How to Test Your Home’s Water

Why Should I Test My Water Quality?

From drinking to cooking and cleaning, water is something you use every day. And while your water may appear clean to the naked eye, you can’t always detect contaminated water by just looking at it. While some problems surface in the form of foul odors, tastes or residue, others may go unnoticed. Which is why it’s important to regularly test your water so that you can provide your loved ones with fresher, cleaner water.

You should test your water quality if you:

  • Moved into a new home
  • Obtain your water supply from a private well
  • Notice foul tastes or odors in your food or water
  • Spot stains near faucets, drains or on water-using appliances

Wondering “how often should I test my water quality?” We suggest once a year, if not more often, to account for changes in your local water supply that may go unannounced. Whether you receive your water from a public water supply or from a private well, it’s susceptible to contaminants. Be sure you know exactly what’s in your water by getting it tested.


What Are Water Testing Kits?

Our water testing kits are out-of-the-box tests that can detect select contaminants. Each kit comes with a set of instructions as well as the materials you’ll need to perform each assessment. Results may take anywhere from several seconds to a few minutes to appear.
As a part of the do-it-yourself approach, you’ll need to spend some time deciphering the results. While Culligan’s Essential Water Lab Test Kit can be fully completed in your home, the Comprehensive Water Lab Test Kit requires that several samples be mailed into our certified lab for more in-depth results.


What Do the Kits Test for?

From bacteria and pesticides to pH levels and hardness, Culligan’s water test kits can check for a variety of contaminants in your water. Both the Essential and Comprehensive Water Lab Test Kits can test for:

  • Lead
  • Bacteria
  • Pesticides
  • Chlorine
  • Iron
  • pH
  • Copper
  • Nitrite/Nitrate
  • Alkalinity
  • Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

With the Comprehensive Water Lab Test Kit, you can also test for:

  • Arsenic
  • Magnesium
  • Chloride
  • Sulfate
  • Aluminum
  • Zinc
  • Fluoride
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Barium
  • Silica
  • Strontium
  • Tannins
  • Turbidity

Can a Culligan Expert Test My Water Quality?

If you’d rather not test the water yourself or send samples to our lab, you can easily, and quickly, have your water tested by a trusted professional. Your local Culligan of Stockton Water Expert can conduct an in-home water test at a date and time that’s most convenient to you. Choose from our basic test or our standard, certified test.

A basic consultation is free of charge and can test for hardness in your water, TDS and pH levels. The standard test can identify even more contaminants, such as iron, copper and sodium fluoride. Regardless of the test you choose, enjoy peace of mind with fast results and custom solutions recommended by your local Culligan of Stockton Water Expert.

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