Acid neutralization is a must to prevent leaks, maintain fixtures, and ensure good health. Acidic water (water with a pH less than 7.0) can eat away at your plumbing and cause blue/green staining on your fixtures. Some also believe that water with a low pH can have adverse health effects.
The pH system uses Calcite to neutralize the acid by dissolving and counteracting the acidity. In homes with pH less than 6.0, a blend of Calcite and Corosex is used, complimenting each other. The Corosex is more aggresive, providing the ability to raise very low pH levels, while the Calcite is slow acting, counterbalancing the Corosex and preventing excessive pH rise. Note: Due to the nature of pH systems some hardness is added to the water. Depending on exisiting hardness levels and pH level, an water softener after the pH system may be recommended.
Since the media dissovles to neutralzie the acid, regular replenishment is necessary, usually about once a year depending on water use, pH levels, and system size.
Controlled by the Fleck 5600SXT digital control head, this system automatically backwashes. The backwash process simply forces water rapidly through the system in reverse direction, lifting the media and flushing accumulated particulates down the drain. It also prevents the media from solidifying and reducing efficiency. Made by Fleck, the #1 manufacturer of control heads in the US, the digital control head offers an easy to use LCD display and touchpad controls as well as shorter, more efficient backwashes.