Excess Iron: Cause, Effect And Solution
From Earth’s Crust to Your Faucet
Iron is one of the earth’s most plentiful elements, making up at least 5% of the Earth’s surface. As rainwater makes its way through the ground and into our waterways, it dissolves and collects minerals like iron along the way. Excess iron is found most often in wells, but can also enter your home through poorly filtered municipal water systems or aging pipes and plumbing.
Rainwater makes its way through the earth, dissolving and collecting iron particles along the way.
Groundwater is deposited into a municipal well house or ground well.
Water is then pumped into your home and if not filtered properly could often contain excess amounts of iron.
Signs of Excess Iron
in Your Home’s Water
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Hard on Clothing:
Extra iron in your water often causes clothes to appear dull and dingy.
Leaves a Mark:
Hard-to-remove rust stains can appear on fixtures and appliances or water can turn a cloudy, reddish brown.
Causes Bad Taste and Odor:
Excess iron can give your water a metallic taste or rotten egg smell.
Rough on Appliances:
Iron and other minerals can cause scale buildup, which reduces the life and efficiency of your water-using appliances.