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Acidic Water

What is acidic water?

If your water has a low pH (less than seven) it is considered acidic. Acidic water passes through hard rock formations, such as granite or marble, and is not able to naturally absorb rock sediment. So, it will eat away at all the metal with which it comes into contact. Acidic water can affect the taste and quality of your water, as well as household pipes and fixtures. While your water is acidic, your pipes tend to corrode at a higher rate (especially metal). However, plastic or concrete pipes can be resistant to corrosion. This process will leave you with pinhole leaks and blue and green stains in your sinks, tubs, toilets and fixtures. This is even more of a concern if your house has copper piping with lead solder because you could potentially be leaching copper and lead into your water.

Solution: Many of these problems can be corrected by having Carroll Water install a tank that contains calcite (crushed lime stone). This is called an Acid Neutralizer. However, if you have very low pH, a proportionate feed pump system that injects a high pH solution into your water may be needed.

More signs that you may have acidic water:

  • Metal taste in water
  • Water that is red or blue-green colored
  • Red or blue-green stains are present on your porcelain (if you have iron or copper pipes)
  • Slow water flow/pressure
  • Accelerated deterioration of pipes

 
Staying ahead of water issues like this can save you thousands of dollars. We know that your plumbing is something that is used on a daily basis, let us help find you the easiest solution to your problem.

If you want to check to see if you have acidic water or a low pH issue, or would like to have your water tested contaminants, contact a water treatment specialist here at Carroll Water.

Water-Related Diseases: Arsenicosis – World Health Organization
Basic Information about Arsenic in Drinking Water – Environmental Protection Agency – 9/17/13
Arsenic in Drinking Water – Natural Resource Defense Council – 2/12/09
Radium and Your Drinking Water – The Department of the Environment, State of Maryland – 7/9/15
Basic Information about the Radionuclides Rule – Environmental Protection Agency – 3/6/12
MTBE – American Cancer Society – 7/17/14
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) – Environmental Protection Agency – 11/15/14