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Old 05-16-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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We've been seeing random stains on our clothes (that were not stained before wash) that appear after washing and have tried a few things to see if it would go away and it hasn't. Anyone else experience this?

We think our next step is to have the water tested. Any recommendations of a reliable company that can test our water and perhaps assist with our situation?
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Do you have city water or well water? How old is the washing machine?
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:02 PM
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Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I think it's hard to go wrong with Culligan where ever you happen to be.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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We're on City and we just replaced the washing machine in Jan thinking it would solve the problem but it hasn't.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:19 PM
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Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Since city water usually is treated well and does not usually have minerals in it that will stain then it could be a couple of different things. Let me ask you, Do your sinks and toilets get stained?
Most times stains on clothing are caused by some type of iron in the water. This iron can come from different sources. Old rusted galvanized pipes in the house are one sounce of iron in your water and old iron watermains are another. This type of iron is not in solution and you can usually see a few flakes of iron in the water. The other type is in solution and the water is crystal clear but stains everything red. A water softener can remove up to, well I forget how much but it can handle small amounts. If the iron is coming from the pipes inside your house then you will have to replace them with copper. It's a good idea anyway as those old pipes often have high levels of lead in them. Like I advised in my earlier post, call out the water experts for an look see. Be very careful thery do not sell you something you do not need. I don't know where you are located but around here Culligan is honest and know what they are doing. Usually they rent equipment if you would rather rent than buy. I would rent if I was not planning to stay in the house less than 5 years. Otherwise buy. Get it in writing that the water companies solution is GUARANTEED to solve your problem.

Just to start off get the water analyzed to find out how much of WHAT is in it.
Good luck with it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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I have noticed new yellow stains in my kitchen sink (city water), and can't seem to get them out with cleaner....I thought it could have something to do with the water (honestly, it's the only thing that makes any sense), but maybe my sink is just...wearing?
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