Rust in well water can come from iron or manganese deposits that mix with the air, also known as iron bacteria. The bacteria can grow into a slimy material that sticks to well pipes. This can cause the water to change co... More »

Rust is the product of a chemical reaction in which iron oxidizes in the presence of an electrolyte. In order to form iron oxide, exposed iron must bond with oxygen, which usually happens when the iron surface gets wet. More » Science Chemistry

Nails rust in water because water allows the iron to react with any oxygen present, which forms iron oxide, known as rust. In order to cause rust quickly, there must be some impurities in the water, particularly salts, s... More »

To treat well water with bleach, use a pump to clear the well of any dirty or cloudy water, and then add chlorine bleach to the well. This bleach is not found in the supermarket and must obtained from a professional who ... More »

The causes for brown and cloudy water may include rust in the piping, other iron-related problems, surface infiltration and well-structure problems. A proper diagnosis requires testing the water at a lab, which should be... More »

To improve water pressure from a water well, turn the power off on the water pump that is connected to the well, and locate the air fill gauge on the top of the pump. Use a tire pressure gauge to check the air pressure, ... More »

Hot water turns yellow for a number of reasons, including sediment in the water heater tank or colony of iron bacteria. It isn't always a sign that the hot water heater needs to be replaced, but it's something that might... More »