Plumbing and the Water pH

Updated on Monday 23rd October 2017

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You might have come across the term pH or pH levels until now. PH stands for power of hydrogen. The pH measures the concentration of hydrogen ions from the water used in your home. In a pH scale of 0 to 14, 7+ represents a strong base and a 7- is a strong acid. The strongest acid has a value of 0, and 14 represents the strongest base. In this article, our plumber in London presents a few aspects related to plumbing and the water pH.

How does the pH affect the plumbing in London?

The pH of drinking water is generally not regulated in any country. However, it is classified as a secondary drinking water contaminant, differently from other contaminants which may present health or environmental risks.
In case the water pH in your house has a value bigger than 6.5, the following effects might take place to your London plumbing:
The main effect is corrosion and leaching. Not only it might cause possible leaks in plumbing, but also there could be a more severe issue related to metal toxicity. Even though acidic water is not a concern by itself, our plumbers in London note that its interactions with the plumbing systems and other materials may result in high levels of other materials, which can be dangerous;
Cadmium and manganese could be leached from the environment. Other metals such as copper, iron, zinc and lead may be environmentally dangerous as well, however, generally they are not given up by home plumbing appliances in contact with acidic water. An excessive level of any of these metals in the water may cause health issues. Even though certain acidic waters could present a sour or metallic taste, most of these metals cannot be detected unless the water is tested in a laboratory.

Other damages to the plumbing system in London

Corrosive water may result in physical damage to the plumbing system. If the water is leaching metal from the plumbing of your house, eventually the plumbing will have to be repaired or replaced. Our plumber in London can provide more details on this subject.
Since a plumbing system will be affected by the water it carries in time, corrosive water destroys plumbing much more quickly than a less corrosive water.
In case you have any questions related to what is pH, or for any plumbing services in London, please get in touch with our friendly plumbers.
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