CONDUCTING AN ON-SITE WATER TEST
A water test can be performed for certain items on-site with industry standard test kits and get reliable readings right at your home. Based on the test results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. The on-site testing can be performed for the following:
Hardness > pH > Iron > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Alkalinity > Chlorine
For a more complete water test and analysis, including tests for health threat items like radon, arsenic, bacteria, etc., we recommend pulling proper water samples for testing at a certified laboratory. In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary.
WATER TESTS THAT REQUIRE A CERTIFIED LABORATORY
For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol. From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.
We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done. The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet–. Water testing from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration system or water softener system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.
For more information on when and how often you should perform water testing and related information, see the link at Water Testing link
TAKING YOUR OWN WATER SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB
If you would prefer to take water samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you and present water filtration or water softening alternatives if required.