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Acidic Water Overview

When water precipitates in the form of rain or snow it comes into contact with carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. This lowers the water’s pH into a mild acidity. As water seeps through layers of rock and sediment, the pH will continue to adjust depending upon the minerals it comes into contact with. Because wells are often supplied from shallow groundwater they are more prone to have acidic water.

Corroded Pipe

Identify the Stain

pH is the way acidity or alkalinity is measured across the scale. This measure can range from 0 to 14, with a pH of 7 being neutral. For example, the pH of lemon juice is around 2 or 3 and is considered acidic while the pH for baking soda is around 9 and is considered basic. If water has a slightly lower pH, though not necessarily unsafe for your health, it will causes metal in pipes, sinks, and appliances to corrode leaving blue-green stains resulting in costly leakage repairs.

Blue Green Stain in Drain

Blue-Green Water Stains

This color staining is an indication of corrosion happening in your copper piping from acidic water. Water with pH levels lower than 7 (neutral) is acidic.

Learn more on acidity and our recommendations.

Orange/Red Water Stains

This color staining is due to high contents of iron present in well water systems. Staining can be most visible at home in sinks, shower drains, tubs, and toilet bowls.

See below for our recommendation on iron staining.

Iron stain in drain
Water spots in glass

White Water Spots and Stains

This color is characterized by its white, hazy stains created by the chalk-like mineral build-up of hard water on surfaces.

Learn more on hard water and our recommendations.

Recommended Treatment System

Clean Stream Water’s high efficiency pH neutralizer has consistently proven to be our most effective treatment for rebalancing/neutralizing the pH of water in residential, commercial, and agricultural applications for over 30 years. Through the use of calcite or magnesia, the pH is elevated to a neutral 7, providing protection to your plumbing, fixtures, and appliances.

Acid Neutralizer System

For Whole House Water Treatment

How does it work?

Calcite is a mineral consisting of calcium carbonate which is the media used in our Acid Neutralizer tanks to naturally bring acidity back to its neutral pH. It’s a similar material found in antacid tablets when taken to relieve a sour stomach, heartburn, or acid indigestion

As acidic water flows into the tank, controlled via the metered top valve, it dissolves the calcite into the water. The result? Neutral water, protected metal plumbing and fixtures, and extended appliance lifespan.

Our tanks are equipped to produce neutral water for one year before needing to be refilled with more calcite media.

Because calcite is a mineral, it will raise the hardness level so a Water Softener is often recommended after this system.