High water pH in apartment

Hi plumbers of reddit. My roommate and I moved into our apartment in August. He was atopic dermatitis/eczema, I have no skin issues. Right away, he started having way worse skin issues than ever. I noticed that I felt stickier and my hair was worse. We quickly figured out we had hard water, about 70 ppm. Also chlorine levels so high we could smell it. We got a ShowerStick and a KDF 55 filter, both helped with hardness and chlorine. But his skin issues didn't stop. When I tested the pH back when I was doing my sleuthing, I don't recall it being egregious. But with the pool strips I used then that I used again today, and the H2Ok kit I got today, the pH was over 9. This is true for both filtered and unfiltered water, but only with hot water, water that doesn't pass through the hot water pipes or tank is fine. I got the additional kit because I suspected copper because I drew a bath and it was blue tinted. Copper was around 0.6 for both filtered and unfiltered hot. Our water tank does have copper pipes. I tried asking our super and building manager about getting a water heater flush when I first suspected hardness, but they said that isn't something they do, and the heater is only from 2016 so it's still "new." A whole house filter isn't a solution since. Apartment. But we're basically showering in baking soda right now. Our landlord and super are really good and attentive (shockingly!) so if I can properly pinpoint the problem, I bet I could get them to fix it, but I don't really know what would cause our hot water to have such a higher pH than cold. What could the cause be? And if they won't fix it, what are some things I can do to ease our suffering? TIA! submitted by /u/MsAmericanPi [link] [comments]

Hi plumbers of reddit. My roommate and I moved into our apartment in August. He was atopic dermatitis/eczema, I have no skin issues. Right away, he started having way worse skin issues than ever. I noticed that I felt stickier and my hair was worse. We quickly figured out we had hard water, about 70 ppm. Also chlorine levels so high we could smell it. We got a ShowerStick and a KDF 55 filter, both helped with hardness and chlorine. But his skin issues didn't stop. When I tested the pH back when I was doing my sleuthing, I don't recall it being egregious. But with the pool strips I used then that I used again today, and the H2Ok kit I got today, the pH was over 9. This is true for both filtered and unfiltered water, but only with hot water, water that doesn't pass through the hot water pipes or tank is fine.

I got the additional kit because I suspected copper because I drew a bath and it was blue tinted. Copper was around 0.6 for both filtered and unfiltered hot. Our water tank does have copper pipes. I tried asking our super and building manager about getting a water heater flush when I first suspected hardness, but they said that isn't something they do, and the heater is only from 2016 so it's still "new."

A whole house filter isn't a solution since. Apartment. But we're basically showering in baking soda right now. Our landlord and super are really good and attentive (shockingly!) so if I can properly pinpoint the problem, I bet I could get them to fix it, but I don't really know what would cause our hot water to have such a higher pH than cold. What could the cause be? And if they won't fix it, what are some things I can do to ease our suffering? TIA!

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