Red / Orange stains may be caused by Iron in the water. Iron is found in natural deposits and can cause many problems for anyone using water that has a high content of it. Iron may cause ugly stains that are difficult to remove. Alan’s Insights: Iron in the water can be extremely troublesome. The staining can absolutely destroy the things in your home. Iron can be removed by several different methods depending upon the severity of the problem. A water softener will catch some Iron as a part of the ion exchange process which will cause the Iron to attach to the resin. This is very limited and it is difficult for the sodium to remove the Iron during regeneration. If you are using a water softener to remove Iron you would want to clean the resin bed frequently with a resin bed cleaner designed for the purpose. For more severe Iron problems a more intense treatment is required. Chlorine can be used to oxidize the Iron. There are also many types of coated sands and media designed for the purpose of removing Iron from the water. My favorite, of course is our own Aquadizer . We put together all the best known technologies and created a machine that is fully adaptable to almost any well water problem. For help with this problem call us at 512-756-7710 or email us at [email protected] Alan’s insights are observations made by Alan over decades of experience but are in no way intended to diagnose a specific problem. Every water system challenge is unique in it’s own way and a licensed professional should always be consulted before applying any treatment option.