As one of our most vital resources, water is often taken for granted even though we rely on it heavily for cleaning, cooking, drinking, and personal hygiene. If you use well water in your home, it’s important that you have it regularly tested for bacteria and chemicals so you and your family aren’t exposed to any unnecessary hazards. So, how often should you have it tested? To answer this, it’s important to understand the well water testing process.
Reasons for Testing Your Well Water
When exposed to the elements in nature and the environment, well water can easily become contaminated by several detrimental things if it’s not maintained properly. Even if it’s only for irrigating your property or watering your livestock, it’s important to be aware of any issues with your water system so that you can properly maintain it. If you want to ensure that your drinking water supply is safe, testing is the answer.
While it’s easy for bacteria, chemicals, parasites, and viruses to find their way into your water, our well water testing team can identify any existing problems and propose the proper well water treatment solution. Furthermore, well water testing can determine the presence of nuisance impurities including iron and manganese. Consequently, there are numerous reasons to be concerned about the quality of your well water.
What Well Water Tests should be performed?
Professionally testing your well water will give you a thorough picture of the water in your system. Water potability is a key factor, especially where human and animal consumption is concerned. However, performing more comprehensive tests is equally as important. Common factors that we test for include:
- arsenic, pesticide, selenium, and uranium contamination
- coliform bacteria
- pH levels
- total dissolved solids
How often should You have Your Well Water tested?
We recommend testing your healthy water a minimum of once annually. However, more frequent testing of water that is being consumed can ensure that it is always safe to drink or use. Shallow wells should be tested more often. Testing for chemicals and other such contaminants should be done a minimum of once every 5 years, although more frequent testing will provide more peace of mind. Quality of water is important for the good health of the residents and employees. That is why it is essential to make sure that water testing is done as advised by the experts. If additional well drilling has been done or you had a new well installed recently, it’s a good idea to have it tested as contaminants in the surrounding soil can easily be stirred up. To learn more, call Florida Inspections Unlimited in Broward today at 954-861-0666.