IRON OCHRE ANALYSIS

Iron ochre analysis | SolAirEau Group

IRON OCHRE ANALYSIS

Have you noticed the presence of reddish deposits in your drains? SolAirEau Group professionals conduct iron ochre analysis for the past 5 years in Québec. Ask for a free quote.

 

WHAT IS IRON OCHRE?

Iron ochre is the result of a chemical reaction or biological activity that produces a reddish muddy deposit on the walls of the drain. When the iron naturally present in some soils comes into contact with the air and water inside  the drain a chemical reaction occurs forming an iron hydroxide sludge.

 

WHY DO YOU NEED AN IRON OCHRE ANALYSIS?

The reddish mudd can block the perforated drains around the foundations of your home as well as the basement. These blocked drains can result in water infiltration in your basement.

 

TYPES OF IRON OCHRE

Some ochre deposits may be of bacterial origin when Ferrobacteria (Gallionella, Leptothris and Spaerotilus) present in groundwater causes the formation of a gelatinous substance when in contact with the air and the oxidation of iron.

Also, a few environmental factors can accelerate the chemical or biological reaction, such as the pH of the soil when it is neutral, the shape of the drain (curled or grooved) or the presence of sandy soil.

 

IRON OCHRE ANALYSIS PROCESS

An assessment of current conditions can help determine the presence of iron ocher. The iron ochre analysis consists in determining the potential for clogging by taking a sample of water inside the drainage system and analyzing the pH, the bacterial activity and the amount of iron.

 

 

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