Raising the pH in well water

Low pH acid water causes stains
Low pH well water can cause blue or green stains on sinks, pipes and fixtures. You must raise the pH.
acidic low pH well water is acid water
Acidic low pH water can cause pinhole leaks in plumbing and copper pipes. Acid water damages water softeners, iron filters and sulfur filters. You must raise it before filtering.

Have you ever noticed blue or green staining on sinks, filters, toilets or other places your water touches? Do you have copper plumbing in your home? If the answer is yes to both of these questions, you likely have low pH water. Low pH water is very common in many parts of the country and is usually a clear indication of acidic water (a pH lower than 7) reacting with the copper producing corrosive staining. It is essentially “Melting” the copper into the water and should be corrected immediately. Failure to do so will almost certainly end with pinhole leaks springing up on your pipes eventually.

Obviously you would not want to drink this water. pH values below 6.5 are below the EPA safe drinking water standard and we don’t think you should drink water below 7.0. Water with pH below 7.0, which is considered neutral, can still leach metal from pipes, fixtures and connections into the water. Houses with copper pipes installed before 1987 are also very likely to have lead solder holding the pipes together, which is another reason not to drink the water. When filtering iron or metallic tastes out of your home drinking water you also should have a pH of at least 7.5 or higher to achieve the best results.  If it is corroding copper piping, just imagine what it could do to your body.  There many ways to raise the pH of your drinking water. One is by using a Chemical Injection System to inject Soda Ash into low pH water. That is usually the cheapest method and works well on mildly acidic water. Another way to raise the pH of your household water is by using a Backwashing Acid Neutralizing System which uses crushed limestone to increase the pH in water. The difference in application depends on the pH reading of the water and several other factors.  Please feel free to contact a friendly expert at budgetwater.com by calling 1-800-684-0979. They are not allowed to ask you to buy anything and will just answer your questions and give you friendly helpful advice. Call them now.


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6 Comments on “Raising the pH in well water

  1. Excellent info about the low pH water and if i get any of the symptoms i will check the pH of the water.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing such a useful information with us. Although by general observation, I came to know that water has some percentage of PH in it. But how I can detect the exact PH level ???

    • You can take a fresh sample to the local swimming pool supply store for testing. They will usually do it for free. Or you can buy an inexpensive pH tester at the swimming pool supply store, or on our website, and test it your self. You can always send us a sample and we can do a number of tests for free. We also have paid laboratory testing for things such as harmful bacteria, sulfur, heavy metals, pesticides and required tests for buying a home or getting a home loan. Just give one of our friendly techs a quick call for a discussion of your situation. Toll free: 800-684-0979.

  3. Great post. Thank you for pointing out ways to recognize low pH levels. That would be terrible if someone got sick from that water.

    • You are welcome Todd. And always remember that you can contact our friendly water techs anytime for information about ANY sort of water problem. Our techs do not work on commission and are not allowed to ask you to buy anything or pressure you in any way. They just answer your questions and help you figure out what you need to do, even if you never buy anything at all from us. We are truly here to help. Just call 800-684-0979 for assistance. Or you can email us at info@waterfiltersofamerica.com

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