The Problems of Iron in Well Water, Part 1

Aside from hardness in well water, the most common water problem for homeowners with well water is iron. One of the difficulties of treating iron in well water is that there are several forms of iron. Also, the pH level of the well water affects how successful a well water treatment will be. Iron gets into well water from seepage and corrosion. If there is seepage in the form of rain or melted snow, soil travels from the ground’s surface and becomes part of a water supply. If the soil contains iron, the iron dissolves into the water that’s in the well.

When iron travels into well water from corrosion, it’s because exposure to a combination of water and oxygen have caused the casings and pipes of a well water supply to rust. When the deteriorating casings and pipes contain iron, rust occurs and carries iron flakes off the well’s components into the well water.

Iron is toxic to humans in high dosages. In reality, however, you could not drink enough water to consume toxic levels of iron. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers iron in well water as a minor contaminant, which means it does not directly impact our health. So, the truth is that iron in well water may not affect your health, but it will cause damage and other issues. Iron slime, build up, iron crust can harbor an environment for  bacteria or virus to colonize.

If you suspect you need any kind of well repair in Cabarrus County, NC, Rowan County, or any of the surrounding counties such as Iredell, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Randolph, Davidson, Davie, Union, Catawba, or Montgomery counties, contact the technicians at Rowan Well Drilling for efficient and affordable help.