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3 Types of Sneaky Iron That Might Be Lurking Within Your Water


You may have noticed before, or this could even be your first time being exposed to the dangers of hard water, however, there are different types of iron within your water that can be affecting your health.

Yes, there are stains. Yes, there are uncomfortable dry skin situations. But the biggest threat of hard water is to your health. Thankfully, there’s a solution so that you don’t have to live with iron or hard water!

Modern water softeners provide soft water that won’t wreak havoc on your skin, clothing or bank account. So, keep reading on to find out about these unwanted particles living inside your water, then decide for yourself whether or not it’s time to solve the problem once and for all.

Clear Water Iron

clearwaterironOne of the most common types of iron, clear water iron, is not easily detectable. Within it, the particles are clear, however, when they are exposed to air they begin to rust.

Unless you leave the water sitting out overnight, you cannot notice this sort of pollutant in your water. Each particle rusts one at a time once outside of the faucet and exposed to air.

It is also called ferrous iron, and unfortunately causes problems on your skin like acne and eczema, if not taken care of. Ferrous iron also affects your water systems and appliances. So it’s best to be safe than sorry and eliminate this type of iron from your water supply.

Bacterial Iron

bacterialironCommon bacterial iron is composed of living organisms that naturally grow in both soil and water. But much like clear water iron, once it is exposed to oxygen a mutation begins to happen.

This bacterial compound is most easily seen at the edges of faucets and inside toilet bowls. It is slimy, green, and very hospitable to other bacteria looking for a new place to grow.

Showers are likely to have these organisms and although there are not any serious medical conditions that come from having contact, the other bacteria that grows on top can become a major health hazard. Eliminate bacterial iron from hosting other more harmful bacteria by installing a water softener.

Hydrogen Sulfide

rotteneggEver heard of hydrogen sulfide? Maybe not, but you have most likely smelled it. Whenever your house is truly infested with iron particles in hard water, you will notice!

Once the problem gets big enough, you will start to smell the chemical compound that causes the notorious “rotten egg” odour. This compound is actually one of the most dangerous aspects of hard water.

Ignoring this smell or simply masking it with air sprays can bring about serious health issues from eye irritation, headaches, vomiting, to having fluid in your lungs. In fact, there are established regulations for workers who come in contact with this chemical. If you notice symptoms of hydrogen sulfide in your home, DO NOT WAIT! Make sure the issue is thoroughly cleaned up and prevent the problem in the future by installing a water softener.

If you’re ready to protect your home and enjoy all of the benefits that come with a water softener, contact your local CLARITY by ClimateCare provider. Our local experts ensure that your water softener is installed properly and at a price you can agree on. Plus, we’re here for all of your routine water softener maintenance needs!