How to Install an Acid Neutralizer in Your Home

What You'll Need
Home Acid Neutralizer Kit
Household tools
Petroleum jelly
Electrical outlet (not controlled by a switch)

Installing an acid neutralizer in your home isn't expensive or difficult. If your water supply has a high pH level, or you've noticed some greenish staining around your drains and on dishes, a neutralizer can help to minimize this. They work by pulling water through a natural material, such as calcite, to remove some of the acidity. While acidic water won't do much in terms of health, it can be a pain to deal with. Copper pipes will become discolored with acidic water, and this can lead to stains on clothing from your washer, hard to remove stains around your drains, and even discoloration on your dishes. Here's how you can install a simple solution yourself.

Step 1: Prepare the Site

Have everything you may need handy before you begin. Read through the instructions provided with the kit, and take a look at any warnings. Since all kits may vary slightly, you will need to have a good grasp of the steps before you begin. Ensure you are working on level ground. Your work area should also be dry and at room temperature. This will keep the acid neutralizer stable while you are installing it. 

Step 2: Installing the Acid Neutralizer

You will need a drain, so your neutralizer can drain into that area when it needs too. You will want to make sure the line is on top of the neutralizer. You should leave room for air between the line and the neutralizer and should never place the line directly into the drain. You will then install the bypass valve to the control valve; you should tighten the screws to make sure the valves are securely in place. Hook up the water bypass tubes to the neutralizer, one for incoming, and one for outgoing water supply. You can connect these to the tail pieces of the neutralizer. The external flow control valve should be connected to the neutralizers outflow tubing. Start filling the neutralizer with the media, take care not to over fill it though, this could cause problems. Fill the tank with the neutralizer powder that was supplied with the kit. Seal the neutralizer as best you can by adding petroleum jelly, or another lubricant to the screws. 

Step 3: Completing the Installation

Make sure the main water supply has safely been shut off, and turn the neutralizer on. You can then continue to check for leaks within the system. If there are no leaks found then you have done the job correctly. Once the water starts to move forth through the tank, open one of the valves slowly until it is completely open. This allows you to backwash a small amount back into the acid neutralizer like it should be to keep a continuous flow. 

The acid neutralizer should last for some time. This isn't something that needs to be replaced often. Most brands will warranty the units for at least 10 years.