When you use well water, there are a few extra things you need to account for. The pH balance of your water can affect not just your water quality, but the health of your plumbing and appliances, as well.
The Importance of Checking Your pH Levels
The pH scale is a tool for determining how acidic a solution is. Here is a simple way to remember what pH values mean:
- pH of 0 to 6: Acidic. Battery acid has a pH value of 0, while black coffee is around a 5.
- pH of 7: Pure water. This is ‘neutral’ water, and it’s the healthiest for consumption.
- pH of 8 to 14: Basic. Drain cleaner has a pH value of 14, and baking soda is about a 9.
Why is this important? Municipal water supplies may contain water with acidic values, but this is far more common in untreated well water. If your well water has a pH level of 6 or lower, it is not only more unpleasant (and sometimes dangerous) to drink, but it can start to corrode your plumbing, water lines, and fixtures. This can lead to hefty repair bills if the problem isn’t solved.
That’s where a water neutralizer comes in. It’s a safer water treatment than a chemical feed pump might be, and it effectively removes any acid from your well water.
Using a water neutralizer can protect your plumbing, fixtures, and appliances (like a hot water heater). Excessively acidic water can eat through metal eventually, and can even carry sediment and iron that you don’t want to be drinking.
To test your well water and get a free estimate on a water neutralizer, call Goold Wells & Pumps today. We’re happy to answer your questions and fix your well water problems!