Orange stains in shower and toilets becoming more apparent - not sure where to start

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Feb 21, 2017
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Hey gents,

SO, over the course of the past couple of months, our water has been leaving orange stains in the shower and the problem seems to be worsening. For example, if I fill out Keurig's reservoir, it will have orange stains around the bottom edges and on the bottom of the tank after just 24 hours.

Our water comes from a Well, at a depth of roughly 350'. We also have an electric hot water heater that is roughly 15 years old.

I'm guessing the orange stains are caused by iron in the water or hard water, but I'm not sure what test kit I should purchase to confirm this suspicion.

Also, is there any chance that the hardness or iron is coming from the hot water heater? Since we purchased the house, the hot water has had a mild sulfuric smell to it - only the hot water, though, and it's not very noticeable. Should I test the water in the well itself?

As always I appreciate the time and guidance.


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Feb 5, 2013
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Erie, PA
Far from an expert here. I doubt you fill your coffee maker with hot water.

I once had a house on well water and our first well had an iron problem. The water coming from the well was clear and it wasn’t until it set in contact with air it would rust. In the toilet it was compounded with bleach cleaning toilet products. What the process of converting the dissolved iron to rust I believe is called precipitation.

Some light reading on the subject.

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