If you get your water from a well, then you do not have the luxury of using water that has already passed through testing by the city or county in which you reside. And thinking about what microscopic bacteria and chemicals could be present in the water that you drink is frightening. Because drinking contaminated water can make an entire family extremely sick. But it is entirely up to you to make sure the water that your family uses is safe.
Once you have decided that it is time to take action to ensure the safety of your family’s drinking water, you will need to know what to test for and how to go about performing the test. An extensive list of contaminants can seep deep underground and eventually find their way into your well. As a result, it is important that you find a way to test for a wide range of types of contaminants. Refer to the following options to help you with the process of ensuring the drinkability of your well water.
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Buy an At-Home Testing Kit
The cheapest option to test the quality of your well water is to buy a kit that allows you to test for contaminants without needing the help of a professional. You can find standard tests at large hardware stores. However, in order to make sure that you are testing for every possible contaminant, you may want to shop for testing kits online. By researching kits online, you can take your time figuring out the best kit for you.
Outsource the Testing to a Lab
If you do not trust a kit that you buy at a store, then you can talk to employees at your local water company and ask them to recommend an independent lab that specializes in water testing. You can also search for a lab online.
After you have decided on a lab to use, make sure to let the staff at the lab know which type of contaminants you would like for them to test for. The more types of testing that you ask for the lab to conduct, the more you will end up paying for the service. However, no matter the price, being thorough when it comes to the safety of your family is always a good idea.
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Understand the Results
Whether you decided to test your well water with a kit or by a professional at a lab, the next step is becoming educated in what you need to do with the results. Each time that you receive the results of the testing performed on the water coming from your well, document them on your computer or in a notebook. By doing so, you can track any changes over time and know which type of bacteria or chemicals are most commonly present in your water source. This information will help you choose the exact kind of tests that you need to focus on the most in the future.
The type of treatments that you need to consider for your well water depend on what the results of the testing unveil. The solution to your issue could be as simple as buying a filtration system. A filter can be installed in several places, but the most common spot is with the plumbing under your sinks. A filter will allow you to remove many impurities from your water source.
Another option for treatment is adding a water softener to your well. A water softener works by reducing the minerals in the water and thereby reducing the hardness of the water. While this option reduces some harmful contaminants, it is not a comprehensive approach to treat all harmful aspects of your water supply.
Finally, you can choose to treat your water with a distillation system. This type of treatment includes boiling all of the water before it enters the pipes in your home.
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When you choose to just cross your fingers and take no action whatsoever when it comes to ensuring the safety of your well water, you are essentially saying that you do not mind risking the well-being of yourself or your family members. With the health of your loved ones at stake, knowing exactly what you need to do to be aware of the contents of the water coming from your well is essential.
So pick a method to test the water that comes from your well. Make a plan for the testing and stick with a schedule. And make sure that the schedule requires that a thorough test is performed no less than once a year. As a result, you and your family can have peace of mind when it comes to the safety of the water that you drink.
My name is Jon Godfrey and I am the creator of Water Filter Answers. In addition to running that website, I have a deep commitment to environmental issues. When I have off time (it’s becoming very rare these days), I like to relax and go fishing or hunting.
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