There are several causes of water staining on sinks and fixtures in your home, so it’s important to identify which problem you’re dealing with before trying to treat it. Once you know the source of the staining, you can tackle the issue head-on. Here are some common causes of water staining and ways to approach them when they occur in your home.

What Are Water Stains?

Water stains can be any color but are typically brown or red. They can occur around fixtures like sinks and faucets, ceilings or walls, or even on floors. You’ll know if you have an issue on your hands if these stains appear worse and more often over time. 

How Do They Form?

A few different pains can cause water stains. If you have hard water, that means there are high levels of minerals in your water. These minerals can build up over time and cause staining. Another possible cause is a leak in your home. Leaks can happen in your pipes or fixtures, and they can cause staining as well. If you have an old house, the lines may be rusty and cause staining. Finally, if you use a lot of chemicals in your home, they can also cause staining.

Common Water Issue Culprits

There are a few common causes of water stains in the home. You could be facing: 

  • Iron in your water that causes red or brown tints. 
  • Acidic water causes blue or green pigments. 
  • Hard water, created by elevated levels of minerals, can cause white chalky, red, brown, and black stains.
  • And more!

Preventing Future Water Stains

You can prevent water stains in the future by taking some proactive steps. So, consider installing a water filter or softener to remove contaminants that may cause water discoloration! A water softener system is used to reduce the “hardness,” or amount of minerals in the water. A water filtration system removes impurities from water by using a physical barrier or a chemical or biological process.

Contact us For All Your Water Treatment and Filtration Needs

If you notice a strange taste in your water or contaminants, Easterday-Wilson Water Services can help. We treat countless water quality problems and eliminate common water contaminants on a daily basis. Call us at 301-831-5170 for additional information and schedule your free water evaluation today.

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