Sunday, May 20, 2007

Correcting Acid Well Water

On private water systems, one of the most common causes of corrosion is acidic water. Water that has a pH value of less than 7.0 is considered to be acidic. Signs of acid water are corrosion of fixtures, pinhole leaks in plumbing, and blue staining (from copper pipes) or rust staining (from iron pipes).

Sometimes this water is great for drinking or household use, but since it is low in buffering calcium minerals, and contain dissolved carbon-dioxide gas, has a low pH and acidic nature.
Without treatment, these waters can be contaminated with copper, lead and other metals from piping, fixtures and appliances, turning good water into contaminated drinking water.

Treatment is accomplished by neutralizing the water with the use of an automatic neutralizer filter . These water filter tanks are filled with a blend of calcium and magnesium carbonates made from naturally occurring minerals, which dissolve into the water, making it less corrosive. More mineral can quickly and easily be added to the filter tank, typically once per year for most residential applications. No special tools are required. This type of neutralizer also acts as a filter removing sediment and small amounts of iron.

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