Iron in Water
If you live on a water well and have noticed that your water has a metallic taste or has a reddish-brown hue to it, chances are you have too much iron in your water. High levels of iron are often found in well water because well water is sourced from groundwater, and iron is one of the most common naturally occurring metals in Earth’s geology.
Although iron is considered to be an essential mineral, too much iron can have a negative effect on our health. Here are a few ways that excess iron can damage our bodies and homes.
Damage to the skin – Excessive amounts of iron can damage healthy skin cells and can cause dry skin and chronic irritation like eczema. High iron in water makes it harder for soap residue to rinse from the body, causing clogged pores and a buildup of oil in the skin, which can cause acne.
Health risks – Iron overload can cause diabetes, hemochromatosis, stomach problems, and nausea. Our bodies need iron for transporting oxygen in our blood, but if iron levels are too high, it could damage the body’s internal organs like the liver, pancreas, and heart.
Home plumbing issues – Excessive amounts of iron can leave behind a orange or rust looking residue on surfaces as wells as leading to build-up and clogged pipes. When this occurs, homeowners may experience low water pressure or slow draining. Too much iron in water accumulates reddish-brown slime in your pipes, which can lead to an unexpected flow of discoloured water through faucets.
Staining on appliances and fixtures – Iron leaves a reddish-orange stain and residue on bathtubs, showers, and faucets. You may also find these stains on cutlery, plates, clothing, and even blonde hair.
Benefits of an iron filter
Iron filters use high-quality Ozone and other properties to remove iron particles from water. These filters combine filtration and oxidation to capture the iron in water and remove them from your water supply.
Better looking and tasting water – If you had previously noticed a metallic taste, reddish-brown hue or foul odour coming from your drinking water, an iron filter will help return your water to its original state.
Eliminates stains – Ugly reddish-brown stains on your laundry, sinks, showers and other water-using appliances will be reduced.
Longer-lasting appliances – Build-up and clogs caused by excess iron can negatively impact the lifespan of your appliances. These same issues impact pipes and plumbing fixtures, but iron filters can improve water flow.