What Causes Water to be Rusty?
If you’ve turned on your tap water recently and noticed a reddish color coming from your faucet, you are probably dealing with iron in your water. But what causes rusty water in the first place?
There are three main causes for iron water. Iron can naturally occur in some drinking water but will not show itself until exposed to air. Rusty water can also show up if a nearby water main or fire hydrant is in use. The more common cause, however, is rust buildup in water mains or even your own plumbing. When sediment travels through these systems, it can break off some of the iron that has built up on corroded metal pipes. This is the most common reason because many plumbing systems in North America are old – some are even upwards of 100 years old. It’s only natural for rust to build up on metal pipes over time.
Effects of Rusty Water
Iron in your water is never pleasant to deal with. It smells bad, tastes bad and looks very unclean. Iron in your water will also stain your skin, your clothes and the surfaces your water touches like bathtubs, sinks and toilets.
Though many of the effects of rusty water are irritating, you do not have to worry about your health. Rusty water isn’t bad for you – it’s just unpleasant. The only exception is for people with a rare health condition called hemochromatosis, a condition that causes excess iron accumulation in your organs.
How to Get Rid of Rusty Water
Just because rusty water isn’t necessarily bad for your health doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything about it. One of the best things to do when you have rusty water is to install a water filtration or water softener system and an iron water filter. If you’re dealing with rusty water, give 1st Choice Water Solutions a call. We can help you determine the right filters for your needs, depending on the severity of the problem. We’ll help perfect your water to keep it rust free.