Have you ever returned from vacation to a leaking pipe? Maybe you have seen blue-greenish staining on your pipes. Or maybe your water heaters do not last as long they did at your previous residence. If this is something that you can relate to there is a good chance the problem lies with your water. Water can cause corrosion because of a number of different concerns, however the most famous reason for corrosion caused by water is the pH level.
We have all been in science class in our younger years and learned about pH. However aside from scientist and chemist we also all forgot what it means. pH stands for potential Hydrogen and is a measure of hydrogen Ions. pH levels range from 0-14. By now, this is starting to ring some bells down memory lane, and as you keep walking you now remember that 7 is neutral anything below 7 is acidic leaving everything and anything that is above 7.0 pH to be basic. Or for those who aren’t “basic” types you will remember the word alkaline. When we are talking about your water, acidic water is a potential cause of the corrosion of your metal pipes, water heaters or any other metals your water may come in contact with.
Corrosion can be complicated, but to simplify corrosion resulting from pH. Lower pH will have a higher concentration of Hydrogen ions. As these ions react with the metal pipes, they oxidize the metal and begin to break it down. As this continues for extended periods of time, the pipes will eventually grow thin and form cracks. This can cause water stains in ceilings or flood in your finished basements. In most cases you will see early warnings such as blue-green pipes or pinhole leaks. During these early warnings, even though you may not have flooded the basement it is likely that your water has been contaminated because of acidic water. Lead, copper, iron and steel all can be leached from the pipes and is now in your drinking water. Depending on the concentration of these metals in your water, your health can be at risk.
If your water is acidic. Don’t fret. There’s hope. To treat acidic water a neutralizer can be added to your water system. An acid neutralizer increases the pH level by adding calcium bicarbonate to your water. Adding this media will increase your pH level. Typically, we like to see water pH levels range from 7.0-7.5.
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If you are noticing any signs of corrosive, we would love to help you! Although corrosive water is not always a pH problem, a simple call to one of our water specialists would start the process of finding out exactly what is causing the corrosion. After a proper diagnostic we will be able to recommend the right equipment for your water and your household.
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