Dec 14, 2018

How to Test Your Water Quality

Do you live in a city with frequent water bans? Are you suspicious that your well water or city water is contaminated? Is your family always complaining that the water tastes bad or smells strange? Most modern households in America get their water from a local treatment plant, where the water quality is held to the highest standards. Unfortunately, there are some cases when the city fails to do its job correctly, or times when the fresh water becomes contaminated by corroding pipes or nearby ground pollution. Also, those who live in the country and use well water pumped from their land may have a corrupted water source. Thankfully, testing your water quality is a simple, straightforward process that can be performed by any home owner. At Mr. Rooter of Atlanta, we enjoy helping our customers achieve safe water for their loved ones. Here are a few tips on how you can test your water, and what can be done if you discover a problem. 

Why Would You Test Your Home’s Water?

Most water is safe to drink, especially if it comes from your city treatment plant. Despite this, no source of water is completely pure, as it will inevitably encounter minerals, microorganisms and other materials on its way to your faucet. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to test your water supply if you suspect any contamination. In addition, those who live in rural areas and depend on wells should test their water every year to be certain their ground water is still safe and reliable. 

How to Test Water Quality

Testing the water is very simple. Basic water testing kits can be purchased online and at local hardware stores. Once you’ve placed the water inside the test tube, it needs to be sent to a laboratory that’s been accredited by the Department of Environmental Protection, also known as the DEP. Your kit should come with information on which address your package needs to be sent. The laboratory will test for the presence of certain chemicals, water hardness, arsenic, metals, nitrates, bacteria, E. coli, lead, copper and more. If you’re looking for traces of a specific contaminate, you may need to purchase a specialized kit. 

What You Can Do to Improve Your Water

If the test results you receive show signs of contamination, then it’s important to act right away. Your family drinks, cooks, washes clothing and takes showers with the corrupted water supply, so you need to address the problem quickly. You may need to install a whole house water filter, replace corroding pipes or use a water softener. Get help from a certified plumber who can view the test results, and thoroughly inspect your plumbing system for potential solutions. 

Are You Searching for a Certified Plumber Near You? Call Mr. Rooter of Atlanta

Is your family disappointed by your water quality test results? Let the experts at Mr. Rooter of Atlanta help you solve your plumbing problems. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers provide a wide range of commercial and residential services in Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Georgia and other surrounding metro area neighborhoods. Contact our office today to find out how we can help. 

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