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Common Water CONTAMINANTS

Chlorine

City water is a stream of chlorine coming to your house. Why is chlorine in drinking water dangerous? Because when chlorine mixes with even minute amounts of organic compounds that are very often found in water, harmful by-products, called Trihalomethanes (THMs) are produced. These by-products produce free radicals in the body, which trigger cell damage — and are highly carcinogenic, even in small amounts. 

Hardness

You have hard water if you see white buildup in your shower, dishes, glassware, and refrigerator water spigot. Hard water is hard on you and your home. Symptoms include: dingy laundry, dry skin, higher energy cost, itchy scalp, mineral deposits,  etc. 

Sulfur 

Most people can tell immediately that they have sulfur in the water by the potent rotten egg smell coming out of their tap. Plus it creates a "healthy” environment for bacteria to flourish. 

Iron 

Although iron won’t damage your health it will destroy your home and food. It stains everything it touches: laundry, sinks, tubs, dishes, faucets, etc. Vegetables cooked in iron water turn dark and absorb the metallic taste of the water.

TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)

Pure water is often called the universal solvent. Total dissolved solids (TDS) is the test that measures any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in the water. The higher the number the more dissolved solids in the water. 

Bacteria

We test for bacteria in mainly well water applications. Highly chlorinated municipal water prevent bacteria from typically growing. We take a sample at the source of the well, and take it back to our lab to test for E.Coli or Coliform. A positive bacteria test indicates that the water may be contaminated by human or animal feces, and is harmful to human health.

pH (Acidic/Alkaline)

Acidic water can corrode or dissolve metals and other substances. Potentially causing pinhole leaks in copper pipes. High pH causes a bitter taste and water using appliances to be filled with deposits.

More in depth testing 

We have a Hach DR900 onsite where we can test for a wide range of water contaminants. This is only by special request due to the time it takes to perform these tests. Checkout all the contaminates we can test for here.