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Should I Schedule Water Testing for My Home?

Posted on: December 19, 2016

Yes, you should.

Okay, you probably want more details than that. We just wanted to get that out of the way up front. If you’re asking this question, then you almost certainly need to have water testing.

Why Water Testing Is Important

It’s easy to think that water testing isn’t that important because the water that comes into your home comes from a municipal system. The water there must go through extensive treatment. In fact, municipal water treatment systems are more extensive than those used for commercially bottled water. Yes, you heard that right: tap water is often better than bottled water.

The problem comes in when the water leaves the treatment plants and travels through pipes to homes. Contamination can get into the water during this trip from ground seepage that brings in heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, etc. It can also develop problems from the pipes itself and turn acidic. Minerals can cause it to become hard water. By the time it reaches your home, it could have a variety of impurities that make it bad tasting, foul-smelling, damaging to the plumbing and appliances, and unhealthy to drink.

It can happen to any home, and that’s why we recommend that you have water testing if you haven’t done it before. (If you receive your fresh water from a well, then you absolutely must have water testing.)

What You’ll Learn from Water Testing

Testing requires about a week. Specialists take samples from different parts of your home and then send them to a laboratory. The laboratory runs tests and prints up a list of the results that measure things like pH levels, alkalinity, turbidity, and the presence of hard water minerals, chemicals, and heavy metals.

You’ll receive this breakdown from the specialists, who will also give you advice on what type of water treatment systems offer the best way to counteract the problem. You’ll be on your way to fresh, purified water in your home in no time.

Bud Matthews Services offers water testing and other water treatment services in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas.

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