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BLUE-GREEN STAINS – THAT’S ACIDIC WATER

Acidic water is corrosive to your pipes, leaving blue-green stains on your fixtures. This causes metallic-tasting water and can increase the amount of copper and lead in your drinking water. As the acidic water eats away at your pipes, it can eventually cause pinhole leaks. Pinhole leaks are only about 1/8 of an inch wide. Over time, if these leaks are undetected, you may notice damage to your drywall or even your flooring. It is best to check for all possible signs of acidic water at home and get the issue repaired before it can lead to more expensive complications.

WHAT QUALIFIES AS ACIDIC WATER?

The alkaline water scale is used to measure how acidic your water is. The scale ranges from 0 to 14. Acidic water means a low pH below 7.0. The State of CT Dept of Public Health recommends a pH between 6.4 and 10 units.

WHY ACIDIC WATER SHOULD BE TREATED

Acidic water can be caused by many factors, many of them naturally occuring. It is important to watch out for signs of your water being acidic and seek acidic water treatment as soon as possible, before problems arise in the future. If pipe corrosion occurs, harmful metals can leak into your pipes. You may also have some major leaks which will cause water damage to your home.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACIDIC WATER:

WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF ACIDIC WATER?

  • If you have copper pipes, blue green stains on the pipes and pinhole leaks
  • Low water pressure due to leaks
  • Your appliances, such as your water heater, washing machine, or dishwasher, are not functioning correctly
  • You are having problems with your hair or skin

How do I treat acidic water?

  • We recommend home water neutralizers to “neutralize” the acidic water.
  • The media inside the tank acts as a buffer so the acidic water does not eat your pipes, it eats the media.

Why do I need to treat water with a low pH?

  • Blue green stains are a nuisance to clean
  • You will eventually get leaks in your copper plumbing
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ACIDIC WATER TREATMENT IN CT

Even if you are not experiencing these specific water problems, it is always good to get your water tested. Many minerals or contaminants in your water are not easily recognizable and can only be detected by a professional evaluation. If you currently have water treatment systems, we recommend yearly service. Check out the pH scale below and contact H2O today to prevent further blue-green staining and damage to your pipes!

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