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What are PH levels in Water and Why Do They Matter?

When you walk down the water aisle at your local grocery store, you’re probably surprised by the number of different types of bottled water. They advertise something different, like spring water or vitamin-enriched water. It’s not uncommon for water bottle companies to boast about the pH level of their water, but does that really matter?

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What is pH?

In scientific terms, pH is a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a water-based solution. If you remember from high school, water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. A lower pH means there are more hydrogen ions in the liquid, while a higher pH indicates fewer hydrogen ions in the liquid. PH is measured on a scale from one to 14. A pH level below seven means the liquid is acidic, a pH level of seven means the liquid is neutral, and a pH level above seven means the liquid is alkaline. 


How Does pH Affect Water? 

PH plays an important role in the properties of water. The pH level of a liquid can indicate the presence of certain minerals and metals. Water with a low pH level tends to have more heavy metals available to the body, which makes it more toxic. Water with a higher pH level tends to have fewer metals available and therefore makes it less toxic. However, it’s important to note that a very high or very low pH can make water unsuitable for certain applications. 


Effects of Low and High pH Levels

Although water treatment plants attempt to control the pH levels of water, many homes still receive water with a pH that is either too high or too low. This is especially true for homes that use well water since their water is not tested or regulated by the EPA. If your home is receiving water that has too high of a pH, you’ll notice a slippery feel, and the water will taste similar to baking soda. Exposure to water with high pH levels can lead to eye irritation, skin and mucous membrane irritation, and other skin disorders. 


If your home’s water supply has too low of a pH, it can result in water that tastes bitter and metallic. Alkali water can also corrode your plumbing system. This corrosion will allow metals to enter your water supply and cause several health problems for you and your family. 


Let Michael Runk Fix Your Water’s pH

If your home has water that is too acidic or too alkaline, let the experts at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating help. We’ll test your water and ensure that you’re left with the perfect pH level. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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