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Removing Rust from Well Water

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Well water can contain rust. Not only does rust in your water make the water reddish, unappetizing, and possibly bad tasting it can also stain laundry and other items. This is a guide about removing rust from well water.


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October 8, 2007

How do I get rid of rust in my well water?

Carrie from Rushville, Ohio

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful
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I have the same problem. I have bought the Sears water softner and does really well. You can take a sample of water to sears and they will test for you to see what level of rust and hardness it is for FREE. I buy salt from tractor supply or aldi etc. No need spending big money on it. I still cannot use bleach but NO rusty sink , toliets etc. Good Luck

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful
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You don't say if you have a water softener. If so buy your salt in bag's with rust remover in it. The water softener is needed because rust will ruin appliances and ruin clothes also. However they have several brand's of thing's to take the rust out of thing's in fact one of them is called Rust Out. However you must read the back of the boxes to make sure you are buying the right one for your particular problem.Good luck I went nuts till we had our water softener installed the rust was unbelieveable!

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July 7, 20123 found this helpful
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Remove your well head and find a long enough garden hose to run from an outside hydrant or faucet on the side of the house back to the well. Put the hose down the well. Mix one gallon of water with the appropriate amount of "Iron Out" mixed into it (you can pick it up at Wal-Mart) and one gallon of Clorox to pour down the well head.

Turn on the outside faucet/hydrant and let the mixture run through the well and other pipes. If the well water runs to the house, it should get at least to the pressure tank and flow through other pipes. If it is like mine, it goes through the pressure tank, water filter and water softner before returning to the well. Let it run for an hour or two to get all of that initial "rust" out of those lines.

Once you turn the outside hose off, turn on all of the inside faucets until you can smell or see the rust out (you will be able to smell it and see some bubbles). Then turn off you faucet so that the mixture can sit in the pipes for a while. It will eat away at the rust built up in the pipes.

You will want to run the faucets for a while after it has sit so that it will be flushed from the pipes (you wont want to drink it, bathe in it or wash with it - the concentration is too strong). Do this every three to six months depending on how much "iron" you have in your water. It is a cheap and easy way to remove it.

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October 9, 20071 found this helpful

When I lived on the farm I used calgon water softener when I washed clothes. This took all the rust streaks out.

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October 10, 20071 found this helpful

You need a filtering media called "KDF". It is the ONLY thing that will remove rust and not just camouflage it. (I'm in the water business)

Don't be talked into a reverse osmosis purification system. Rust will foul the membranes.

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful


dig a new deeper well-nothing else worked

by the way, we moved from rusty water home and now I am anemic (low iron in blood) IRONIC??

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May 29, 20081 found this helpful

I desperately need help. There is a water softener full of rust reducing salt, but the water is still rusty. My clothes are staining, it's gross to do dishes and bathe. The landlord has me stirring it in the softener. The softener is full of the same pellets for the 4 months I have lived here. What do I do? Frankly, my rent is due and I am reluctant to pay it. Help

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January 29, 20091 found this helpful

My mom has rust in her well water, the water is tinted rust color and if you can't drink it, it tastes like rust. She has a water filter on the kitchen sink and that helps. The bathtub is stained as well as the toilet. The beautician says my mom's hair has an orange tint to it. What can we do other then drill a new well?

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September 17, 20160 found this helpful

Water is a basic necessity. Your landlord is obligated to provide you with clean water that is good for drinking, bathing, and if that place came with a laundry hook-up, then water that does not ruin clothes when washed.

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

What is KDF

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

The rust I am dealing with is at the bottom of my well, the well was not used for 5 years. When I first started using it, it ran clear with a iron taste to it, but clear. I let the outside hose run for awhile and big amounts of rust like sand came out the hose, enough to leave about 1/4 inch on side walk. Do I need to pull the well pump?

By Dean

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