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HOUSEHOLD WATER TESTING

Home water testing is important for existing homeowners as well as those considering purchasing a home.  For homeowners the Environmental Protection Agency recommends you test your private well annually.  Even if you are not experiencing any current problems, routine testing establishes a history to help resolve issues you may have in the future.  If you are considering buying it is an important part of your home inspection to know the water is free of contaminates.

Why should I have my water tested?

There are many reasons to test your water.  If you are buying or selling a house it is an important to part of the inspection process to test the water.  In addition if there is a loan associated with the purchase the financing company may have requirements to show acceptable drinking water.  For a home you own it is important to know what is in the water you and your family are drinking. 

What do I test my water for?

What to test your water for depends on your specific situation.  If you are on a public water system, “city water”, a good place to start is with your Consumer Confidence Report.  This is an annual water quality report that includes all the testing performed by the municipality.  If there is something you want additional information on you can analyze.  If you have a private well the EPA recommends testing for total coliform bacteria and nitrates every year.  We recommend testing for arsenic because it is high here in southeastern Michigan.  If you have concerns about your water, call us and we can help you determine what testing is appropriate. 

I have been drinking my water for years and I am fine, it is clear and tastes good why should I test?

Unfortunately most contaminates have no taste, odor or color.  You would not know by drinking it that there is anything wrong.  Also most contaminations happen over time therefore, you may have built up immunity to the issue where it could make someone else sick.

Should I get reverse osmosis or other filter?

There are thousands of filtration systems available and not a single filter that will correct every water problem. For example, you can filter out minerals and still have bacteria. If your water needs treatment, it should be treated for your specific problem.  Every layer of filtration is one more place for bacteria to collect.  Furthermore, filtration systems require maintenance and should be tested to ensure they continue to function properly.

Should we just drink bottled water?

Tap water is regulated by the EPA and bottled water by the FDA.  The EPA has stricter regulations, inspections standards and disclosure rules.  Bottled water is not safer and costs thousands times more than tap water. Bottle water also has a huge environmental impact.  In the US we use 50 billion water bottles a year, most that end up in landfills.    Much of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle.  If taste is factor in most cases a carbon filter can improve the taste. 

What do I do if you find contaminates in my water? 

Most of the common elements we test for can be treated or filtered out.  Aquatest does not sell or endorse any one product over another.  We can put you in touch with the experts who can help find a solution for your specific issue. 

I am ready to test my water. How do I do that?

Consider your specific situation and if you want to test for the minimum, our basic package or our comprehensive.  There is also the option to pick and choose the individual tests you need.  You can stop by the lab anytime for a kit or order here on line and we will be glad to mail you a kit with bottles and directions how collect your samples.