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Iron Staining: What Are These Spots I See?

Imagine that as you are showering in your bathroom, you suddenly look up and notice worrisome discoloration around the showerhead. Any time you see reddish orange stains on your home’s surfaces, such as the shower, fences, or the exterior siding, it can be alarming, to say the least. You may be wondering, “What are these red or orange spots I see?” Read on to learn more about what causes these spots to be left behind by your home’s water supply and how to keep them from leaving their mark at your home. 

What Causes These Stains? 

The reddish-orange spots you may start to notice on your home’s surfaces are from rust, which is technically iron oxide, formed when iron, water, and oxygen mix. 

Household Water 

When you see these spots on your home’s fixtures or in your water, it indicates there is elevated iron in your household water supply. As soap scum combines with iron, it forms the rusty orange deposits you begin to notice on your sinks, plumbing fixtures, and in your bathtubs. You may also observe that even though it tastes acceptable, your home’s potable water comes out clear but then turns that nasty reddish-orange color once it oxides from being exposed to the air. 

Groundwater

As rain or groundwater moves below the earth’s surface through the soil, minerals such as iron dissolve and escape into your home’s well. As iron deteriorates, even homes with the highest water quality will start to notice the dreaded orange spots. Similarly, orange stains that appear on the exterior of your home, particularly on the vinyl siding, reveal that rust is present in the groundwater underneath your property. 

How Do I Avoid Getting Orange Stains?

Residential Water Softener

Homes that receive their water from a well are unfortunately more susceptible to developing rust and getting iron stains, which is why it is important to have your well regularly inspected by a knowledgeable team to ensure there is no fracturing in the well that allows corrosion to occur. Implementing an effective water softener system also helps avoid iron rust staining.

In addition to helping prevent iron rust staining, the other benefits of a water softener that your household can experience include: 

  • Improved moisture for hair and skin
  • Less soap needed for bathing
  • Less scum and scale buildup
  • Better laundry efficiency
  • Pipe protection for appliances that use water
  • Better tasting drinking water 

To help stave off these pesky spots, Perry’s is proud to offer water softener and iron removal systems that can actually save customers up to $30K a year in home pressure washing costs as customers do not have to deal with the unappealing rust stains left on their home’s siding. 

Perry’s Understands Stains and How to Help You Fight Them

You do not have to live with the displeasing red-orange stains left behind by rust. Perry’s Pump Repair makes it easy for you and your family to enjoy pure potable water that tastes delicious and a clean home exterior with no unsightly stains visible. Our highly effective and efficient water softener systems, customized to the unique needs of your family’s home, treat your water and help prevent iron oxide from rearing its ugly head in the first place. We offer free water testing with our well repair, in addition to our expert insight into how to test your water for yourself. Contact us today to find out more, schedule our services, or get a quote for the water softener system that would serve your family’s needs best. At Perry’s, we care about the quality of your water, and we are committed to helping you enjoy the best water possible.

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