Water Acid Staining
Pure water’s pH level is neutral but this can change depending on what the water is traveling through before it reaches your home. If you remember from science class, the pH scale has two different sides: acid and base with a neutral 7 separating them in the middle.
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. Any measurements less than 7 is considered acidic, and greater than 7 is basic (or alkaline). Also, how far away a pH level is from 7 increases quickly. Each full increment is ten times more or less than the number before it. So, a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 5 and 100 times more acidic than a pH of 6.
What Does That Mean For Your Water?
Water with a low (acidic) pH level acts like it’s hungry and therefore eats away at your plumbing while it travels to your faucets, leaving your pipes thin and prone to pin-hole leaks. The metals stripped from the pipe are deposited on your fixtures and turn to blue/green stains as they are exposed to air.
Water with a high (basic) pH level acts the opposite way. It is carrying way too much stuff to eat and starts to lighten its load as it travels to your faucets. This means it’s causing build-up in your pipes and restricting the water flow into your home.
How Can I Get My Water Back To Neutral?
Much like turning on hot water to warm up a bath that is too cold, pH levels can be balanced evenly with the right solution. Our Ion Pro® offer an acid neutralizing filter filled with Calcite, natural calcium carbonate media. When your water passes through the media, it slowly dissolves the Calcite to feed the hungry acidic levels before they enter your home.
The media does need to be refilled occasionally to replenish what is being used to correct the water. With the lighter colored tank, you can easily see the current level of media inside or set up a worry-free schedule with your dealer to make sure your home is always protected.