There are a lot of things that might end up in your water, but one of the most aggravating contaminants is iron. Iron is present in the soil, and it can get into your water supply if it is not properly treated by your municipality or if you rely on well water. On occasion iron in a home’s water supply can be due to the use of older pipes. When pipes grow old and corrode, the iron can leech into the water supply, especially if your water has been treated with chemicals to remove pathogens.
Because it’s such a common contaminant, homeowners are often left seeking a way to remove it from their water. While not generally dangerous, iron buildup in your water supply can be damaging to your pipes, fixtures and appliances. That’s why Boulden Brothers offers a full range of iron removal services in the greater Wilmington & Dover, DE area. If you’re concerned about issues with iron in your water supply, call us today to discuss your options.
What exactly is so bad about excess iron in your water supply? To start with, iron is incredibly damaging to fixtures if the levels get too high. That odd discoloration you see around your faucets and drains? That’s excess iron being deposited by the steady flow of water into and out of your house.
All water has some iron in it, but it’s usually colorless and odorless, meaning it doesn’t leave anything behind. But, when the levels build up too high, water can leave iron deposits behind when it evaporates. When not dissolved in water, iron is a reddish brown color and it leaves a thick stain that is nearly impossible to remove. If bacteria are present in the iron, it can become slimy as well, almost like a thick mold or mildew, but with the same reddish brown color of iron.
This is not only damaging to your fixtures, but it can leave behind the same reddish-brown stains on your clothing if you wash them in iron-rich water. And of course, iron-laced water doesn’t taste all that great. While it generally doesn’t cause any immediate health problems, too much iron can be dangerous.
Iron Removal Services
So, how do we get rid of all that extra iron? The exact type of iron removal used will depend on the type of iron you have. Bacterial iron is targeted with chlorination and media filtration. Ferric iron is removed with filters that can be installed at the source of your water.
The hardest type of iron to remove is ferrous iron which needs to be treated and then filtered to remove it from your water supply.
Iron Removal Experts
Iron buildup may not seem like a big problem, but as time passes, the damage iron can do to your fixtures quickly becomes irreversible. If nothing else, the extra cleaning will be exhausting and the stains left behind embarrassing.
So, you need an expert you can trust to remove that iron fast and effectively. If you live in the Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area, call Boulden Brothers today to learn more about the iron removal options currently available.