Why Is Water Testing Important?

2 June 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Household water quality is increasingly becoming unreliable and inconsistent across towns and neighborhoods. Considering that Americans use about 100 gallons of water every day, water plays an important part in our health and quality of life. When water quality is below standard, everything from the plumbing pipes in your house to your family's health can be affected.

Damaged Appliances and Plumbing

Hard water is characterized by an imbalance of calcium, iron and/or magnesium content. The telltale signs include dry skin, rust colored stains on laundered clothing and around sink drains, and a noisy or leaking water heater, among others. Hard water can damage the condition of your hair, cause rusted pipes and negatively impact your water heater's performance. A simple and inexpensive water test can tell you whether you have hard water.  

One complete solution for hard water is to install a whole house water softener. This system would work where the water enters your home, so in the future all the water your family uses for bathing and showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry would be softened automatically.

Chronic Illness

Bacteria and viruses can contaminate household water through a variety of sources. If your town is experiencing a problem with biological contamination, they may issue a warning to residents to either refrain from using tap water or to boil the water before use. Warnings like these are frightening to everyone, but especially those who have weakened immune systems or to the very young or old. Bacteria and viruses can also enter your home's water supply if your outside well has been breached, or if your septic system is leaking. If your household water contains biological contaminants, your family may experience mysterious chronic illness, or sudden severe symptoms that warrant immediate medical care. Water testing can tell you whether your water contains biological contaminants at dangerous levels.

A water testing company can send you a home testing kit. Simply follow the instructions carefully and either mail back your sample or drop it off in person. When the results arrive back in a few days, the company will provide a detailed explanation of what they found, and what those findings mean. Any negative results will necessitate a professional water treatment service to alleviate the problem.

Don't jeopardize your family's health and safety unnecessarily. Water testing is affordable and simple to perform. In many cases, a simple water test may lead to diagnosis of a problem that prevents expensive medical bills or household repair bills down the road. For more information, contact a business such as Funks Drilling Inc.