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What Does the pH Level of Water Mean?

When it comes to drinking water, it is important to know what your pH level is. If your water’s pH level is too low or too high, it can have adverse affects on your health, the taste of your water, and your pipes and fixtures.

The pH of water is measured on a scale of 0-14, with 7 being neutral. Water below a pH of 7 is classed as Acidic and water with a pH above 7 being more Alkaline (or basic). The ideal measurement for drinking water should be between 6.5 – 8.5.

When water has a pH of less than 6.5 the water becomes too acidic and could be corrosive to plumbing. As the water travels through your pipes, it can leach metals including iron, manganese, copper, lead, and zinc. These toxic metals may end up in your family’s drinking water. In addition to the health concerns, water that is too acidic or too basic can have an adverse effect on taste and odour, can cause staining, corrosion, damage sinks, bathtubs and drains with a bluish-green colour.

Installation of a Water Depot pH Neutralizer can balance the pH level of your water to within safe levels before it enters your home. A pH neutralizer works by adding a mineral solution into the water to prevent it from reacting with your pipes, affecting water treatment systems, eliminating health and plumbing concerns.

Conversely, water that is high on the pH scale it is often found to be high in mineral content and is usually found in areas with ground water wells. As water flows through the ground, it dissolves minerals that can impact its pH level. Signs that you have water that is more alkaline includes scale build-up on fixtures and plumbing, and a bitter taste. Water high in pH may be lowered by a custom water treatment system suited to your specific water chemistry.

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