Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How to Treat Well Water with Low pH (Acid Well Water)

My well water has a low pH (6.1) and it is eating up our copper pipes.  Our house is about 5 years old and we have been plagued with blue stains and copper corrosion.   Is there a way to fix our copper pipes? 

Dear Alan,
This is a common problem in your area and we have many hundreds of customers in Pennsylvania with the same problem.   Fortunately it will be easy for you to fix it by installing a simple calcite neutralizer and optional phosphate feeder on your water.

Low pH:  To raise your low pH, a calcite Neutralizer Filter would neutralize the pH and eliminate the corrosive effects of the water.  Many customers with this type of water used to have blue-green stains from copper pipe corrosion and after installing the neutralizer see their blue stains disappear within a few weeks. 
 See the diagram below:

calcite neutralizer diagram

The Neutralizer filter comes with everything you need including necessary calcite media and simple instructions. Any plumber or person familiar with basic plumbing can install them.

Calcite neutralizer

Calcite Neutralizer 5900 1.5 CF 

When you buy it, it includes FREE Shipping & free pH test kit to be sure of correct operation

Includes all Calcite media necessary to get up and running with shipment

Dimensions: 10" diameter x 61" height   ¾" or 1” pipe size bypass is included

Excellent warranty: 10 years on the filter tank; 5 years on the control valve.
Check out this link to know more.

Phosphate System Cartridge with Heavy-duty Housing 
cartridge with housing
Helps heal copper pipes by laying down a microscopic layer of phosphate.  Works great in conjunction with the calcite neutralizer.  Each phosphate system come complete with Phosphate cartridge, Heavy duty plastic housing with 3/4” inlet/outlet, and mounting bracket.
Allows for high flow and minimal pressure loss as cartridge is a by-pass feeder, meaning that some water flows around the cartridge.

Cartridge contains food grade type phosphate crystals that slowly dissolve in water inhibiting corrosion and coating the pipes with a protective film, especially at bends in the pipe, tee’s, etc.

Check out this link for more details.