In our area, acidic water is unbelievable common. The Ph of a water source can not only affect a waters ability to be safely consumed but it can affect the integrity of the components in a plumbing system. Acidic water (ph below 6.5) leaches metals from the plumbing system and puts them into the water. In older homes this can mean not just copper, and brass but it can also leach lead, steel, galvanized metals into water. These minerals have been largely associated with many health risks for children and adults. Just having your skin exposed to lead can lead to many issues for people. Also, if the acidic water is pulling the metals from a system, it is degrading the quality of the material used for installation. Eventually leading to pin hole leaks and major damage throughout a home.
Common signs of acidic water:
- Corrosion of plumbing fixtures
- Blue staining on toilet bowls or sinks
- Rust stains in toilet bowls or sinks
- Pinhole leaks within copper plumbing system
- Worsening of common skin conditions
The hardness of the water can also affect the plumbing system. Although hardness is generally safe for people, it is bad for the plumbing business, especially newer homes. The minerals in the water (calcium and magnesium) that increase the hardness, are dissimilar on a chemical level to the minerals used to form copper and brass. The two most common materials used in plumbing systems and appliances. Recently, most appliance manufacturers have specified within their warranties that a hardness of just 3 grains per gallon can immediately void the warranty. Hard water also makes it harder for soaps to develop the lather they were designed to create. Making dishes harder to clean, requiring more soap for washing your hair and body, and causing your laundry to be harder to clean while making your clothes feel stiff and scratchy. Not to mention that they can cause lime buildup on fixtures and cause mechanical parts within the plumbing system to fail much faster than designed like a water heater or boiler.
Common signs of Hard Water
- Dry itchy skin
- Spots on dishes, silverware, and glasses
- Mineral build up on plumbing fixtures
- Shortened life of mechanical equipment within home (requiring frequent costly repairs)
- Faded and rough to the touch laundry
Something as simple as installing a Whole House Filter, can save you hundreds of dollars! Filtering out the water as it enters your house is a huge benefit for many reasons. A whole house filtration system can:
- Prevent sediment or dirt from entering your appliances and fixtures saving you $$$ by avoiding costly repairs.
- Remove many harmful heavy metals and minerals including mercury, lead, copper, nickel, chromium, and other dissolved metals.
- Remove chemicals like chlorine and chloramines
- Help save the environment by reducing the need for bottle water, by providing great tasting water right from your tap!