Water stains in your sinks, tubs, toilets, and appliances are annoying, and they keep coming back no matter how often you clean. It can also stain your clothes and dishware. Water stains are typically the result of hard water, but low pH can also cause water stains.
The water’s hardness depends on the amount of dissolved calcium, magnesium, iron, and other minerals in the water. Although the water appears clear, concentrations of heavy metals and minerals can still be in the water. The level may not be high enough to discolor the water, but when it oxidizes on the surface, it can cause discoloration to occur, leaving stains on your faucets, sinks, water pipes, appliances, and practically anything that came into contact with water.
Hard water is not limited to private wells. Over 80% to 90% of homes in the United States have some degree of hard water. Hard water can be destructive to plumbing and appliances, increasing both electricity and water consumption. Also, reducing the hardness of water was 100 times more effective in laundry stain removal than adding more detergent into the wash, according to the Water Quality Research Foundation.
Different types of water stains
Identify the type of water stain by its color:
Dark Brown or Black
Dark brown or black stains are the result of elevated amounts of manganese in the water. The higher the concentration of manganese, the darker the color. Stains with lower levels of manganese and higher iron content have a red or orange tint.
Not all stains are due to hard water. Low pH in water due to its acidity causes blue-green stains on copper, brass, and metal plumbing fixtures, including faucets, drains, and pipes. Acidic water is corrosive, and the blue-green stains are a result of the damage it is causing
Reddish orange stains are a common water stain that usually indicates elevated iron and manganese levels in the water. You may notice red or orange stains in toilets, drains, bathtubs, showers, and the dishwasher and washing machine.
If you are spotting yellow stains on your clothing, dishware, sinks, and plumbing fixtures, it is most likely the result of a natural organic material found in soil called tannins. Tannins can get into the water as its pumped from the groundwater or well. It also leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Limescale buildup in your water heater, coffee maker, shower curtains, and other appliances is often the result of elevated calcium, magnesium, and other minerals increasing water hardness. The accumulation of limescale deposits can clog water pipes and drains and shorten the lifespan of your water heater and other appliances that require water for operation.
How do you prevent water stains?
Cleaning sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and appliances every day is one option. Or, you can install a water treatment and purification system, like The Water Source, that prevents water stains.
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