WHAT CAUSES RUST?
Rust is caused by steel corroding after the iron (Fe) particles are exposed to oxygen and moisture (e.g., humidity, vapor, and immersion). When steel is exposed to water, the iron particles are lost to the acidic electrolytes in the water. The iron particles are then oxidized, resulting in the formation of Fe++. Two electrons are released when Fe++ is formed and flows through the steel to another area known as the cathodic area.
The presence of oxygen causes these electrons to rise and form hydroxyl ions (OH). The hydroxyl ions combine with the FE++ to form hydrous iron oxide (FeOH), more commonly known as rust. Where the affected iron particles were, has now become a corrosion pit, and the corrosion product is where they are now (rust).
The constant contact of these materials (iron, calcium, and magnesium) may cause severe damage, and the longer the iron and other minerals accumulate, the worse the damage to appliances, sinks, and tubs.Commercial products containing strong chemicals offer a powerful solution for removing scale buildup and rust stains caused by iron in hard water, but this is only a temporary solution.
Water hardness can be easily remedied with a home water softener, but iron removal usually necessitates the use of a more specialized water system.
SIGNS OF HIGH IRON IN WATER
- Rust stains in sinks, toilet bowls, and bathtubs
- Stains on clean laundry and linens
- A metallic taste or odor in your water
- Red or yellow-tinted tap water
- Low water pressure (due to mineral buildup in pipes and/or water heater)
It's worth noting that iron can be found in a variety of water sources, not just well water.Your municipal tap water may even have higher iron levels than you prefer. This is because iron naturally enters our source water from bedrock and other sediments. It dissolves and percolates into the aquifers, streams, and other water systems from which the city draws water for treatment. The majority of water contaminants are removed during treatment, but iron is often overlooked because it is a "secondary" contaminant.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
Removing Iron and Rust Stains
Iron and rust removal products come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There's a cleaner for almost any appliance or stain, from liquids to powders. Liquid rust stain removers are safe for pipes and septic systems and are designed to dissolve rust and iron stains on white porcelain sinks and toilet bowls. Powder and bowl cleaners are also available to remove stains from household appliances.
Descalers for Lime
Descalers, like liquid rust stain removers, work by dissolving troublesome deposits on contact. Most commercially available descalers are powerful enough to remove calcium buildups while remaining gentle enough not to harm chrome, glaze, or grout or corrode piping.
Using a Water Filtration System to Prevent Iron Stains
When it comes to cleaning bathroom fixtures and other areas of the home affected by mineral buildup, stain removal products are a great go-to; however, the best way to prevent iron stains and lime scale from recurring is to install a water filtration system.
You may be able to find temporary solutions such as lemon juice, vinegar, and commercial products, but you will not be resolving the underlying issue.
A water softener is the primary solution for removing the iron minerals that cause rust stains in your home. The water softening process uses tiny resin beads that act as sponges to absorb hard minerals from the water as well as clear water iron. Installing a water softener is the only way to permanently remove rust stains from iron. NETSOL WATER provide a good variety in water softeners according to the requirement of the situation and customers.