What Are Iron Bacteria?

New Hampshire Basements are prone to Iron Bacteria

Iron Bacteria in Basements

Iron bacteria are a natural part of the environment. Iron bacteria are small living organisms that naturally occur in soil, shallow groundwater, and surface waters. These nuisance bacteria combine iron (or manganese) and oxygen to form deposits of “rust,” bacterial cells, and a slimy material that sticks the bacteria to well pipes, pumps, and plumbing fixtures. The bacteria are not known to cause disease but can cause undesirable stains, tastes, and odors. This is a common issue in New Hampshire, but luckily, Rescon is here to help. 

These microorganisms work to combine dissolved iron or manganese with oxygen and use it to form rust-colored deposits. In this combination and conversion process, the bacteria produce a brown slime that builds up on drains, pipes, and plumbing fixtures. This sticky slime which is typically rusty in color, but may be yellow, brown, or grey. A “feathery,” or filamentous growth may also be seen, particularly in standing water such as a toilet tank.

The characteristics listed above are typical of iron bacteria. However, objectionable stains, tastes, or odors may be due to other causes including iron, sulfate, hydrogen sulfide, manganese, or other nuisance organisms such as sulfur bacteria.

Effects of Iron Bacteria

Iron bacteria in wells do not cause health problems, but they can have the following unpleasant and possibly expensive effects: Cause odors, Corrode plumbing equipment, clog pipes, clog drainage systems, and increase chances of sulfur bacteria infestation. Iron bacteria can cause damage to pipes due to deposition of iron compounds, resulting in clogging tuberculation of pipes and red water.

Preventing Iron BacteriaIron Bacteria in Nature

Prevention is the best safeguard against accompanying problems. Iron bacteria are nourished by carbon and other organics, and it is essential that they not be introduced into any part of a drainage system. Because it is difficult to get rid of iron bacteria once they exist, it is best to isolate it and try to control it rather than trying to completely “cure” the problem.

Some information courtesy of MN Dept. of Health

Contact Rescon for Help with Iron Bacteria in Your New England Area Basement

Rescon has the solutions to solve your basement issues, including iron bacteria problems. Call us today to schedule service. 

Common Basement Problems

Water Seeping into the Basement
Cracks in the Basement Floor or Wall Cracks
High Humidity in the Basement
Mold and Mildew Problems
Odors and Smelly Basements
What is Iron Bacteria?
Wet Flooded Basements in all Seasons

“I have been a Rescon customer for 3 years. From day one they have been great. From the initial call, to the friendly staff, to the clean and efficient work, everything is top motch. Typically, I have only needed them for yearly maintenance, but recently we had a major storm and my pump stopped running. I contacted them through their website, recieved a call shortly after, and an after-hours tech was dispatched. Their prompt follow up saved me from a flooded basement and the destruction of personal property. Short answer, these guys are great!”

Homeowners Can Rely on Rescon
To Create Dry, Beautiful, Healthy Basements
Get Started on Your Project Today
Contact Us
We Utilize the Industry’s Most Advanced Technology
To Deliver Effective, Long-Lasting Results
Foundation Repair
Sump Pump Systems
Basement Humidity Control
Bulkheads and Cellar Doors
Crawlspace Remediation
Concerned About Cracks?
We Can Fix Them

Not all basement cracks are cause for concern. However, if you’re foundation is at risk, we’ll utilize the industry’s most advanced technology to seal and strengthen basement and wall fissures.

Contact Us
Learn More
Seasonal Flooding?
We’ll Keep Your Basement Dry

We offer both primary and battery backup sump pump systems with advanced features that provide exceptional performance. Plus, you can count on us to provide ongoing service for your equipment to ensure long-lasting protection.

Contact Us
Learn More
Dehumidifier Systems
Specifically Designed for Basements

The dehumidifiers you’ll find in big box stores simply can’t provide the results you want. We install high-performance dehumidification systems that operate effectively in large, damp spaces to help keep your basement dry and prevent mold growth.

Contact Us
Learn More
Industry-Leading Products
Installed Using Advanced Technology

Outdated or damaged bulkhead doors and egress windows allow water infiltration that can result in costly damage and mold growth. We install industry-leading products using advanced cutting technology to create a long-lasting, weathertight seal.

Contact Us
Learn More
Crawlspace Solutions
Tailored to Your Needs

Unfinished crawlspaces can result in problems ranging from the emission of potentially harmful gases to high moisture levels. Our comprehensive encapsulation solutions can protect your family’s health and prevent mold growth and other water-related damage.

Contact Us
Learn More
What Sets Us Apart from Other Basement Contractors?
Meet the owner

Chris founded Rescon in 1996 and is actively working with his team everyday to deliver superior quality, value and customer service

Listen to Chris
Outstanding Reputation

We put our customers first and always provide reliable service, honest evaluations, and tailored solutions.

See Our Reviews
Advanced Solutions

All of our products offer industry-leading performance, and we install them using proven techniques and high-tech equipment.

Our Solutions

Explore Our Basement Waterproofing and
Foundation Repair Solutions

See for Yourself What We Can Do

Get Started

“Today is the final day of our basement refinishing project with RESCON and we couldn't be happier with the entire experience! From our initial request for an estimate, through to the finish, Rescon has been, by far, the best company we have worked with in our 34 years of home ownership! We highly recommend Rescon Basement Solutions.”

See What Our Customers Have to Say!