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Is Excessive Iron in Your Water?

If you see rusty, orange water coming out of your faucet, chances are that you’re dealing with high levels of iron in your water.  Even if you don’t see rusty water, you could have iron that is practically invisible or appears as tiny flakes in your glass. Even small amounts of clear water iron can cause rust stains on your sink and fixtures after the water has dried. Don’t panic if you think you have iron in your water. Iron is not considered to have harmful side effects to your health, but it definitely has negative impacts on your water quality. Iron can make your home’s water appear very unappealing and it can also cause other household problems. High iron content makes drinking water, coffee, and teas taste metallic. Food cooked in water with iron may have an odd flavor and can become discolored. Iron in your water can also affect other areas of your home. Iron can stain fabric in your laundry and can leave stains on sinks and toilets.   On a more serious note, iron can lead

Hard Water Stains

Rust stains are caused by the presence of dissolved iron in water. The iron oxidizes and collects on the surface of bathtubs and sinks. This appears over time as an orange-red stain.  No matter how hard you scrub, if you are using a cleanser that contains bleach, your problem will only get worse.  The bleach chemically reacts with the iron in the water which actually creates  more  rust in your sink or bathtub. Well water as well as municipal water can have a high iron content that causes rust stains to form on bathtubs and sinks. In order to prevent these stains from happening in the first place, make sure to rinse the sink and the bathtub/shower after each use. After rinsing, wipe the tub, sink and shower down with a towel. This will help to remove any iron residue. If stains have already set in, depending on the material of your bathroom fixtures, you may be able to use a pumice stone to gently rub away the stains.  Wet the pumice stone and rub it on the tub or s