Water testing is an important step in ensuring that your family and home environment is safe and properly cared for..
If you have a well system it is often required for a mortgage, and regular testing is recommended by the EPA. While the public water supply in the US is generally safe and regularly tested, there are also times when testing can be appropriate in any home. Many water problems can originate from the home itself. Concerns like plumbing suspected to contain lead solder or lead supply piping, foul odors or colored water, metallic taste, hard water, staining of fixtures or clothing, individual health concerns, or just plain piece of mind are more than enough reason to have your home's water tested.
The National Ground Water Association recommends well owners test the water:
At Vertex we can take care of it all for you and have four packaged levels of testing ranging from basic coliform bacteria testing to more comprehensive water testing. See the chart below for what is included in each package. We also offer custom testing that can include any of the above and much more. Once again our Vertex Signature Service always strives to provide you with all of the inspection and testing services that you require in order to have the whole picture of your home including your water system.
Testing for Manganese, Copper, Arsenic and more is also available. Lead, Copper, and Arsenic require longer turnaround times. For details and pricing to build your own custom water testing package. Call or email today 571-765-1515, firstname.lastname@example.org
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What is it we are testing for?
Total Coliform Bacteria and E Coli
E. coli is a type of fecal coliform bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans. The presence of E. coli in water is a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste contamination. Sewage may contain many types of disease-causing organisms. Although most strains are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, one particular strain produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness. The action level for this particular contaminant is anything above zero
Nitrates and Nitrites
There are two health concerns when drinking water with high levels of nitrates or nitrites. The first is with infants being at risk for methemoglobinemia (“blue baby syndrome”):
Silica, or sand, comes from the weathering of silicate minerals in the ground. It causes no harmful effects to humans, but large amounts can cause scaling in pipes that impacts water flow, and it can interfere with iron and manganese removal.
Turbidity, or cloudiness, can provide food and shelter for pathogens. Turbidity can promote regrowth of pathogens in the distribution system, which has caused significant cases of gastroenteritis throughout the US. Although turbidity is not a direct indicator of health risk, numerous studies show a strong relationship between removal of turbidity and removal of protozoa.
PH Testing is important mainly for your plumbing system as a whole. If water is too acidic it can quickly corrode metal pipes and can lead to staining (blue-green) in fixtures as well as premature pipe failure
Lead, Mercury, and Arsenic
Heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic can have health effects ranging from poor fetal development to irreversible liver and kidney damage.
Iron can cause a metallic tase and stain clothes and fixtures with rust.
Short term exposure to Copper can cause Gastrointestinal distress and Long term exposure can cause Liver or kidney damage. Copper can appear as a sign of underlying problems in your plumbing as well. People with Wilson's Disease should consult their personal doctor if the amount of copper in their water exceeds the action level.
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