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Do you see yellow stains in the bottom of your toilet bowl or the bottom your bath tub? You may be a victim of high iron in your water. What you are seeing is the rust from the iron overload. What to do? If you are looking for a home remedy and Google, “rust and water” you will get these guys, Water & Rust, an electric group of musicians from Austin, TX. It would be a different conversation if we were talking about the band, we are talking rust and manganese in your home’s water.

To keep it as simple as possible, rust is the common name for the compound, iron oxide. The chemical Fe2023 is common compound and due to the fact that iron can combine with oxygen very quickly, the corrosion causes the rust to occur. It is important to keep in mind, iron and manganese are minerals commonly found in drinking water and it is not harmful to humans.

There are four forms of iron: ferrous, ferric, organic and iron bacteria. If the cold water out of the sink faucets starts out clear but then turns a brown color, you have iron issues. Typically, ferric or organic irons color the water. Manganese is similar to iron in that it forms a brown – black color and stains.

The best way to solve the iron and manganese dilemma is to give us a call. It is recommended to have your water tested to determine the amount of iron and manganese. These compounds could be either in the water supply or in the pipes. Hague Water conducts FREE in home water tests to help you and your family get on a path to cleaner water.