Reddish brown stains on plumbing fixtures such as your sink, tub, and toilet are an indication that you may have a problem with iron in your water. Water that has high levels of iron not only stain your wash basins and toilet, but its ugly red stains can also ruin your clothing and linens, or anything else that runs through your washing machine. Iron water also can form scales in your pipes and water-using appliances, which can not only make your water look bad, but smell bad too.
Iron water is created when water passes through iron bearing rocks in the earth. It can also be caused by water standing in iron pipes. If your water exits your tap clear but turns your sink, toilet or tub red after standing for a while, it’s called clear water iron. If the water exits the tap with a red tint it’s called red water iron. This means the iron has already oxidized in the ground, your well, or your water system.
Small amounts of clear water iron can be corrected by a water softener. Red water iron and larger amounts of clear water iron can be controlled by running the water through a filter containing an oxygen-rich mineral or environment. The iron is then oxidized into solid particles that can be trapped in the filter and washed down the drain.
How do I get rid of this crusty white stuff on my faucet?
Odds are the white buildup you are seeing on your faucet or shower head is excess calcium as a result of hard water. The bad news is that it can be ruining your plumbing fixtures and appliances! The good news is that it can be permanently fixed.
Eliminate calcium build up once and for all!
The fact is, certain sections of northern New Jersey are especially susceptible to hard water and calcium buildup. In addition to the discomfort, you can experience from showering and washing with hard water (not to mention the nasty white spots left behind on your eating utensils), the white residue left by calcium and other minerals can clog plumbing fixtures in the shower, dishwasher, sink, and anywhere else that water flows. And that’s only what you can see on the surface. Just imagine what the inside of your pipes look like!
Temporary solutions such as off-the-shelf “de-limers” or home-made concoctions like white vinegar and baking soda can help mediate the problem on your fixtures and appliances temporarily; and products such as muriatic acid can help break through tougher buildups – but who wants to flush out their water heater and other plumbing fixtures with dangerous acids?
The only permanent fix for this nasty problem is a state-of-the-art water softener. Advanced Water Softening can install a water softener system in your home or business that solves the calcium residue problem while it reduces metals and other hard ions in your water, leaving you with cleaner, better operating plumbing fixture, and pipes, as well as cleaner skin, clothing, and dinnerware, glasses and utensils.
So don’t let calcium buildup damage your plumbing and key appliances any longer. Advanced Water Softening’s complete water softening system includes all tanks and components expertly installed and maintained, as well as excellent warranties on all parts.