Iron Removal Systems

grunge old dirty sink - iron removal systems example

Iron in Your Water Can Be Removed with Iron Removal Systems

Having an iron problem with your water is not fun for anyone.  Well water is especially common for having too much iron. When the water leaves your well it will appear clear, but once exposed to air, iron will change into an oxidized state. When this oxidation occurs, the water becomes red and forms ‘rust’ particles that leave stains. Solutions to this problem are using iron removal systems.

While not a health hazard, here are some of the common things you will see:

  • stain your fixtures
  • clog your valves and pipes
  • appear dirty
  • tastes unpleasant
  • discoloring of laundry

Thankfully, there are several options to remove unwanted iron from your water.

How to Remove Rust from Your Water

Rust is a term used when iron and oxygen mix. It forms when the iron compound is exposed to air and water. When it’s in your drinking and cleaning water, you’ll see your water turn brown, red, orange, or yellow. The difference in the color you see depends on your level of iron concentration. Rust can be removed from your water by using an oxidizing filter, sequestration, or water softener.

Oxidizing Iron Filters

Oxidizing iron filters are designed to remove the natural iron from your water. This process works by oxidizing the soluble form of iron to its insoluble form and then removing it through filtration.

Water Softener

You can remove small to moderate amounts of iron from your water with a standard water softener. When you are dealing with larger amounts of iron, you need a water softener designed specifically for removing iron. Talk to a water professional to understand the most effective system for your iron removal.


Sequestration will not remove the iron from the water supply, but it will keep the iron in a solution, so you don’t experience stains.Mainly used in lawn sprinkler systems, this method is often used when a business or individual wants to keep iron from staining their fixtures, buildings, or sidewalks. It requires injecting an amount of polyphosphate into your water with an injection pump and a solution tank. This method isn’t perfect as water evaporates and will leave an iron residue.