Although your water may look, smell and even taste fine, it may be corrosive. Many people find this fact hard to grasp; they may believe that their incoming water supply is fine, and they are correct. In fact, the primary cause of corrosive water isn’t the water quality itself; the real cause is the interaction between the pH level of the water and particles in the plumbing system. Obviously, it is not easy to see inside your water pipes, but there are some indicators. Here are three warning signs that you may have a corrosive water problem in your home.
- You are a Well Water User
Many well water users don’t have a problem with corrosive water, but well water does tend to have a lower than average pH balance when compared to public water supplies. A low pH balance can cause the water to have corrosive properties that can gradually corrode the inner surfaces of water carrying pipes. Eventually, this may lead to pinhole leaks and pipe failures leading to water leaks and extensive damage that’s expensive to repair. If you’ve noticed that you get a lot of small water leaks and you’re a well water user, it’s a good idea to get your water tested.
- Your Water Has a Metallic Taste or Odor
If you have corrosive water moving through your plumbing pipes, a metallic taste or odor is sure to follow. This especially noticeable when you turn the tap on for the first time in the morning. The water has been sat in the pipes for hours, and the taste may be extremely metallic in nature. This is because all of the tiny pieces of metal that corroded and broke off the internal surface of the pipe overnight has built up in the water at that point. Running the water for a short while may improve the water quality a little, but the underlying problem remains. Unless you improve the pH level of the water, it will remain corrosive, and the corrosion damage will continue to attach your plumbing system.
- You Notice Blue/Green Stains on Plumbing Fixtures
One of the more noticeable traits of corrosive water is the staining left on plumbing fixtures. The stains are usually blue or green or a combination of the two. This staining can be found on surfaces, such as sinks, showers, tubs, faucets, and toilet bowls. These stains can be removed by using a strong bleach based cleaner and a considerable amount of elbow grease. But, they will inevitably return because the underlying issue has not been addressed. The only way that you can prevent this type of staining in the future is to treat the corrosive water.
How to Get Rid of Corrosive Water for Good
The first step is to perform a water test to determine the exact makeup of your water supply. Then consult a local water treatment specialist and ask them about ways to address the acidic pH qualities of your water. The best method will be determined by the results of your water test. In some cases, a calcite neutralizer may suffice, or you may need a backwash neutralizer or a soda ash injection system if you have pH level less than 5 and a high concentration of calcium.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.