Vegas Plumbing Services has been offering Las Vegas and Southern Nevada solutions for all of their plumbing needs no matter how big or small. One concern that many people have about their plumbing is whether or not a pH imbalance is a serious issue. The short answer is no, most municipal drinking water falls in a safe pH range. The long answer is more complex. When there is a pH imbalance in your water it can cause severe damage to your plumbing, causing serious corrosion and affecting the taste. If you have questions about the pH balance of the water in your home and would like to know more about water filtration and water softening solutions, contact Vegas Plumbing Services today.
What is pH?
The potential Hydrogen, or pH, of a solution refers to how acidic or how alkaline it is. This is often used to measure soil and liquids to determine whether or not the solution is safe for biological life. The pH of a lake can help scientists determine if there are pollutants in the water and what effects that will have on aquatic animals. Another use for pH is to determine whether or not municipal water sources are safe for consumption. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets strict regulations for safe levels of consumption.
What is a safe pH balance?
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being considered neutral, or safe for consumption. Water that is considered safe by EPA standards is between 6.5 and 8.5 on the scale. Water with a pH balance of less than 6 is considered acidic. Water above 8 is considered Alkaline.
According to Kelly Addy, Linda Green, and Elizabeth Herron from the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Natural Resource Science (NRS), “the pH of drinking water is generally not a health concern. However, acidic water can leach metals from plumbing systems which can cause health problems.”
Issues that occur with pH imbalances
Alkaline water is also commonly referred to as “hard” water because of the excess minerals in the water. This water is common in Southern Nevada. Hard water can corrode the pipes that transport the water as well as leave deposits of calcium and magnesium in and around your faucets.
On the other side of the scale, water that is too acidic can leave bluish deposits from the iron, manganese, and other toxic metals in the water. This can breakdown your pipes and cause your drinking water to taste metallic.
How to treat water with a pH imbalance
The pH of any water source can be tested by dropping litmus paper in the water and observing how the paper is affected by the water. Once you know what the pH balance of your water is, you can determine which solution would be best to neutralize your water. If the water is too acidic, you can install a water filtration system to bring the levels up near 7. If the water is too alkaline or “hard,” the solution may be to install a water softener which will remove the excess minerals from the water.
Depending on the pH balance of your water, different solutions may be used to filter your water. For water with a pH less than 6, synthetic magnesium oxide is used to neutralize the water. For water with a pH greater than 6, water filters may use calcium carbonate to bring the overall pH closer to 7.
For water that is too alkaline, a water softening system may be the solution. Water softeners use sodium to create an ion exchange with the undesired minerals by trading the minerals out. Vegas Plumbing Service offers both water filtration and water softening solutions as well as water heaters for all of you plumbing needs.