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What is acidic water, and what do I do about it?

To determine if your water is acidic, you can conduct a simple pH test. pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, and it is represented on a scale from 0 to 14, with 7 considered neutral. Values below 7 indicate acidity, while values above 7 indicate alkalinity.

Here’s how you can test the pH of your water:

  1. pH Test Strips:
    • pH test strips are readily available and are a convenient way to measure the pH of your water.
    • Dip a test strip into a sample of your water for the recommended amount of time.
    • Compare the color of the strip to the color chart provided with the strips to determine the pH.
  2. pH Testing Kits:
    • pH testing kits typically include a pH indicator solution and a color chart.
    • Add a few drops of the indicator solution to a water sample, and observe the resulting color.
    • Compare the color to the chart to determine the pH.
  3. pH Meters:
    • pH meters provide a more precise measurement of pH and are suitable for more accurate readings.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to calibrate the pH meter.
    • Immerse the electrode into a sample of your water, and the meter will display the pH. See our handheld professional point-of-use testing equipment. This sensor also tests for free chlorine, TDS, as well as pH

If your water tests below 7, indicating acidity, there are several steps you can take to address the issue:

  1. Neutralizing Filters:
    • Install a neutralizing filter in your water supply system. These filters typically contain materials, such as calcite or limestone, which can raise the pH and reduce acidity. See our pH neutralizing filters here.
  2. Chemical Treatment:
    • In some cases, chemical treatments can be used to adjust the pH of water. However, this approach should be carefully managed to avoid introducing contaminants.
  3. Contact a Water Treatment Professional:
    • If you’re unsure about how to address the acidity of your water, or if the pH is extremely low, it’s advisable to consult with a water treatment professional. They can assess your specific situation and recommend appropriate solutions.

It’s important to note that while acidic water itself may not necessarily pose a health risk, it can have adverse effects on plumbing and fixtures over time. Additionally, extremely low or high pH levels can affect the taste, odor, and appearance of water. Regular monitoring of water quality, including pH, is a good practice to ensure the safety and suitability of your water supply.