Problems Caused by Too Much Iron in Water

Worst case scenario, high levels of iron in your water can cause unwanted health issues. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies iron as a secondary contaminant because iron can carry bacteria and other organic contaminants into your drinking water. Anyone with the genetic disorder hemochromatosis is susceptible to iron overload, which can lead to liver, heart, and pancreatic problems.

High levels of iron can cause numerous other problems, including these:

  • Laundry stains
  • Yellow or brown stains in sinks and tubs that can be difficult to remove
  • Iron has a way of staying put, thus clogging up dishwashers, washing machines, water pumps, and more
  • High levels of iron in your water also can cause food and coffee to taste funny

How to Tell if Your Water Has High Concentrations of Iron

Here’s how you can tell.

  • Metallic taste or unpleasant odor
  • Water discoloration straight from the faucet
  • Orange or rust-colored rings around your bathtub or sink
  • Brown or yellow stains on your clothing and dishes

When water with a high quantity of iron flows through the pipes, it leads to a buildup of the mineral, causing low water pressure along with clogging up pipes. In addition, iron causes an accumulation of reddish-brown slime in your pipes; sudden discharge of this residue can lead to an unexpected rush of discolored water through the faucets.

If any of this sounds familiar and you even suspect you have excess amounts of iron – either from your city or well supply – contact Plumbtastic today so we can test your water and, if appropriate, recommend the right water filtration solution for your family and budget.

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