Low pH creates more problems than just poor flavor—acidic water increases the risk of lead contamination. If you suspect your water pH is too low, an acid neutralizer could be the perfect solution.
When you choose Atlantic Blue Water Services, our water treatment specialists will ensure your home or business has safe, clean water. We’ll conduct a water test and help determine if an acid neutralizer is the right fix for your water supply—and if it isn’t, we’ll find a water treatment option that is.
What Causes Acidic Water?
Whether you have city water or a well, all drinking water comes from the same place: surface or groundwater.
Both water sources are influenced by minerals in the soil where they originate as well as the continued addition of rainwater. Rainwater is mildly acidic and can be made more so by air pollution. Heavy vegetation near the water source will also increase acidity.
In short, acidic water isn’t something that typically originates in your home or business—it starts at the source—but you can fix it before it enters your plumbing system, and you should. Acidic water deteriorates pipes and other plumbing materials made of steel, brass, copper, or iron.
Why Is Acidic Water Dangerous?
Not only can low water pH pipe corrosion lead to a costly repair or replacement bill, but it can release dangerous heavy metals into your drinking water.
While something like low levels of iron is unlikely to cause harm beyond stained sinks and tubs, lead poisoning is proven to cause brain, nerve, and kidney damage. Copper may cause blood issues like anemia or circulation problems, while other metals have been correlated with various types of cancer.
To ensure the safety of your drinking water, it’s crucial to neutralize acidity. The first step is knowing how to spot a problem.
Early Indicators of Low pH Levels
The early warning signs of low water pH are subtle and can be easy to miss. If you haven’t had your water tested previously, we highly recommend doing so whether you notice signs of a problem or not—we offer free water tests and analysis— you have nothing to lose.
That out of the way, here are a few signs that you may have acidic water:
- Frequent pipe clogs or leaks
- Slow draining sinks and tubs
- A metallic taste to your drinking water
- Red or green-blue discoloration in your toilet tank, sinks, or tub
While long-term exposure to acidic water can definitely lead to costly repair projects, treating the water itself is easy and affordable—just make one phone call. Our technicians will test your water pH and coordinate a plan to get the situation under control.
What Are Acid Neutralizers?
An acid neutralizer system uses natural minerals to increase the pH of your water supply at the main. That way, it never has a chance to corrode your pipes or make its way into your cup.
Calcite (also known as calcium carbonate) and magnesium oxide work together to neutralize contaminated water as it passes through the neutralizer. A good system will also have a way to control the backwash and keep the mineral bed clean.
It’s not an install it and forget it system, but you’ll find maintaining your acid neutralizer is simpler and less expensive than dealing with the repercussions inevitably caused by a low water pH.
Once or twice a year (depending on your water usage), simply call one of our technicians to add more minerals to your water tank. Alternately, we can set you up on a planned maintenance program so that you don’t even have to call us—we’ll get in touch with you to schedule the best time for a visit.
A properly maintained acid neutralizer:
- Prevents or decreases the risk of heavy metal contamination in your water
- Keeps pipes in good shape to reduce the chance of costly repair or replacement bills
- Ensures your drinking water tastes amazing
Acid Neutralizer and Water Treatment Solutions You Can Count On
At Atlantic Blue Water Services, we believe that everyone in our community deserves access to efficient, professional testing and water treatment services. That’s why we offer free water testing. We serve all of central Maryland, including Adams, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and York County.
You can count on our team for accurate water analysis and cost-effective solutions for acidic water and much more! Our water treatment services are the best in the state, and we can remedy all manner of water supply issues from high sulfur content to hard water and everything in between. When we’re done, you can rest assured that your drinking water is safe, pure—and delicious.