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Water contamination can cause cancer, birth defects and Blue Baby Syndrome.


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Is Your Water Safe to Drink?

Many people ask the basic question, "Is My Water Safe to Drink?” This is not a simple question to answer, since drinking water can become contaminated from hundreds, if not thousands, of chemical and bacteriological parameters. Fortunately, most of these things will never be found in the average drinking water sample.

WATER QUALITY TEST

Water contamination can cause cancer, birth defects and Blue Baby Syndrome. Our Professional Water Quality Test offers 5 instant tests for over-chlorination (Causes cancer), nitrites/nitrates (causes Blue Baby Syndrome), hardness and alkalinity (clogs and damages pipes), and iron (stains fixtures, laundry and even hair). The tests are accurate and reliable. We know that man-made chemicals, the majority of which were introduced into society after World War II, have been poisoning our surface drinking water supplies for years. Over the decades they have filtered down and contaminated our vital underground drinking sources as well.

Some experts believe the toxins in our drinking water are the number one health threat causing cancer, heart disease and lead poisoning. Such chronic illnesses are brought on by the body's absorption. Water contaminants not only affect our health, but they can also corrode fixtures, stain and deteriorate clothing and household surfaces, alter the taste of food and drinking water, and slowly turn hair orange.


Chlorine
Chlorinating water is necessary for disinfecting; however, over-chlorination produces by-products known as trihalomethanes. One trihalomethane, chloroform, is a known carcinogen.

Nitrate/Nitrite
Nitrate/Nitrite is a chemical that seeps our drinking water from fertilizer, sewage, feed lots and other geological elements. Nitrate over 10 ppm reduces the amount of oxygen available to the fetus in pregnant women causing "Blue Baby Syndrome" (methemoglobulinemia). It is also considered an immediate threat to children 6 months to 1 year old, and is a major health threat to adults.

Iron
Iron is a mineral found in the ground that leaches into drinking water. Although a certain amount of iron is essential to good health, iron levels above .3 ppm cause water to taste bitter, stain and discolor our laundry, fixtures and hair. It is listed under the secondary standards for water.

Water Hardness
Water hardness is a measure of calcium and magnesium in water, neither of which are potential health risks in and of themselves. But hard water above 125 ppm tends to form scales inside pipes that, over time, can actually help to form a barrier from a dangerous lead contaminating drinking water from surrounding lead pipes. However, too much hard water buildup can clog pipes and heaters making cleaning operations much more difficult.

Low water hardness of less than 54 ppm can be corrosive to plumbing and should only be considered a problem if you have lead soldered pipes.

Water Acidity (pH)
Measurements below 7 indicate that the water is corrosive to plumbing, resulting in lead leaching into your tap water.

A desirable reading is between 7 and 7.5.   We will test for all of these water quality problems.

pH is a measure of the acidic or basic character of water. Results below 7 indicate acidity and one above 7 indicates alkalinity. Water with low pH can be corrosive to plumbing fixtures, hot water systems, and leave red stains on galvanized pipe, blue-green stains on copper, and may also release harmful amounts of lead into your water from solder joints and pipes.

Total Alkalinity is the ability of water to resist change in pH. A low total alkalinity may cause your water to appear cloudy and contribute to scaling. When the total alkalinity is too high the pH tends to be high as well.

Total Chlorine consists of both free chlorine and combined (already reacted) chlorine. Free chlorine affects the taste and odor of you water and may irritate your skin and eyes. Chlorine is used to disinfect water in both private and Public Water Systems. However, during the disinfection process, excessive amounts of chlorine may react with decaying organic matter to form trihalomethanes, which can cause cancer.

Total Hardness is a measure of calcium and magnesium in your water. Hard water over 125 parts per million tends to form scales inside pipes creating a barrier between lead solder and the water itself thereby helping to prevent lead from entering into you drinking water. Low hardness, (soft water), less than 54 parts per million, can be corrosive to your plumbing.

Copper

Copper, is a metal which is commonly found in drinking water. Small amounts are generally not a problem. However, copper levels above 1ppm can cause jaundice, pancreatitis, poisoning of the red blood cells, gastrointestinal problems and anemia. The presence of copper also affects water's taste and may stain your porcelain toilets and sinks.

Nitrate/Nitrite

Nitrate/Nitrite is a chemical which has seeps our drinking water from fertilizer, sewage, feed lots and other geological elements. Nitrate over 10 ppm reduces the amount of oxygen available to the fetus in pregnant woman causing “Blue Baby syndrome” (methemoglobulinemia) It is also considered an immediate threat to children 6 months to 1 year old and is considered a major health threat.

Iron

Iron is a mineral found in the ground which leaches into drinking water. Although a certain amount of iron is essential to good health, iron levels above .3 ppm cause water to taste bitter, stain and discolor our laundry, fixtures and hair.

Water Hardness

Water Hardness is a measure of calcium and magnesium in water, neither of which are potential health risks in and of themselves. However, hard water above 125 ppm tends to form scales inside pipes which, can actually help to form a barrier from dangerous lead contaminated drinking water from surrounding lead pipes. However, too much hard water buildup can clog pipes and heaters and make cleaning operations much more difficult. Low water hardness of less than 54 ppm can be corrosive to plumbing and should only be considered a major health problem if you have lead or lead-soldered pipes. Although water is monitored and regulated for lead contamination at the source of all our public water supplies, in most cases it does not become lead contaminated until after it leaves the supply source. That is why it becomes important for individuals to test their water directly from their pipes.

Water Acidity (pH)

The pH balance of water is the measure of acidity/basic. Measurements below 7 indicate the water is corrosive to plumbing resulting in lead leaching into your drinking water. Lead poisoning is a known cause of learning disabilities, brain damage, central nervous system damage and even death in children as well as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes in adults. The test we perform utilizes EPA methods to detect the precise amount of lead in drinking water.

How Do I Know If My Water Is Contaminated?


Only way is to have it tested.   We can test your water for Chlorine, Water hardness, Nitrate/Nitrite, Iron, pH, copper, and alkalinity of your water.

Quarterly Water Quality Testing

Our initial test will accurately monitor municipal and well water as well as the efficiency of home water filtration devices.

It is recommended you have your water tested every 3 months.   We have a low cost plan that will fit your budget.


LEAD IN WATER TEST

Lead-contaminated water from lead pipes and fixtures contributes to lead poisoning in over 40,000,000 homes. Every time you drink from the faucet, cook with tap water, or brush your teeth, you may be at risk. Our water test offers you an accurate lead water analysis to E.P.A. proficiency standards. We send your water samples to our certified laboratory, who will send you a professionally documented lab report revealing the amount of lead in your water to as little as 1 ppb. (E.P.A. standard is 15 ppb). Lab fee is included in our testing fee.

Bacterial contamination causes severe digestive problems, fever, nausea, diarrhea and sometimes even death. According to the EPA, total coliform and E. coli bacteria testing is recommended twice a year.

Our test identifies dangerous bacteria in 48 hours. Optional lab analysis is available, which indicates the exact count and type of bacteria present.

Our Test utilizes a patented EPA approved laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability.
   
Info about our lab reports.

PESTICIDES IN WATER TEST
Pesticide ingestion and inhalation can damage internal organs, cause cancer, and eventually even cause death. The World Health Organization estimates that one-half of the ground and well water in the U.S. is contaminated with pesticides, resulting in 20,000 deaths each year.

We monitor your water for hazardous levels of pesticides. Testing for pesticides should be done annually.


RADON GAS IN WATER TEST
Over 17,000 homeowners with well water are affected by water-borne radon according to the U.S. EPA. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer and is emitted in homes from well water during showering, cleaning, brushing your teeth, and doing laundry.

Our Test for Well Water utilizes patented liquid scintillation technology that offers EPA proficiency results, within 2 weeks. Lab fees are included.

Over 17,000 Homeowners are affected by water borne radon according to the U.S. EPA.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is emmited in homes from well-water during showering, cleaning, brushing your teeth, and doing laundry.

Our Radon Test Kit for well water

  • is easy to use
  • utilizes patented liquid scintillation technology
  • offers EPA proficiency results

Recieve results within two weeks. (Lab fee and pre-paid postage included.)
Info about our lab reports.

Express service for real estate transactions.


Our water analysis includes testing for a battery of inorganic chemicals, violate organic compounds, PCBs and pesticides, including nitrates, lead, mercury, MTBE, arsenic, benzene, THMs, DDT, and many more.

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