If you own property and want to keep the landscape looking nice & green then you understand the irrigation process.
Most irrigation systems run off of a well pump and you can experience all kinds of water below in the aquifer.
The quality of the water below can contain some different elements. For example some shallow wells can produce high iron content in the water.
Others can contain high levels of sulfur.
A simple way of figuring out which of the 2 you have is if there are signs of orange staining around your property, on fence, driveway or side of home? If so, this means you have iron in your well.
A simple way of figuring out if you have sulfur in your well then you will notice a smell, similar to rotten eggs or black staining.
If you have Iron in your irrigation well then you will notice orange stains around property & there are ways to remove the stains as well as prevent the iron stains from ever appearing.
The best way to remove iron stains is to aplly a iron stain dissolvent.
We suggest that you use the crystal form of dissovent as it dissolves in water and can be applied with a pump sprayer.
We suggest that you use a 1 gallon pump sprayer mixing, 1 gallon of warm water to 1 1/2 cups of dissolvent.
Make you shake pump sprayer well before applying dissolvent to stains.
This process may take several applications. Apply a good amount of dissolvent to any needed areas and wait 15-30 minutes before appllying addition application.
If you have any iron stains on dark surfaces we suggest that you use a weaker solution ratio.
Go ahead and cut solution ratio in half, So ¾ of a cup to each gallon.
When applying dissolvent on tile make sure you rinse off approx. 15 minutes after each application.
Extended contact time to tile can cause a hazing effect/layer that is hard to remove & can be very time consuming.
You will notice that attempting to remove iron stains from white vinyl fencing is very easy because the vinyl is not porous.
Cement is very porous and tries to absorb what it is in contact with.
Newly painted surfaces are very easy to remove iron stains from as well.
If you pressure wash all areas before applying iron stain dissolvent you can save time & dissolvent.
Pressure Washing can remove some % of the iron stain however, will not remove iron stains completely. It can also help by loosening the iron stain.
We always suggest that you pressure wash all areas before attempting to remove iron stains.
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