The quality of your water is extremely important for the health of your family. Poor water quality can cause health issues, offensive taste and odor, and expensive water treatment systems, etc. The law requires that public water systems test and treat the provided municipal water, but this only occurs at the treatment plant. Before water reaches your home, it goes through miles of piping, some of which may be in disrepair and contain lead or other contaminants.
The EPA Safe Drinking Water Act classifies water contaminants into two groups: Primary (ones with health effects) and Secondary (ones with aesthetic effects). Some water may not exceed the Primary contaminates limits, but have Secondary contaminates that cause bad taste, color, or smell. Some water tests only focus on water potability (safe drinking) and could neglect other important water conditions. Water that is too high in mineral content can clog pipes and water heaters and water that is too acidic can be corrosive causing leaks in copper piping.
Even though water tapped from a private well is often higher quality, it rarely gets tested by the Owner even though the EPA recommends well water is tested annually or when a problem is suspected. If you are buying a home with a private well, it’s highly recommended you have a well water analysis performed to determine if the water quality meets current health standards.
Its not unheard of for Well water to become contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria and other chemicals. Common sources of contamination include seepage from septic systems, manure runoff, pet waste, pesticides, road chemicals, as well as dissolved chemicals naturally present in the groundwater, such as calcium, sulfur, chloride, or iron.
All of our testing for both well and municipal water is performed with a Complete Water Analysis Test Kit that test for 10 items including: Lead, Pesticide, Iron, Copper, Alkalinity (PH & Hardness), Chlorine, Nitrates, Nitrites, and Bacteria. Allow Conley Home Inspections, LLC to professionally test your home’s drinking water.
More information on water quality – https://www.nachi.org/waterquality.htm
Whether you have a public or private water supply, you should have your water tested if the following situations arise:
- Family members or house guests have recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness
- Household plumbing contains lead pipes, fittings, or solder joints
- When you are buying a home
- When a water softener is needed to treat hard water
- If you wish to monitor the efficiency and performance of home water treatment equipment
- When there are water stains at plumbing fixtures and laundry
- When water has an objectionable taste or odor
- When water appears cloudy, frothy, or colored
- When pipes or plumbing show signs of corrosion
- When water leaves scaly residues and soap scum, and lessens the cleaning action of soaps and detergents
- When water supply equipment (pump, chlorinators, etc.) wear rapidly