Key Factors to Consider When Buying Acid Neutralizers

If your water's pH dips below the neutral level of 7, you're dealing with acidic water, which can lead to corrosion of your home's plumbing and potential health hazards. Acid neutralizers are the solution. With many options in the market, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. This guide is here to simplify the process.

Quality of the Acid Neutralizer

When it comes to choosing an acid neutralizer, quality should be your top priority. High-quality neutralizers effectively raise your water's pH levels, reducing the corrosion caused by acidic water. They also tend to be more durable, requiring fewer maintenance checks and replacements over time. Before buying, check customer reviews and research thoroughly to assess the quality.

Type of Acid Neutralizer

Acid neutralizers come in two main types—calcite acid neutralizers and chemical feed systems. Calcite neutralizers use natural calcite or a blend of calcite and Corosex to neutralize acidity, making them suitable for treating acidic water. On the other hand, while chemical feed systems are also an option in treating acidic water, they are more expensive to both purchase and maintain and they come with a host of maintenance issues. The chemical systems quickly become a major pain for home owners, for this reason we strongly recommend a natural (calcite) acid neutralizer system for your home.

Size of the Acid Neutralizer

The size of your acid neutralizer typically depends on the acidity of your household water. For instance, water with a pH of 6 or higher would call for a 1.5 cubic foot neutralizer, while highly acidic water (with a pH ranging between 4.0 and 5.4) would need a 2.5 or even 3.5 cubic foot neutralizer. Remember, the more acidic your water, the larger the neutralizer needed. For a more in depth look at what's right for your home, check our essential guide for buying an acid neutralizer.

Backwashing vs Non-backwashing

Deciding whether you want a backwashing or non-backwashing neutralizer is another important factor. Backwashing neutralizers rinse themselves to remove collected impurities, extending their lifespan and efficiency. While effective, these require more water and are more difficult install and maintain. In contrast, non-backwashing systems don't require a drain connection, use less water, and are easier to install and maintain. Your choice should be based on the level of acidity in your household. For less acidic water we would suggest a non-backwashing system that would waste much less water. However, more acidic household water (lower on the pH scale) would likely require a backwashing system.


Prices of acid neutralizers can vary significantly based on their size, type, brand, and whether they are backwashing or non-backwashing. Set a budget that considers not just the initial purchase price, but also the ongoing maintenance and replenishing of the neutralizing agent. When making this decision, make sure to consider the levels of acidity in your water supply. With many factors to consider, a in-depth look at acid neutralizers can be helpful to provide more insight.

Customer Support

Consider the level of customer support offered by the manufacturer or supplier. A reliable company will assist you through the installation process, answer your questions, and help resolve any issues that arise during the lifespan of the unit. Mid Atlantic Water provides an incredible experience in helping you decide the right water filtration system for your home, just take a look at our happy customers' reviews yourself.


Understanding the factors that influence the choice of an acid neutralizer will help ensure you purchase the one best suited to your needs. Need more help deciding? Check out our comprehensive guide on Acid Neutralizers or browse through our collection of recommended Acid Neutralizers for purchase. If you'd like more information and professional advice, feel free to contact us at 800-460-5810 or email us at

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