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Home Water Well Full of Iron?

Is your home water full of iron?

Are you getting rust stains in the home, and does your water smell and taste like a rusty nail?

Your water may look clear, but this is because iron is often found in a dissolved state (clear water iron) in well water.  It is especially prevalent in acidic groundwater, which dissolves the iron due to its acidity.

Though water contaminated by iron may appear clear when first drawn, it will soon form insoluble rust particles when exposed to oxygen.  This is how iron causes brown, yellow, and rust-colored stains in sinks, fixtures, and appliances.Read More

Testing for and Treating Waterborne Manganese

Testing, Treating Waterborne Manganese

Manganese is a naturally-occurring groundwater contaminant that is frequently accompanied by its partner, iron.  In its natural form, it is a silver-colored metal that is very hard but very brittle.  While relatively harmless in small amounts, at higher levels its effects include intellectual impairment and reduced IQ in school children (according to a 2010 study).Read More

Testing for and Removing Hydrogen Sulfide

If you’ve experienced foul “rotten egg” or sulfur odors in your water, it may be that your water is contaminated with high levels of hydrogen sulfide or methane gas.  At low levels, these gases are generally harmless.  At high levels, however, they are at best a nuisance and at worst, a serious health concern.  Read More

A Guide to Chloride: Its Effects, How to Test for It, and How to Remove It from Your Water

A Guide to Chloride: Its Effects, How to Test for It Chloride is one of the most common anions found in tap water. It generally combines with calcium, magnesium, or sodium to form various salts: for example, sodium chloride (NaCl) is formed when chloride and sodium combine. Chloride occurs naturally in ground water, but is found in greater concentrations where seawater and run-off from road salts (salts used to de-ice icy roads) can make their way into water sources. As such, well owners near snowy roads or road salting storage facilities are especially at risk for high levels of sodium chloride.Read More