Should You Test Your Well Water Regularly?

If your home has well water then your water comes from an aquifer in the ground. The problem with well water, however, is that it is not regulated by the EPA and is, therefore, your responsibility to determine its suitability for drinking and other uses.

At Ising’s Culligan of Stockton, we can perform a free in-home water test that will show you the presence of harmful contaminants and we can advise you on how to treat your water to make it safe for drinking and other uses.

Why You Should Test Your Well Water

Well water can contain many potential contaminants and taste, look, or smell unpleasant. However, just because your water tastes and appears perfectly normal doesn’t mean that it doesn’t contain harmful bacteria and other contaminants.

The only way to find out is to test your water for the presence of these contaminants. Well water is also prone to water hardness which can lead to other issues such as dry skin and hair, soap scum, and deposits that accumulate around water appliances.

What to Test For

Because well water comes from the ground, the water can be tampered with or affected by human and natural activity such as flooding, drilling, waste disposal, pesticides, or naturally occurring chemicals. Contaminants and other substances may pass through your pipes when your water runs through and may then unknowingly be consumed by you.

As a result, the CDC recommends that you test for the following:

  • pH
  • Nitrates
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Coliform bacteria
  • Total dissolved solids

When to Test Your Water

So now we know what to test for, but when should we be testing out water and how is it done? The CDC also has guidelines for how often you should test your well water for contaminants and naturally occurring harmful substances: once a year. However, you should also be testing when any of the following events occurs:

  • Issues with your local water supply have been brought to your attention
  • You have replaced or repaired a part in your water system
  • There is a noticeable change in the quality of your water
  • Problems have recently occurred near your well such as flooding or a nearby waste disposal site

At Ising’s Culligan of Stockton, we offer free in-home water testing so you can find out exactly what’s in your water supply and whether or not is safe for you to drink.

Treating Well Water

Our in-home water testing is a free public service with no hidden fees and no obligation to purchase a water treatment if your water tests positive for contaminants. However, we can advise you on potential solutions to treat your water with equipment such as a water softener, a reverse osmosis water filter, or a whole house water filter.

If you’d like to test the quality and safety of your drinking water, contact us at Ising’s Culligan of Stockton today by calling 209-690-0007 or filling out our online contact form.

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