Reasons for Testing Your Water
Private water users should test at least yearly for bacteria and other chemicals that may be of interest. Even if your water is safe, yearly testing will enable you to have a record of your water's prior history, so that if a change occurs, you will know. In addition, should anyone damage your water supply, you will have proof of your water quality prior to the damage.
You have brass fixtures, lead pipes, or lead soldered joints in your household.
Your water has a strange taste or odor.
Your water is hard and is leaving soap scum on bathroom fixtures.
You are purchasing a home, and you want to test the efficiency of a current water treatment setup.
You want to purchase a water treatment setup for your house, but are not sure of what problems exist in your current water supply.
You want to test the efficiency of an existing water treatment setup.
- There is recurring gastrointestinal distress in your family or visiting guests.
- You are pregnant, or have a child less than six months old living in your household.
- Your well is next to a septic tank, and it is questionable if the septic tank is set back far enough from your well.
- Your property has an underground storage tank that is in close proximity to your well.
- Your property has a leaking gas tank that is next to your well.
- You have a new well, and want to test for the purity of your water.
- Your well is next to an area where livestock are kept.
- You have mixed pesticides or other chemicals near your well, or accidentally dropped these into your well.
- Your well does not meet current building codes.
- Your water stains laundry, or fixtures.
- You have noticed an increased amount of turbidity in your water.
- Your property is near a chemical plant, a gas station (either abandoned or not), mining operation, a landfill/dump, dry-cleaners, junkyard, heavily salted roadway, or an oil/gas drilling company.