When should I consider a water quality analysis?

There are many conditions within the home and nearby environment that would point to getting your water tested.

Answer

Consider a professional water quality analysis if you experience any of the following conditions.

Conditions or Nearby ActivitiesRecommended Analysis
Recurrent gastrointestinal illnessColiform bacteria
A suspicion that household plumbing contains leadpH, lead, copper
Radon in indoor air or region is radon richRadon
Hand soap does not later or there is a scaly residueHardness
Hard water residue – water treatment needed to remedy hardnessManganese, iron
Stained plumbing fixtures, laundryiron, copper, manganese
Objectionable taste or smellHydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals
Water appears cloudy, frothy or coloredColor, detergents
Corrosion of pipes, plumbingCorrosion, pH, lead
Rapid wear of water treatment equipmentpH, corrosion
Nearby areas of intensive agricultureNitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria
Coal or other mining operation nearbyMetals, pH, corrosion
Gas drilling operation nearbyChloride, sodium, barium, strontium
Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanksVolatile organic compounds (VOC)
Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory or dry-cleaning operation nearbyVOC, Total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, sulfate, chloride, metals
Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearbyChloride, TDS, sodium