Water is essential for life. There are just no two ways about it. Whether you are young and active or older and sedentary, water is essential for everyone. Where we get our water depends largely on where we live. Whether your water comes from a reservoir, a river, or a ground well, it is important to ensure that what you are drinking is safe.

As the US continues to develop and our population grows, it is becoming more and more important to ensure clean drinking water. Certain cities no longer have the tools and infrastructure to effectively deliver clean drinking water, forcing residents to purchase bottled water, which is expensive and inefficient.

What if there was a way that you could ensure that you and your family had access to clean drinking water regardless of the municipal water infrastructure or the quality of water in your well?

One of the first steps to securing clean, safe, and potable water is to test it. Many homeowners don’t even know that their water may be contaminated with millions of bacteria, chemicals, or pharmaceuticals. Thanks to pollution and rapid urbanization, drinking water is getting dirtier and more unsafe. Starting off with a water test will give you an excellent baseline to decide what home water solutions you need.

At Home Water Solutions in Loveland, Colorado, Thornton, Colorado, and Hayden, Idaho, we believe that everyone should have access to safe, clean, and pure drinking water. Whether you get your water from a private well or you get your water from a municipality, Home Water Solutions can ensure your water is safe to drink. We offer free water tests performed by our highly trained technicians. If you are interested in getting a top-of-the-line whole house water filter, be sure to visit our website today or contact us for a free water test today!

Home Water Tests 101

Home water tests are relatively simple procedures, depending on what you want to test for. Water quality testing can uncover detrimental contaminants in your water, but it can also successfully uncover the water hardness levels and pH levels. As we have covered in previous blogs, water hardness can lead to many cosmetic health conditions as well as pipe and water pressure issues.

While water hardness is an important reason to get a water quality test, the more pressing issue is discovering the bacterial, chemical, and pharmaceutical contaminants in your water supply. Water quality tests will uncover a plethora of water contaminants and organisms that can cause diseases. For example, if you or your family experience frequent stomach and gastrointestinal illnesses, you might want to consider testing for coliform bacteria in your water supply.

Another important consideration when conducting a water test is understanding your town’s environment and economy. For instance, if you are located in a town that has significant mining or oil drilling operations, like much of northern Colorado, then you may want to test for heavy metals in your water supply. Heavy metals can lead to a variety of health conditions and complications. If you are located near agricultural industries, you should also test your water for the presence of pesticides, heavy metals, nitrates, and bacteria that can be a result of agricultural runoff.

If you aren’t near any major industries or farming operations, there are still a variety of ways to check if you should test your water. There are certain tell-tale signs of contaminated water that you should be aware of. If your water has a strong chlorine taste, metallic taste, or rotten egg/sulphuric scent, it might be a wise decision to get your water tested. Alternatively, if you notice increased sickness or water discoloration, be sure to purchase a water quality test kit.

How To Get Your Water Tested

There are a variety of different methods for getting your water tested. No matter what your budget is, there are plenty of options.

One of the most expensive, but most comprehensive, options is to send a sample of your water to a water testing lab. This type of test will analyze your water on multiple levels so that you can understand the type of bacteria or the exact metals that are in your water supply. Because this test is so comprehensive and detailed, it usually is cost prohibitive to many households.

Another option for water quality testing is to purchase a kit that you can do yourself. These kits don’t cost much money, and they can give you a decent reading on what contaminants are in your water supply. You can purchase the kits on Amazon or a local hardware store. The one downside to these kits is that they may not test for every contaminant that could be in your drinking water. As a result, you may think your water is safe when there very well could be undetected contaminants.

One of the best options is to hire a professional to do your water testing. While this option may sound expensive, it usually isn’t. At Home Water Solutions, we provide free water testing for residents in northern Colorado and Idaho. No matter how contaminated or clean you think your water is, we can run a comprehensive test to ensure that your water is safe to drink. If it’s not, we can provide you with a variety of water filter solutions. Contact us today to get your free water quality test, or call us if you have any questions at 303-984-9642.