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Iron Bacteria~A Basement Waterproofer’s Nemesis

Posted on September 18, 2012

Iron Bacteria~A Basement Waterproofer’s Nemesis

    When you've been in business for as long as Arid Basement Waterproofing has, you come across certain situations that challenge and force you to find a solution.  One particular situation that fits this bill is iron bacteria. A naturally occurring substance, it's found from time to time in the soil due to high iron (ferrous) content. Iron bacteria is harmless to you and your pets, but it could have an odor to it, similar to rotten vegetables or a murky swamp. It looks like brownish, orange slime coating everything it comes in contact with and leaves a rust-like residue when cleaned up. From "Iron bacteria are bacteria that derive the energy they need to live and multiply by oxidizing dissolved ferrous iron (or the less frequently available manganese). The resulting ferric oxide is insoluble, and appears as brown gelatinous slime that will stain plumbing fixtures, and clothing or utensils washed with the water carrying it."

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