How does my water become Acidic or Basic?

pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a diluted solution. The optimum range for the pH of drinking water is between 6.5 and 8.5. Pure water has a pH very close to 7 at 25°C. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic (or alkaline). Low pH can cause your water to have a metallic or sour taste, may leave blue-green stains on sinks and drains, and cause laundry staining. High pH can make your water taste bitter, cause scale formation and decrease the efficiency of electric water heaters.

High or low pH can lead to a number of poor and even dangerous conditions in water. Health effects are most pronounced in pH extremes. Drinking water with a pH below 4 or above 11 can cause skin, eye, and mucous membrane irritation. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that extreme pH levels can worsen existing skin conditions.

Acidic water can also cause corrosion of plumbing, contributing to the presence of iron, copper, manganese, zinc and other harmful minerals in your water. Leaching of heavy metals from plumbing pipes can have adverse effects on the gastrointestinal system. Overexposure to zinc and copper from corroded plumbing can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Lead overexposure from corroded plumbing can contribute to neurological and reproductive problems such as seizures, hearing loss, and miscarriages.

The telltale signs of acidic water - if you have copper pipes - are blue or green stains in the bottom of your tub or sinks. If you have low pH, acidic water not only can create these stains, but can also, over time, damage your copper water pipes and create pin-hole leaks. By installing an acid neutralizer you can possibly slow down or stop the problem at its source. Essentially, this can save you a lot of money in the long run by not damaging your expensive fixtures, appliances, and copper water pipes.

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Do I Have Acidic or Basic Water?  If you suspect a problem and your drinking water comes from a private well, you should have the well tested.  If you have a pH problem (Acidic or Basic Water) or any other contaminant is found RAdata can install Water Treatment systems to treat any water problem.


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Acidic or Basic Water?
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Treatment: Neutralizer


pH treatment is accomplished by neutralizing the water with the use of an automatic neutralizing filter. The filter tank is filled with a blend of calcium and magnesium carbonates (commonly referred to as neutralizing mix) made from naturally occurring minerals, which dissolve into the water, making it less corrosive. An automatic back washing unit cleans the media bed and prevents compaction of the media, which keeps the system operating efficiently.

The neutralizing mix adjusts the pH of the water in a sacrificial process. The neutralizing mix will eventually be depleted, requiring a refill. Your neutralizing tank will need to be filled with neutralizing mix annually in order to continue to adjust the pH.

PCC Cartridge (for prior corrosion): If you are concerned about prior corrosion, there is a filter cartridge which can be installed in conjunction with pH treatment called a Hexametaphosphate PCC Cartridge (FDA grade). This cartridge releases food-grade hexametaphosphate that forms a protective coating on metal surfaces, safeguarding against acidity/alkalinity, hardness, chloride, and other factors which effect the corrosion of water equipment and pipes. The cartridge will need to be replaced every 6 months to 1 year, depending on water usage.

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