Rust stains in your sinks are fairly common, especially if your home's water comes from a private well. While these stains are harmless, they’re still unsightly and can even ruin porcelain fixtures. But what causes these stains to develop in the first place? The guide below discusses the cause of rust stains in your sinks, as well as water purification tips to help you prevent them.
What Causes Rust Stains?
Rust stains are the result of mineral deposits caused by hard water. They occur when high concentrations of iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide build up within your water supply, staining your fixtures and hard surfaces.
While rust stains are more prevalent in well water, city water can also have a high iron content. Additionally, rusty galvanized iron water pipes can leak into your sink or toilet tank, causing these unsightly stains in your toilets, sinks, and bathtubs.
How Can You Prevent Stains From Forming?
Avoid rust stains by wiping your sink at the end of each day to reduce the amount of iron buildup. While fresh stains can typically be removed with commercial cleaners designed for rust removal, chronic staining can be challenging, and in some cases, irreversible if the rust has etched into porcelain or vinyl surfaces.
Remove rust from your water supply by installing a water purification system, such as a water softener or rust filter. A water softener is an effective way to remove rust from your water supply. It works by introducing sodium into the water and changing its chemical balance, then replacing iron and other minerals that may not have been filtered out of your water supply.
For water wells, rust filters can be installed to oxidize iron and sulfur, converting them into particles that can be captured and filtered out before they enter your water.
Prevent rust stains caused by hard water in your house by contacting The Water Source in Wappingers Falls, NY. For over 25 years, their team has provided a variety of water purification and treatment services designed to help their customers improve the quality of their drinking water. Call (845) 297-1600 to schedule a free water analysis or visit them online to learn more about their services.