Is your home's water clean? This is a question that lingers in a homeowner's head when drinking and utilizing water from the tap. Consequently, this is also a question we ask ourselves when we go to a public pool or drink from a water fountain. Water is a solvent and picks up impurities easily.
When you incur water damage in your property that affects your plumbing, not only is your home at risk for mold growth but your water my also be compromised. Our pH Water Tester is an exclusive service that we offer our clients when they suffer water damage from a broken pipe and/or leak.
When plumbing problems occur in a household the water could be easily contaminated. When this occurs bacteria and other contaminants can infiltrate your drinking water and bring about a variety of health symptoms.
By testing the pH of your property's H2O we will be able to measure how polluted it really is. Additionally, we also use our TDS tester used to indicate the Total Dissolved Solids in water. Since dissolved ionized solids such as salts and minerals increase the conductivity of a solution, a TDS meter measures the conductivity of the solution and estimates the TDS from that reading.
Pure water -- tasteless, colorless, and odorless -- is often called the universal solvent.
Dissolved solids" refer to any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) comprise inorganic salts (principally calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates) and some small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water.
TDS in drinking-water originate from natural sources, sewage, urban run-off, industrial wastewater, and chemicals used in the water treatment process as well as the nature of the piping or hardware used to convey the water.
In the U.S., elevated TDS has occurred due to natural environmental features such as mineral springs, carbonate deposits, salt deposits, and sea water intrusion. But other sources may include: salts used for road de-icing, anti-skid materials, drinking water treatment chemicals, stormwater, agricultural runoff and point/non-point wastewater discharges.
pH is a measure of how acidic/basic water is.
pH is really a measure of the relative amount of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in the water. Water that has more free hydrogen ions is acidic, whereas water that has more free hydroxyl ions is basic.
Since pH can be affected by chemicals in the water, pH is an important indicator of water that is changing chemically. pH is reported in "logarithmic units".
Each number represents a 10-fold change in the acidity/basicness of the water. Water with a pH of five is ten times more acidic than water having a pH of six.
As this diagram shows, pH ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. pHs less than 7 are acidic while pHs greater than 7 are alkaline (basic). Normal rainfall has a pH of about 5.6—slightly acidic due to carbon dioxide gas from the atmosphere.
You can see that acid rain can be very acidic, and it can affect the environment in a negative way.