron is oxidized and changes from a colorless, dissolved form to a colored, solid form.
Oxidation of dissolved iron particles in water changes the iron to white, then yellow and finally to red-brown solid particles that settle out of the water. Iron that does not form particles large enough to settle out and that remains suspended (colloidal iron) leaves the water with a red tint. These precipitates or sediments may be severe enough to plug water pipes. Iron can affect the flavor and color of food and water. It may react with tannins in coffee, tea and some alcoholic beverages to produce a black sludge, which affects both taste and appearance. Iron will cause reddish-brown staining of laundry, porcelain, dishes, utensils and even glassware. Soaps and detergents do not remove these stains, and use of chlorine bleach and alkaline builders (such as sodium and carbonate) may intensify the stains.
If you’re fed up with the iron in your water, contact us today for a free water test and quote on a customized water system to treat your home’s unique water chemistry.
Learn more about iron staining through the Water Quality Association.