The experts with Aquarius Water Conditioning will be more than happy to answer any questions regarding the quality of the water you use to drink and bathe. We want you and your family to stay healthiest, and a big part is ensuring your water is safe and clean. One major factor in doing just that is the pH level. Here’s some information on what this means and why you should care.
Understanding pH Level
Without digging too deep into the science of pH, you should know that pure water sits right in the middle of the pH scale – at 7. The scale goes from 1-14. The lower the number, the more acidic the water. The higher the number, the more “basic” it is. Judging by that, you should always want your water to have a pH of 7, correct?
Yes, but you should also know why that’s the case.
In a nutshell, you do want to try and use and drink water that sits somewhere in the middle of the pH scale. It doesn’t have to be 7, but it shouldn’t be that far away. If the level is too high, that means it probably has too high a concentration of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. You need those minerals for your body to function correctly, but too much of a good thing is bad and could pose health risks.
Water that’s too high in minerals can also lead to clogged pipes and the water lines that run into some of the essential appliances in your home. These include your refrigerator, washing machine, water heater, and dishwasher.
What about the opposite? What if your water is too acidic or too low on the pH scale? That’s even worse of a problem. Acidic water can leach zinc, copper, and lead from your pipes into your drinking water. Not only will this make your water taste sour – or even give it a metallic taste – it will also result in pipe corrosion.
Your pH Level and Your Drinking Water
By measuring the pH level of your water, an Aquarius Water Conditioning professional can give you a good idea what kinds of minerals are in your water and in what concentrations. If your water is lower on the pH scale, it contains heavier metals – which means there’s a higher chance that it’s toxic.
The Basics of Basic Water
Water that’s higher on the pH scale is, again, referred to as “basic” or “alkaline.” As you already learned, there are some downsides to it. Drinking basic water could result in nausea and vomiting, leading to even worse problems if you have kidney issues. To stay safe, you should keep your water’s pH level as close to 7.
Have Issues with pH Level? Call Us.
Aquarius Water Conditioning professionals can tell you more about the pH of drinking water in Minnesota. If yours is too high or too low, we can recommend ways to fix that problem. Call us at 888-741-9025 or use our online contact form to get in touch.