Published: January 13, 2015

    Understanding pH Neutralizer Systems

    Acidic water wreaks havoc on a house’s plumbing and water-based equipment, resulting in leaks, corrosion, and significantly shortened appliance life. A pH neutralizer combats these problems, and helps prevent health problems associated with acidic water.

    Understanding pH
    A liquid’s pH rating measures its acidity or alkaline properties on a scale of 0 to 14. Low pH values are acidic, while high values are considered basic, or alkaline. Solutions with a pH of 7 are perfectly balanced between acidity and alkalinity and considered neutral. Pure water, for instance, has a pH very close to 7.

    Pure water, of course, isn’t commonly found either in nature or municipal water supplies. Most surface water has a pH range of 6.5 to 8.5, while groundwater pH values range from 6 to 8.5. Water with a ph of 6.5 or less is acidic enough to cause household and health problems.

    Effects of Acidic Water
    Acidic water is corrosive, leaching heavy metals such as iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, and even lead from the surrounding environment. When acidic water corrodes plumbing, it can cause pinhole leaks and pipe failure long before the end of a pipe’s normal life cycle. The same corrosive qualities cause serious damage to dishwashers, washing machines, hot water heaters, and other water-based appliances.

    Acidic water will cause green-blue stains on sinks and bathtubs, and can stain laundry. You may notice drinking water has a metallic, sour taste, or that your water-specific appliances require frequent repair, maintenance, and replacement.

    Ph Neutralizers
    A pH neutralizer system raises the pH of water. Some systems use calcium and magnesium media, which increase water alkalinity on contact. Others use small pumps to inject tiny amounts of sodium carbonate into the water. In either case, the end result is the same: water with a more neutral pH value.

    Who Needs a pH Neutralizer System?
    Anyone with acidic water can benefit from a pH neutralizer, but such systems are especially important for people who rely on wells for their water supply. Groundwater can be more acidic than surface water, and is more likely to be exposed to factors that increase acidity, such as mining runoff and plant decomposition. Acidic groundwater can also come into contact with natural or man-made metal deposits, increasing the risk of metal toxicity.

    If you suspect you have acidic or contaminated water, you should test your water supply using a simple water test kit. A high-quality pH neutralizer from Pelican extends the life of your plumbing and appliances while protecting your family’s health.