My assumption of hard water was based on the fact that the water leaves deposits and destroys pipes and water heaters, but apparently acidic water can do the same things. I now learn that the house used to have bluish-green stains in the bathrooms before the remodel which would also be indicative of acid water. I mean clearly the water is acidic, the pH test confirms that- mainly I am confused as to why it is so extremely acidic. Apparently the well head is flush with the ground so this may contribute to rainwater getting into the well. I have never had cause to investigate this before since I did not have any aquariums here.
The water is super destructive, within a year of replacing a brass fitting on the well pump pressure switch thing, the brass had sprung a hairline crack and upon replacing the fitting I noticed it was caked in a rust colored substance. But there are no rust stains on the sinks which is weird.
- pH was raised using Kordon pH up; I could not find the data sheet for that, but API uses sodium carbonate in theirs, which would make sense.
- I did check the TDS, it is around 95.
- no mines around here afaik
- I live in a suburb of a decent size city near DC, don't know many particulars about the well except it is residential and a few yards away from the street. We do have issues with ground water here as the drainage in this part of the neighborhood is terrible.
• What would be recommended to boost the GH/KH, instead of directly adjusting the pH, as tamsin suggested?
Thanks so much everyone for the responses thus far!