Acidic Water and How to Treat It.

In life, one needs balance. All work and no play, and you may quickly burn out. All play and no work? Eventually, those pesky bill collectors come calling. Our bodies, too, need balance in the form of a certain pH level – 7.364 to be exact (or as close to it as you can get). Anything higher and you’re veering toward alkalinity. Anything lower and your body can become overly acidic.

Home drinking water is no different. If you have city water, you probably have nothing to worry about. But well water? The pH is often lower than it should be. When it rains, for example, carbon dioxide dissolves and allows carbonic acid to form. As rainwater saturates the ground, it enters your well, thus lowering the pH level.

Higher acidity affects the taste and can cause plumbing pipes, fixtures, water heaters, and heating elements to corrode prematurely. That, in turn, can lay down a welcome mat for other water-borne contaminants that you are much better off living without.  

How would you know if your water is acidic? Here are 5 telltale signs.

  1. Tap water has a metallic taste.
  2. Red stains on bathtubs, shower floors, and sinks, especially if copper or brass plumbing fixtures are present.
  3. Blue stains on tubs, shower floors and sinks if steel plumbing fixtures are present.
  4. Low water pressure that cannot otherwise be explained.
  5. Premature corrosion and deterioration of pipes, fixtures, water heaters, and water-using appliances.
  6. Acidic water damages your teeth over time. Your mouth is already filled with many natural acids that break down food and bacteria. Trying to clean it with more acid via acidic water will only have a counterproductive effect.
  7. The leaching of metals from acidic water often leads to a gastrointestinal upset. Whenever you’re overexposed to zinc residue from pipes, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting can follow; you can even get these same symptoms upon overexposure to copper.

Now for the good news – you don’t need to put up with acidic water, or any water quality problem, for that matter. A simple water quality test can determine if your water supply is contaminated or has a low pH level. And, based on the findings, we offer an array of water quality solutions to fit your needs and budget. To learn more and schedule a test of your water supply, contact Plumbtastic today. We are your local plumbing, drain, and water filtration experts.

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