With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.
It is now well known that both doctors and scientists agree on the importance of the potential hydrogen level (pH) balance in drinking water. The pH level of the water that you drink and cook with can have a dramatic effect on the quality of your health. But what are pH levels, and how do they impact your water? Let’s take a closer look at pH levels and compare them in filtered and unfiltered water.
What Does the Term “pH Level” Mean?
The pH level is a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a substance, and it is represented on a scale from zero to 14. A pH level under 7 is considered progressively more acidic, while pH levels above 7 are increasingly more alkaline. The baseline pH level of 7 is neutral and considered to be neither too acidic nor too alkaline.
The Connection Between Water Hardness and pH Levels
The pH level of drinking water can provide a solid indication on the hardness of the water being supplied to your home. Hard water is caused by large quantities of dissolved minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, and not by the pH level. That said, hard water typically has high pH levels, and softer water has lower pH levels.
The Ideal pH Level for Drinking Water
The ideal pH level for drinking water ranges from 6 to 8, with 7 being the most neutral figure. Any pH level outside of that range cannot be recommended for drinking or cooking, and the best way to control the pH levels of your water is to use a water filtration system.
The pH Levels of Filtered Water
Considering the possible pitfalls of relying on a municipal water treatment facility for optimal pH levels and other water quality standards, many people now filter their own water. A common method is a whole house water filter that can be used in conjunction with a water softener/water conditioner. This kind of system can regulate the pH levels to the optimal range and also remove harmful particulates.
Many metal particulates, such as copper, zinc, iron, and lead, can raise the acidity of the water and cause a variety of health issues including stomach cramps, headaches, and chest pains. Acidic water also tastes metallic and it can cause damage to water using appliances and filtration is needed to rectify the problem.
Moderately alkaline water doesn’t pose any health risks, but it can cause other problems in your home. A buildup of scale deposits is a good indicator that your water is too alkaline. As a result, the efficiency of appliances will be affected, and their lifespan will be significantly shorter. A water softener/water conditioner can address this problem, reducing the scale and improving the efficiency of your appliances by 20 to 30 percent.
If you have concerns about the pH balance of your water supply, water filters remove acidic substances such as heavy metals and water softeners remove alkaline deposits from scale. Ultimately, a whole house water filter and a water softener can help prevent your water from becoming too acidic or too alkaline, providing safe water home appliances and for drinking.
There are many water softeners/water conditioners and filtrations systems available to deal with all kinds of water quality issues. Always ensure that your chosen water expert is fully WQA certified to ensure that they meet and even exceed water industry standards.