Anyone who has spent hours scrubbing their tubs or sinks knows how annoying rust stains are. But, what causes these pesky stains? More importantly, how do you get rid of them? Here is what you need to know about getting rust out of your water.
Those annoying orange and yellow streaks on your sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets are a result of the mineral iron being in your water supply. Though it is more common in well water, people with city water can still experience the effects of hard water. The iron in the water can come from natural sources or even from metal pipes. When the water comes in contact with your shiny white surfaces, the iron causes it to stain and give that terrible rusty look.
What’s the best way to get rust out of water?
The best way to get rust out of water is to install a water softener. Water with iron — and other hard minerals that leave behind deposits — is called hard water. A water softener is a device that helps eliminate the problems associated with hard water. There is more than one type of water softener, but in Indiana, the most common system is what is known as a salt-based ion exchange system; it sounds more complicated than it actually is. These systems simply replace the hard minerals by introducing sodium into your home’s water supply, which changes the chemistry of the water. A simple water test can help you determine what type of water softener is best for your home. After introducing a water softener into your home, you’ll notice many of the following benefits:
- No more rust stains.
- No more limescale buildup on fixtures (the white crusty stuff).
- No more cloudy dishes.
- No more foul tasting or smelly drinking water.
- Brighter clothes without rust spots after washing.
Can I live with rust in my water?
The short answer is yes. Although it is not recommended, water with hard minerals is not technically dangerous to live with. However, when you consider the investment you made in your home, it is certainly a risky choice to not have a water softener installed or upgraded. Iron and other hard minerals wreak havoc on your pipes and appliances. Having to replace these appliances is stressful and costly. A new water softener will pay for itself by saving you from those costs.
You may think that, depending on where you live, you have to just get used to iron and hard minerals. That isn’t the case. You have the power to remove these problem minerals no matter where you live.
Brenneco Plumbing is a plumbing contractor serving Lafayette, Indiana and the surrounding area. We specialize in all residential, commercial and service plumbing needs. For more information, please visit our website. You can also connect with us on Facebook.