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Are Your Pipes Corroding?
If you have copper pipes for your home’s water supply and you see greenish-blue stains on your sinks, showers or toilets, it is very likely that your pipes are corroding. In our local area (the Central California foothills) we would estimate that over 95% of the problem water complaints about “blue stains” are the result of corrosive water slowly dissolving copper pipes. When well water from these homes is tested, the test results almost always show low pH, low hardness and low total alkalinity.
What is the solution?
The solution to this problem, contrary to popular belief, is not the addition of any kind of a filter, because there really is very little to filter out of this type of water. It is already “too pure” for metal pipes. This water only absorbs copper when it enters the home and contacts the copper pipes. This results in two serious problems. First the copper pipes become thinner and thinner and finally in time they develop “pin hole” leaks. Secondly, the copper from the pipes becomes dissolved in the water adding harmful amounts of copper to your drinking water, which can be harmful to health, especially young children.
If your home has iron pipes in stead of copper pipes, no greenish-blue stains will be seen with corrosive water. However rust stains will appear. In some cases the home owner will believe that they have ferrous iron in their well water. The home owner will have an iron filter installed to solve the problem. However the problem in this case is coming from the water pipes, caused by corrosive water.
The best solution for corrosive water is an acid neutralizer. We believe the neutralizer we supply is one of the best on the market and it comes standard with a dome hole mineral tank, which has a fill hole for easy servicing. There is no need to remove the control head in order to add more media. Anyone who has had to remove the control head when servicing soon realizes how many problems can occur with this process.