One of the advantages of having municipal tap water is that the water is regularly tested and regulated by the EPA. Although we still suggest that New Hampshire homeowners get their city water tested independently, the EPA is able to provide a first line of defense and can notify homeowners when there is some kind of contamination outbreak. If you’re one of approximately 50 percent of New Hampshire homeowners who get their water from a private well, however, you’re not so lucky. This makes it all the more important to get your water tested. Today we’re going to talk about why well water testing is crucial for any owners of private wells and the types of contaminants you should look out for in your test results!
If you have well water, it’s up to you to test its quality
As we mentioned above, well water is not regulated by the EPA. As a result, it’s the responsibility of the owners of private wells to have their water quality tested and to take the necessary steps to address contamination problems.
Well water is susceptible to many of the same quality issues as municipal tap water, in addition to unique quality issues that arise from contaminants that exist underground and from agricultural and industrial runoff. These contamination issues can affect the taste and smell of your well water, and many of them can also cause both short- and long-term health effects in the people who consume it.
By getting your well water tested, you can know exactly what types of contamination problems your water faces and take the necessary steps to address them.
Make sure your well water is tested in a laboratory
McBride’s offers two types of water testing services. The first is a free at-home test that measures for contamination issues like iron, pH, hardness, chlorine and total dissolved solids. This will give you a surface-level view of your well water’s quality, but it doesn’t dig deep enough to show you if your well is contaminated by other commons well water contaminants. For that, you should turn to our comprehensive laboratory testing service.
McBride’s works with a state-certified testing laboratory in New Hampshire that measures the precise levels of not only the contaminants listed above, but also a wide-range of other contaminants that are commonly found in private wells. This includes contaminants like nitrates, nitrites, fluoride, manganese, arsenic, E. coli and coliform bacteria.
A comprehensive water test will show you exactly what quality issues your well water faces and is the best first step toward improving the quality of your home’s well water.
What should you do about your well water testing results?
When your comprehensive water test is complete, you’ll receive a copy of the results that show what types of contaminants were found in your water and at what levels. You can use that information to choose the perfect type of water filtration system to install in your home. McBride’s offers water systems that can address any type of contaminant that shows up in your well water testing results, including systems that are designed to remove specific contaminants as well as systems that can address a wide-range of quality issues.
If you have any questions about well water testing, or if you’d like a water system serviced or installed in your home, contact McBride’s Water Advantage, your water softener and water filtration system dealer in Epsom, New Hampshire. We provide service all over New Hampshire, including towns like Concord, Alton and Hooksett, NH.
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