How to fix Perth’s Great Stain in 7 minutes

Nov 18, 2018

Iron Staining in Perth

For those who don’t know what iron staining looks like, you will have seen it as the dirty brown and orange stain on pavements, gardens and roads.  It comes up from the ground, through bore water systems and out of sprinklers and hoses. 

See Before/After below

Over time the colour builds up and before you know it, you’ve been hit by Perth’s Great Stain. 

Some areas of Perth are more prone it than others; Mt Lawley, Applecross and Attadale are suburbs that are among the worst in Perth. You can see it on driveways all along the street – if it isn’t removed.

Here is what is happening…

Iron staining is most common in areas where groundwater is high and impurities are concentrated. As water is brought up to the surface in our water, iron comes with it. Suitable water treatment systems will remove iron and in conjunction with dripline irrigation it is never a problem. But with older systems and less sophisticated installation iron will get through to the surface. 

When the impurities mix with oxygen they change to the nasty brown colour you can recognise on your paving and garden.

Fixing it

In the video below you can see the Before/ After of the acid cleaning process. 

A weak acid is applied to the stained area and washed off later. It is just liking brushing your teeth and even more satisfying. Leave the acid to work its magic and come back 7 minutes later to wash it off. 

You can get it washed off but unless you fix the problem, The Great Stain will return. So what we do is install the right water treatment system to remove impurities.  It is a quick fix for us, that we have learnt how to perfect and fix. 80% of these issues are us fixing the poor installations of prior water systems. 

Call us to get your iron staining cleaned and fixed for good.

Director – Nigel Thompson
Phone: 9313 1299
Email: 
nigel@earthandwater.com.au

Dinusha S
Dinusha S
12:41 04 Feb 18
We love our new lawn and garden beds! Earth and Water were great to work with and very accommodating in helping us setup a low maintenance yard with lots of room to grow over time =)
Olga Ward
Olga Ward
02:09 16 Feb 15
Earth and Water were recommended to us when building our home. They have been involved in designing all of our irrigation, rainwater tanks, greywater system and now some green walls as well. We've found them to be friendly, efficient and very persistent when something brand new [and there's a lot with our home that was pretty new technology when it was installed] doesn't work properly. We're very happy with the way the system is designed and how well it all works. And the ability to translate a concept to a practical design has been amazing! thanks to all of you.
Russell Ward
Russell Ward
13:16 11 Feb 15
We have had a great experience with using Earth and Water for our gardens. After 4 attempts with other companies we had almost given up hope of creating the right garden for our home. After our experience with the creation of our vertical garden by Earth and Water (an awesome feature of our new internal courtyard) we asked Nigel to consider what he would do with the sloping front yard. It turned out fantastically and really complements the front of our house (we are talking about re-levelling, walls, plants, fence and reticulation – the lot). Our relationship continued to the large backyard and at last we have a backyard we enjoy being in – fun and practical. We have really enjoyed the creative process, have been very well treated and highly recommend Earth and Water to our friends!
VIRGIN BORES
VIRGIN BORES
12:28 11 Feb 15
We value our reputation at Virgin Bores just as much as Nigel does at Earth and Water..... No hesitation in recommending our clients to Nigel for specialist attention from a true professional in irrigation and water management. Had plenty of customers thank us over the years for the referral. Nigel's expertise in sub surface and drip irrigation are recognised industry wide. Important though with sub surface irrigation that service and maintenance recommendations are adhered to. Just ask Nigel for advice.
geoff mclaughlin
geoff mclaughlin
10:02 11 Feb 15
Earth and Water were contacted to help develop a landscape design when we redeveloped our dental practice on Canning Highway in 2008. We were struggling to create a design that would work adjacent our rear car park which had a sloping block. We also wanted to create an appealing frontage for our business. I met with the owner of Earth and Water, Nigel Thompson to discuss our landscaping and reticulation needs. Nigel is a genius with a natural eye for design and creative ideas and thanks to him we were able to create a beautiful garden that is commented on consistently. Nigel was able to share his passion and due to his tireless enthusiasm we were completely satisfied with the results. As the owner of Earth and Water he has always given us his complete attention and over the last years whenever there has been issues with maintenance Nigel and his team at Earth and Water are always there for us to keep our garden blooming. Always highly recommended.
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