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red ring in toilet?

i just moved to a new (new construction) house and noticed that in my toilet bowls, a red ring forms where the water line is. I cleaned it out easily, then in two weeks in forms again. What is this? does this mean there is too much iron in my water?
Is this dangerous? I would assume that it is also in my drinking water too then.Any thoughts? thanks
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You don't indicate what city. Stouffville has very hard water.
Sounds like iron buildup.

Clean carefully with CLR as best you can. Residual iron deposits in the bowl act like magnets to attract ..ie more iron....and perhaps other elements of hard water.
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I sounds like iron to me. It's not dangerous in the drinking water (depending on the levels of course) but it can cause havoc with plumbing pipes, fixtures and appliances like your washing machine. You'll start to notice the "rust" stains in toilets, tubs and the washing machine when bleach is used the stains can transfer to clothes. You need to find out wether it's ferrous iron or ferric iron. Anyplace that sells/rents or installs water softner systems can test the water for the level and recommend the right equipment to deal with it. In our case our well water was so high in iron that we needed a seperate iron removal system along with a water softner...
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Bagota
I noticed this as well, i'm in northwest Brampton.
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Oakville
If it's oakville area, it's probably clay sediments.
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If it comes off easily when you clean it, it's probably iron bacteria.
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i live in laval, quebec ( suburb off montreal).

Iron bacteria....what is that?
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Tami wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2007 3:17 pm
I noticed this as well, i'm in northwest Brampton.
I noticed this too and I'm in SouthEast Brampton. Kind of has me thinking that I should invest in a water softner/purifyer. I'll probaly go with CSK'sMom's advice!!!!

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Bacterial iron is just another form of iron in the water. It's bacterial in nature as the name suggests redsilk.

Sunny, just do your research if you choose to install a softner and/or other water treatment equipment. Let them all come and do the water testing, then research like crazy with the numbers in hand. We really miss our water softner and will probably end up putting a system in the house.
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Let's say redsilk was to go on vacation for a month and nobody was home to clean the red ring, would it leave a permanent stain?
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Ironballz wrote:
Aug 25th, 2007 1:23 am
Let's say redsilk was to go on vacation for a month and nobody was home to clean the red ring, would it leave a permanent stain?
No. It comes off with toilet bowl cleaner and a brush. I went away on vacation for a few weeks and noticed this in my toilets - quick scrub and it was all gone.
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fortunekitty500 wrote:
Aug 25th, 2007 5:57 pm
No. It comes off with toilet bowl cleaner and a brush. I went away on vacation for a few weeks and noticed this in my toilets - quick scrub and it was all gone.
thanks fortunekitty. Now I don't have to worry when I go on vacation :)
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Victoria
Similar thing in Victoria. We have lived here for years, but just since moving into our new house, my wife has been pointing this out to me (I actually looked for it today and found it in our shower. I wonder if the copper piping in the older houses produced something that is toxic to it and that's why we didn't see it before. Any other ideas?
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Binbrook
We get it in our new house in Binbrook, ON and we even have the PEX Piping, not Copper.
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