Iron Water

Iron Removal Solutions from Water Doctor in Maryland

How Does Iron Get in Water?

Iron is a naturally occurring substance in rocks and soil. As it rains or rocks enter a water source, iron is washed into the water. At other times, the runoff from industries can contain iron that makes its way to your water supply. When iron has become part of your water supply, it may turn the water yellow or brown, but in most cases, the water remains clear and it is only the stains after water usage that alert you to the problem. Well water is very susceptible to iron water because of its position under ground.

Problems Caused by Iron Water

Iron in well water will stain sinks, tubs, toilets, and laundry with an orange or brown stain. Iron is not harmful to your health, but staining will begin with iron levels as low as 0.3 ppm.  When designing an iron filtration system, the following items are considered:

  • Level of iron in parts per million (ppm)
  • pH level and hardness of the water
  • Manganese and sulphur in the water
  • Flow rate of the well pump
  • Estimated water usage

How to Effectively Remove Iron from Water

Common treatments for iron include water softeners (cation exchange), filtration tanks using various media, and aeration systems. Our competitors combine a softener with chemical injection systems, which rely heavily on homeowner maintenance. Water Doctor prefers using natural methods when possible and eliminating the need for homeowners to constantly monitor or manage chemicals.

For high iron accompanied by acidity, sulphur and hardness, Water Doctor has designed the superior Iron Guard System. This system is capable of treating multiple water problems using natural methods. The Iron Guard system comes in many sizes and shapes and is specifically designed for your water test results and your choices for your home. This system is so effective; we are now selling it to other water treatment companies outside of Maryland, both nationally and internationally!

Written Guarantee on Results

Because many companies “undersize” their systems to keep the price down, be sure to get written guarantees on full iron removal along with your water tests recorded on your contract. Water Doctor offers a written money-back guarantee in most situations. This applies to both clear water dissolved (ferrous) and precipitated (ferric) iron. The exceptions will be organic iron and iron bacteria which can be very tricky to treat, but we seem to have good success with those also.

What Can I Do If I Think I Have Iron Water?

If you suspect you have iron water or want to find out just to be safe, you can call in a water specialist like Water Doctor if you’re located in Maryland. We can test your water supply and find out if there is iron present, how bad the situation is, and help you rid the water of iron.

We specialize in providing iron removal solutions throughout Maryland, including the following areas:

  • Annapolis
  • Arnold
  • Baltimore
  • Bethesda
  • Brookeville
  • Boyds
  • Clarksburg
  • Clarksville
  • Columbia
  • Cooksville
  • Crownsville
  • Damascus
  • Davidsonville
  • Deale
  • Edgewater
  • Ellicott City
  • Fallston
  • Finksburg
  • Fork
  • Fulton
  • Gaithersburg
  • Gambrills
  • Germantown
  • Glen Arm
  • Glenelg
  • Glenwood
  • Harwood
  • Hunt Valley
  • Jarrettsville
  • Lutherville-Timonium
  • Monkton
  • Owings Mills
  • Parkton
  • Pasadena
  • Phoenix
  • Rockville
  • Severn
  • Shady Side
  • Sparks Glencoe
  • Sykesville
  • West Friendship
  • West River
  • Westminster
  • Woodbine
  • Woodstock



Services We Offer
  • Well Chlorinations
  • Resolve Taste & Odor
  • Acid, Iron, Hardness
  • Certified Lab Sampling
  • Pressure Tanks
Proudly Serving Maryland
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Howard County
  • Baltimore County
  • Frederick County
  • Montgomery County
  • Carroll County
  • Charles County
  • Calvert County
  • Queen Anne's County
  • Harford County