Causes & Negative EffectsView Product OfferingsLearn About Solutions What is Acidic Water?
For private home systems and wells, acidic water is one of
the most common culprits behind pipe corrosion. The pH of a liquid reflects its concentration of hydrogen ions; the lower the pH, the higher the concentration and the more acidic. Acidic water has a pH of less than 7. The properties of acidic water make it much more corrosive to metals used in plumbing systems than alkaline water, especially copper. You can test your water's pH using pH Test Strips. Causes & Negative Effects
Commen causes of acidic water include acid rainfall due to airborne pollutants, the compostion of soil and bedrock through which the groundwater moves, coal mine drainage, chemical dumping, plant decomposation, local flooding
and other natural disasters. Acidic water can be identified by blue staining (from copper pipes) or red rust staining (from iron pipes) left on pipes, fixtures, and in sinks.
The more corrosive nature of acidic water can cause toxic metals such as lead, copper, zinc, iron, and manganese to leach into your water from your pipes, leading to a number of health concerns. It can also cause your
pipes to deteriorate at a much faster rate, leading to pinhole leaks and over time, total pipe failure. This can burden you and your family with huge expenses to replace the infrastructure. Acidic water can also leave water tasting sour or metallic.