When you think of acids, you probably think of harsh chemicals, corrosives and cleaners. But did you know that your drinking water can be acidic too? This is a serious problem and one you shouldn’t overlook. Fortunately, with proper testing and treatment, your home drinking water can be made safe again.
Acid neutralizers can correct the pH of your water to within the normal range. There are a number of great products on the market right now, and the specifics of your situation will dictate to a great degree which is right for you.
The first step, however, is to determine whether or not your water is acidic and what its actual pH level is. In the greater Wilmington & Dover, DE area, the best place to call for water testing is Boulden Brothers. We’ve specialized in water testing services for years and our plumbers have access to all of the latest testing equipment and tools on the market. We also carry a range of acid neutralizers, so if we find you have a problem with the acid levels in your water, we’ll put a system in place to correct the problem for you.
Problems Caused by Acidic Water
Acidic water can damage your clothing, skin, hair, appliances and plumbing. It can also change the way food made with it tastes. Since you use your tap water for so many different things around the house including drinking, it’s important to make sure that the pH is appropriately balanced.
Acid corrodes, so if acidic water regularly travels through your plumbing system, it will eventually wear away the lining of the pipes. Not only will this result in damage to your plumbing, but the metal that comes off the pipes will travel along with the water and come out of your tap. This is a particular problem if your pipes are soldered together with lead, which was allowed until 1986. If the acid comes in contact with the lead, it can easily break it down and cause it to enter your drinking water supply.
Acid Water Warning Signs
If you do have acidic water, you’ll notice things like blue-green stains around your drains and fixtures. This is the residue of copper from your copper pipes and is the easiest way to tell that the pH of your water may be unbalanced. You should also suspect acidic water if your copper pipes develop pin-hole leaks or if your water tastes somewhat metallic.
Water Testing & Treatment
If you do suspect that your water is too acidic, it’s important to act quickly. In the Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area, Boulden Brothers is the company to call to handle this type of situation. We’ll send someone out to test your water and determine how to go about remedying the situation. We carry a wide range of acid neutralizers and can have one in place for you in no time. So give us a call today to find out more about how to improve the quality of your tap water and get rid of acid for good.