Home water testing quickly becomes complicated when you try to tackle it all yourself. If you consult with a certified water professional, they explain the whole process step by step and recommend a custom water treatment method that addresses your specific water issues. Be proactive and contact a professional if you notice strange odors or colors in your water or the water pressure is low. With the proper testing and analysis, you can address impurities in your water and mitigate any damage to your plumbing.
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When Should You Get Your Water Tested?
Testing frequency depends upon your water source, well or municipal. If your source is from a well, test your water once a year. If your water source is from a municipality test it anytime you think there is an issue with your water. If you identify other problems or have any questions, contact a certified water quality professional.
Common Issues with Water Quality
It can be very challenging to determine what to test for in your water, that's why a water quality specialist is so important. They are familiar with the issues specific to your area and the impurities frequently found in the region. Typical testing for water contaminants may include tests for:
- Coliform bacteria
- E. Coli
- Volatile organic chemicals
- Inorganic compounds
Of all these issues hard water is one of the most common complaints professionals hear from homeowners. Hard water contains metals and natural minerals, and although it is not a health concern, it can lead to scale buildup in your hot water system and other plumbing. But the biggest complaint from homeowners is that hard water doesn't clean as well as soft water, and it requires more dish detergent and shampoo to create suds.
Testing Water for Hardness
Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon (GPG) on a calcium carbonate scale according to the USGS standards:
- Soft water: 0 - 2 gpg
- Moderately hard water: 3 – 6 gpg
- Hard water: 7 – 10 gpg
- Very hard water: > 10 gpg
Certain Services Inc is a water treatment specialist, certified by the National Water Quality Association (WQA) and they posted a video to explain the process of hard water testing in your home. Using free agent drops combined with drops of dye they can determine the hardness of your water on the Water Quality Association (WQA) hardness scale. Soft water foams quickly and creates many suds with the addition of soap, but hard water does not foam well and stays cloudy, as the soap attempts to clean all the extra minerals in the water.
Water Treatment Methods for Hard Water
Because hard water affects the plumbing and appliances throughout the home, whole house or point of entry solutions work well to soften the water. Typical whole house methods to soften water include:
- Chemical softening - lime softening, hot and cold; lime-soda softening
- Membrane separation softening - Nanofiltration
- Cation exchange softening - inorganic, carbonaceous, or organic base exchangers
These systems extend the life of your washing machine, dishwasher, water heating systems, and other appliances. Softening your water is an important process to halt the damage occurring in your plumbing.
If your dishes have water spots, your shampoo produces no suds and your hair feels flat, the culprit is most likely hard water. Stiff, dingy laundry and scale buildup in sinks and tubs also indicate it's time to schedule a water test. Enjoy sparkling dishes and softer clothes and hair with a water softening solution custom designed for your home. Contact us at Certain Services, Inc today, and we'll help you address all your water quality issues.