Similarly to hard water, iron water develops when it passes through rock that contains iron deposits. This leads to reddish orange water that causes stains in sinks and tubs, and produces an undesirable smell.
Solution: Treating iron in your water is not a simple process. One reason is that there are several different types of iron that could be causing your issues. For example, ferric iron, ferrous iron, colloidal iron, and bacterial iron. The most popular however are ferric and ferrous iron. Ferric iron is iron that is not dissolved in the water, so it can be removed by a cartridge filter or a back washing sediment filter. Ferrous iron is iron that is dissolved in the water so it would pass through a cartridge filter. Carroll Water recommends a water conditioner to address ferrous iron.
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