A simple pH test will tell you the acidity level of your home’s water. pH is an indicator of the acid or alkaline condition of water. The pH scale ranges from 0-14, with a rating of 7 indicating the neutral point. Low pH values are acidic, while high values are considered basic, or alkaline.

July 12, 2018

Counteracting Acidic Water

Cape Cod’s water supply suffers from many deficiencies, ranging from chemical infiltration to e. coli contamination. Another common problem? Nearly all well water on Cape Cod is slightly acidic, with low pH values.

Acidic water can leach unhealthy levels of copper from pipes, causing corrosion and leading to greenish-blue stains on fixtures. You might first notice such stains in your bathtub or kitchen sink. Low pH water can drastically shorten the life of pipes, plumbing fixtures, dishwashers, washing machines, and hot water heaters.

A simple pH test will tell you the acidity level of your home’s water. pH is an indicator of the acid or alkaline condition of water. The pH scale ranges from 0-14, with a rating of 7 indicating the neutral point. Low pH values are acidic, while high values are considered basic, or alkaline.

If your water has a pH of 7 or less then it is considered acidic and it should be treated. The most effective and efficient solution is an acid neutralizing water filter, like those available from our AquaSafe division. Our whole house acid neutralizing water filter uses naturally materials (crushed and screened white marble and calcium carbonate) to neutralize low pH water to a safer, less corrosive level of acidity.

Here’s how it works. As low pH acidic water passes through the filter, the calcium carbonate slowly dissolves into the water, which raises the pH to a neutral level. An automatic backwashing process cleans the bed and prevents compaction. Typically, an acid neutralizing water filter will last approximately three years under normal residential use before it needs to be replaced.

You can get a pH test kit at your local pool supply store. Or call us at (508) 388-1009 and we will help you determine whether your home’s water is acidic, and discuss your options to filter your water so that it is safer for your pipes, and healthier for your family.

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