The pH value determines whether water is hard or soft. The pH of pure water is 7. In general, water with a pH lower than 7 is considered acidic, and with a pH greater than 7, basic. The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5 and for groundwater systems 6 to 8.5. Alkalinity is a measure of the capacity of the water to resist a change in pH that would tend to make the water more acidic. The measurement of alkalinity and pH is needed to determine the corrosiveness of the water.
In general, water with a low pH (< 6.5) could be acidic, soft, and corrosive. Therefore, the water could contain metal ions such as iron, manganese, copper, lead etc. This can cause premature damage to metal piping, and have associated aesthetic problems such as a metallic or sour taste, staining of laundry, and the characteristic “blue-green” staining of sinks and drains. More importantly, there are health risks associated with these toxins.
Water with a pH > 8.5 could indicate that the water is hard. Hard water does not pose a health risk, but can cause aesthetic problems. These problems include an alkali taste to the water (making that morning coffee taste bitter!), formation of a deposit on dishes, utensils, and laundry basins, difficulty in getting soaps and detergents to lather, and formation of insoluble precipitates on clothing.
Water with a low pH can be acidic, soft and corrosive.
This water can:
• leach metals from pipes and fixtures, such as copper, iron, lead, manganese and zinc.
• cause damage to metal pipes
• cause aesthetic problems, such as a metallic or sour taste,
• cause laundry staining
• blue-green stains in sinks and drains.
• Ash Soda filter
The advantages are:
- the owner does not have to do anything
- the pH of the water will not rise above 7.2.
Benefits of treating
• Nice tasting water
• Saving time spend to clean sanitary ware
• Saving money spend on detergents
• Saving money and time spend on changing pipes
• Saving money on clothes
• Formation of a “scale” or precipitate on piping and fixtures causing water pressures and interior diameter of piping to decrease;
• Causes an alkali taste to the water and can make coffee taste bitter;
• Formation of a scale or deposit on dishes, utensils, and laundry basins;
• Difficulty in getting soaps and detergents to foam and formation of insoluble precipitates on clothing, etc.;
• Decreases efficiency of electric water heaters
Water Softeners are used to treat hard water. They work by replacing the calcium and magnesium in the water with either potassium or sodium. Our well water softeners will also remove large amounts of iron and manganese
Benefits of treating
• Washing machine and dishwasher last longer
• Cleaning-supply costs are reduced by 50% to 75%.
• Water flow and pressure are improved
• Water heater efficiency is increased
• Shower, tub and sink cleaning is easier.
• Skin feels smoother after showers and baths.
• Hair is softer and more manageable