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What We Test for in your Water

testing page introYour water should be crystal clear and free from chemicals, odors, bad tastes and hardness. However, water quality varies from home to home, and there are many common water problems that can cause your water to appear cloudy, have a bad smell or taste, stain and water-spot fixtures, or even shorten the life of your pipes and appliances.

Testing your water is critical for properly designing a new water treatment system, proper maintenance, and ensuring your system is functioning correctly. Depending on your situation, samples may be taken untreated, after treatment if you have an existing system, or before and after maintenance.

We provide fast and accurate local testing for the four basic issues that Vineyard wells suffer from: Iron, Hardness, Low pH, and Manganese.

testing page ironIron: Forms rust-colored sediment; stains laundry, utensils, sinks, toilets and fixtures reddish brown. These unsightly stains can be very hard to remove. Iron can promote growth of certain kinds of bacteria that clog pipes, well openings, and give off odor. Test results under 1 mg/L are desired.

 

testing page hard waterHardness: May cause deposits of scale in boilers, water heaters, and pipes causing shorter lifetime of appliances. Hard water frequently necessitates 20-30% more energy to heat water, and 3-4 times more soap and detergent for cleaning and laundry.  Hardness is contributed by calcium and magnesium. Water that has a hardness less than 61 mg/L is considered soft; 61-120 mg/L, moderately hard; 120-180 mg/L, hard; and more than 180 mg/L very hard.

testing page phpH: A measure of the hydrogen ion concentration; pH of 7.0 indicates a neutral solution, pH values smaller than 7.0 indicate acidity, pH values larger than 7.0 indicate alkalinity. Water generally becomes more corrosive with decreasing pH; however, excessively alkaline water may also be corrosive. Corrosive water can lead to pinhole leaks in copper pipes, water heater coils wearing out, and blue or green staining on fixtures.

 

 testing page manganeseManganese: Causes gray of black stains on porcelain, enamel, and fabrics. Can promote growth of certain kinds of bacteria that clog pipes and wells. Results over 0.05 mg/L will cause staining.

 

 

 

pm 4Our local testing is done in home (usually at a kitchen or bathroom sink) and provides fast results allowing us to better service your equipment during maintenance and provide an inside look at how your existing system is performing.

When further testing is required we send water samples to WaterSoft, the premier water treatment system suppliers and experts based in Ashland, Ohio. WaterSoft tests for the following: Hardness, pH, Iron, Manganese, Tannin, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Color, Suspended Matter, Iron Bacteria,  and Odor.

If you would like to test for bacteria in your well water we can arrange testing at the Wampanoag Tribe Environmental Lab, they offer several different testing packages. If you suspect your water is contaminated please contact our office for further details regarding test parameters, treatment and pricing.

WaterSoft and Laboratory results do have a longer turn-around time than our local testing, we will determine the best course of testing based on your needs.

Regardless of the water problems you’re experiencing, WaterSoft products can offer a solution.