PH Levels determine how acidic or how alkaline water is.  If your PH levels are out of balance, it will not only impact the quality of your water, but it may have long-term latency effects on your plumbing as well. In this article, we will discuss the importance of PH levels in your private well water.

What are PH Levels?

PH is an indicator of how much hydrogen is in the water.  The PH scale starts at 0 and ends at 14.  The PH scale tests acidity, base, and alkaline.  Anything with a PH score of 0 to 6 is acidic. Anything with a PH score of 8 to 14 is alkaline. A PH score of 7 is “base” and is the ideal level for your drinking water.

How Do the PH Levels Change?

Natural clean water will automatically have a PH level of 7.  When pollutants, chemicals, and/or minerals enter the water source, this may change the PH level of the water.

What Causes Water to Become Acidic?

The natural cause of acidic water is from rainwater that has high amounts of carbon dioxide molecules that entered the water supply without being properly filtered.  Another cause of acidic water is plant or animal decomposition in the water supply.  The decomposition will cause the water to become more acidic.  Lastly, chemical runoff from industries or farms can also lower the water’s PH levels, causing it to be acidic as well.

What Causes Water to Become Alkaline?

The natural cause of alkaline water is from the natural filtration process water travels through.  Alkaline comes from porous rocks, especially the limestone that is common in Florida.  Limestone and other rocks contain carbonate, bicarbonate, and hydroxide which are all elements that will cause water to become more alkaline.

How To Tell If Water Is Too Acidic?

There are many common signs a person can look for to determine if the water is too acidic.  They are as follows:

  • Corrosion: acidic water deteriorates plumbing pipes.
  • Plumbing made of iron or steel exhibiting rust.
  • Plumbing made of cooper stained with a bluish-greenish hue.
  • The water begins to taste sour.
  • The water feels slippery or soapy to the touch.

How To Tell If Water Is Too Alkaline?

There are many common signs a person can look for to determine if the water is too alkaline.  They are as follows:

  • Calcium build-up on shower doors, faucets, and under water tanks.
  • The water begins to taste bitter.

How To Balance The PH Levels In The Water of a Private Well

To level off the PH in well water, it will have to be balanced out with chemicals and minerals on the other side of the PH scale.  For example, if the water is too acidic, then adding minerals that make the water more alkaline will resolve the issue.  The opposite is true for water that is too alkaline.  If a filtration system is installed in the home, then part of the filtration process will be to ensure that the water remains at a base PH level of 7.  Ultimately, if you feel that your PH water levels are off or your filtration system may not be properly working, contact American Pump Services and we will send a trained technician to test your water, identify the problem, and offer a solution.