What is Soda Ash?
More popularly known as soda ash, sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) is a granular type of filter media used to increase the pH of acidic water in residential and commercial water treatment. Unlike other neutralizers, this filter does not cause the hardness of the water to increase. Soda ash is a great solution if you want to prevent pinhole leaks, blue-green stains on fixtures, and corrosion of copper and galvanized pipes. It is one of the best neutralizing options when your pH level is in the low range of 4.5 to 6.0.
Why is Soda Ash Used in Water Treatment?
As mentioned above, it is one of the best water filter media used for neutralizing acidic water because it does not raise the hardness of the water during the treatment process. Unlike calcite and magnesia, the hardness does not increase when you apply it in your filter system.
How Do You Mix Soda Ash with Water?
An injection system is a point-of-entry system which enables you to use soda ash into the water to raise the pH level. After setting your pump to 50% capacity, mix 2 lbs of soda ash with 5 gallons of water. Allow the unit to run for a while before you test the pH level of the water. If you didn’t achieve the desired modification, perform another adjustment until you get the pH level you want.
How Do You Maintain the Chemical Feed System?
Maintenance of the chemical feed system is crucial to the success of neutralizing the pH of the water supply. By periodically cleaning and inspecting the screens and filters, you can keep the chemical feed system in top condition.