Do You Need A pH Test Kit In Your Home?
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Acidity and alkaline levels in water are measured in pH (Positive
Hydrogen) units and total alkalinity is ppm (parts per million). A pH
scale of 0-14 indicates whether water is acid or alkaline. A pH of 7
is neutral and ideal. An acid level of 6.8 or lower will cause
corrosion of both copper (blue-green staining) and galvanized
plumbing, which can lead to serious damage to plumbing line and
equipment, especially water heaters.
See the large variety of ways to test for pH
High alkaline levels (above 1880 ppm or pH 10) may cause
dry skin conditions, and/or objectionable taste. For either acidic or
alkaline water treatment, a professional should be consulted for detailed
testing and sizing of the equipment needed to solve a particular problem.
While the pH of water is not often discussed or certainly
not mentioned in the nightly weather section of the news, pH is an
important measurement of water and an important factor in our day to day
lives. The impact occurs in nature and in commercial uses of water. The
U.S. Geological Survey thinks enough about it that they take a pH
measurement whenever water is studied. Not only does the pH of a stream
affect organisms living in the water, a changing pH in a stream can be an
indicator of increasing pollution or some other environmental factor. That
is in nature. Water pH is just as important in non-natural usages of
water. It should be a part of every testing procedure for commercially
used water as wells.
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