If you have soft well water or acidic tap-water there is a reason for you to be concerned. Acidic water or soft water, traveling through pipes, can corrode or leach minerals from them. You don't want your incoming tap-water to have copper, lead, or other heavy-metals in it, obviously.
In certain pockets around the country, such as New England, the water is naturally soft and acidic.
These conditions are caused by a few things, mainly the pine forests, the lack of limestone, and the prevalence of acidic rain. You should do a hardness-test of your water if you live in these areas, especially if you're on a well. Water coming in that's too soft can carry with it heavy metals and an array of other unhealthy things.
Softness and acidity are two different things.
- Softness is the opposite of hardness and these terms both relate to calcium. By softness is meant there is too little calcium in the water. This is fixed by adding calcium in the right proportion to the water.
- By acidic is meant that the pH of the water is less than neutral, 7 pH. There are chemicals that can fix this, but also a water ionizer can help you raise the pH of the water to be better for drinking as long as you have enough calcium in your water.
Adding Calcium to the Line
The best way to add calcium to the line is to install one or more in-line re-mineralizer filters just prior to the water ionizer. Here's a picture of the in-line remineralizer filter.
If you have an RO system, install these just after the membrane where the water drips slowly. A slow flow of water through the re-mineralizer will allow enough time for the water to absorb some of the calcium.
A Water Ionizer Can Help You in More Ways
Installing a water ionizer can not only help you get a better pH water for drinking, but the water ionizers I sell have filters in them that remove the heavy metals that tend to bother well-owners.
Water ionizers also reduce the cluster-size of the water molecules and create antioxidants. Read more about the benefits of ionized water.
Make sure to follow the advices in this post to make your water ionizer work as best as it can.
If you have well-water sediment issues, you will need to install a good sediment filter for your house. Sediment flooding into a water ionizer can fill up the ionizer filters and make it impractical to use, i.e., you'd constantly have to buy new ionizer filters.
Remineralizers Help You Get Years of Great Results
Once you handle the soft-water issues, by using enough remineralizer filters, you can expect years of great results. The remineralizer filters last a long time. This is based on years of experience in setting up water ionizers properly.
When you add a remineralizer to the line before your ionizer, give it a day before you test it. It takes that long to soften up enough calcium in the filter to do the job. If you find it helps, but not enough, just add another filter in-line.
See the videos, below, showing how well water ionizers work when you fix the softness issue.
Videos showing water ionizers now functioning when enough calcium is in the water.
1. Customer on a well reported there was no pH change to his water when he ran it at even the highest level of his water ionizer. He sent the water ionizer to me for evaluation. When I poured water through it the results were great. But, I have about 100 ppm of hardness in my water, which is the right amount of hardness for best ionization. Here's the video. As you can see, these were spectacular results. This video shows testing of "Level 3", which is my drinking level for ionized water.
2. About 10 years ago my dad moved up to New England and his once-working ionizer no longer worked well to ionize. I was helping him fix his soft-water issue in this next video. The video shows great results that the water ionizer could get once it was hooked up to an in-line remineralizer. I propped up the remineralizer (behind the ionizer) so you could see it installed. The video shows the testing of different levels of ionized water.