There is nothing great about finding rust stains in your sink, but you might be under the false impression that it is nothing more than an aggravation. Unfortunately, it can be a more serious issue. Keep reading to find out how rust stains can be a sign of more serious plumbing problems, and then contact Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing at (661) 947-2653 if you need help with your plumbing.
The Three Most Common Causes of Rust Stains
Most causes of rust stains are caused by one of three issues. The most common causes involve the water supply. For example, if you have dissolved iron in your water, it can leave behind minerals that look orange. This is not harmful, but you could invest in a water softener or filter to reduce the amount of iron in your water – thus reducing the staining.
Another option is a plumbing issue. If your pipes are old, or you have an old water heater, corrosion and/or debris within them could be moving through the pipes and ending up deposited in the sink.
Finally, if you leave a metal can in your sink, it can leave behind an orange ring. If the stain is in the bathroom, a can of shaving cream or air freshener might have done it, while a food can could be the cause in the kitchen.
Tips for Removing Rust Stains from a Sink
If you have rust stains in your sink and you want to remove them, the best way to do so will depend on the type of sink you have. Some options include making a paste with lemon juice and salt, rubbing it into the area, letting it sit overnight, brushing the salt away, and then wiping down the sink, doing the same thing but with baking soda instead of lemon juice, or buying a pumice stone.
It Might Be Time to Replace Your Sink
If you cannot remove the rust stains from your sink, then it might be time to replace the sink. If you decide to do that, there are many types of sinks you can choose from, including metal, ceramic, and cast iron. It is essential that you have a professional install your sink to prevent issues such as leaking or poor seals.
If you are ready to have your sink repaired or replaced, then we welcome you to contact Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing at (661) 947-2653 to make an appointment.