The pH level of your water may not be one of the first things you consider when you think about water quality. But, the pH level can have a huge impact on your home. Unbalanced pH levels can cause a lot of problems that can affect your bank balance. In this article, we will explain pH levels in more detail, look at the signs of unbalanced water and examine ways to fix the problem.
Understanding the pH Level Scale
The abbreviation pH stands for “potential of hydrogen,” which describes if a given substance is more likely to give up or take on an additional hydrogen ion. There is a scale of pH that ranges from 0-14, and this can be further divided into three broad categories, they are acids, bases, and neutrals. The pH level of 7 is considered to be absolutely neutral because it would neither lose nor gain a hydrogen ion. Anything below a pH level of 7 is considered to be an acid; anything above is alkaline.
Every number on the pH scale is around 10x more than the next level. So, a pH level of 6 would be 10x more acidic than a pH level of 7, and a pH level of 5 would be 100x more acidic. As you can see, a jump between a pH level of 7 and 6 may not seem like much, but as you get further away from neutral, accelerationism occurs. If you were to have a substance with a pH level of 0, it would 10,000,000x more acidic than a pH level of 7 (neutral). Let’s take a look at some typical items and where they sit on the pH scale:
Battery Acid: Acidic pH 0
Lemons: Acidic pH 2
Tomatoes: Acidic pH 4
Coffee: Neutral pH 5
Milk: Neutral pH 6
Water: Neutral pH 7
Blood: Neutral pH 8
Baking Soda: Alkaline pH 9
Soap: Alkaline pH 12
Bleach: Alkaline pH 13
Drain Cleaner: Alkaline pH 13
The Signs of Unbalanced Water
As you can see, water is important because it has a natural pH level of 7, which is neutral, making it ideal for our bodies. But, when certain mineral and chemical contaminants enter the water, they can make it unbalanced. This can vary a great deal throughout the country due to environmental and geographical conditions. Some areas have acidic water, and some alkaline water; both can affect your home in different ways. Let’s take a look at some of the signs of water with high and low pH levels:
High pH Level Water
- Bitter taste.
- Reduction in water flow.
- Rapid scale accumulation in plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Low pH Level Water
- Sour taste.
- Frequent plumbing leaks.
- Slippery water feeling.
- Blue and green stains from copper pipes.
- Reddish and rusty stains from cast-iron or galvanized steel pipes.
- Corrosion and rust leaching into the water.
What Can You Do About Unbalanced Water?
You can confirm your suspicions with a simple DIY pH level water testing kit. Water that is too acidic or alkaline can harm your health and damage your plumbing system. There are a number of water treatment systems that can return your water supply to a neutral pH level of 7. Consult your local water treatment specialist, and they can offer advice on the ideal system to meet your needs.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.