Water testing does a thorough job of finding out if the water in a home contains unhealthy pollutants. The testing usually takes around a week: a team of professionals comes to the house to take samples from different water sources in the house, and then sends them to a lab. A week later, the lab results return, and the professionals go over the report with the homeowners and offer suggestions for how to improve water quality.
We’re proud to offer water testing services, as well as filters, UV water purifiers, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems to purifier a home’s water. If you aren’t sure if you should have water testing done, here’s a few ways to tell the time has come:
1. You’ve never had water testing before
Yes, the easiest sign that you need water testing is that you simply haven’t had it done. Almost any home can benefit from water testing—and even if the testing doesn’t find issues that need addressing, you’ll be glad to have the peace of mind.
2. Your water comes from a well
It’s essential to have your water tested regularly (as in once a year) if you receive the water from a well rather than the municipal system. The water from a well doesn’t go through a treatment plant, and there could be numerous ground contaminants in it.
3. High turbidity in the water (i.e. the water looks cloudy)
If you look at a glass of water poured from one of the taps, and it appears cloudy, which means there’s high turbidity in the water. Testing will find out what is causing this and what to do about it.
4. A change in water taste or smell
Unpleasant metal tastes or rotten-egg odors in the water are warnings of problems such as heavy metals and sulfides.
5. Film and build-up over fixtures and surfaces
When water starts to leave a detectable film across surfaces (most noticeable on glass), then it’s likely you have hard water. Hard water also leaves flaky deposits on fixtures and can bleach out colors from clothing in the laundry.