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Posted on May 6, 2010

What Are the Best Methods for Using Water-Testing Kits?

What Are the Best Methods for Using Water-Testing Kits?

It is easy to get a little paranoid about the level of contamination that may be in the tap water that you drink. There are enough reports and websites and TV specials exposing the level of toxins that are in many municipal water systems to put anyone into a panic. However, panic doesn’t result in getting to the bottom of how much contamination is actually coming out of the faucets in your home.

Panic also doesn’t find a solution to the problem. There are ways to research your exact level of tap water contamination and there are ways to deal with it so you and your family can have pure, clean, and healthy water in your home every day. Panic doesn’t get the job done but a systematic approach to testing the water in your home using a water-testing kit can be the first step to solving this common problem.

Water-testing kits are easy to locate so that any homeowner can find out both the level of water contamination that is getting through to their tap water and what kinds of things are in that water that should not be there. Many times you can find a water-testing kit at a local hardware store. If you are not sure what kind of water-testing kit to use, you can contact a responsible water filtration company like Aquasana and they can give you some guidance.

Once you get home with your water-testing kit, using what is provided to you to determine the contamination level of your water is quite easy. The water-testing kit will come with a vial for drawing water from your tap. Fill it as you are instructed to do in the water-testing kit guidelines and then seal the vial, shake the water up to stir up the contaminants, and let it sit for a couple of days. Make sure the test sample in your testing kit is not exposed directly to sunlight.

Just that one first test can tell you if there are contaminants in your tap water if the water takes on a peculiar color or if you see sediment floating around in the water. Sediment is the silt, dirt, gravel, and other natural substances that can get into your water from the lake or stream where it originated. If sediment is getting into your tap water, it is time to look into installing a water filtration system because that is not healthy.

Your water-testing kit will come with testing strips for various kinds of contaminants, including chlorine. You will also find in the water-testing kit a dropper to take a small amount of water from your sample to put on the testing strip. Follow the instructions for each kind of test and observe how the testing strip changes color. You will find a chart in your water-testing kit that will help you understand the colors the testing strip displays. That change of color is telling you the water-testing kit found the contaminant being tested for and the severity of the contamination you have.

Recent studies at Ohio State University tell us that it is not necessary to test for hydrogen sulfide in your water using a water-testing kit.  Hydrogen sulfide is easy to detect because of that rotten egg smell. If your water has any kind of peculiar smell, that is reason enough to make contact with a good water filtration expert like those at Aquasana and get started evaluating what kind of water filtration system to put in.

You are ahead of the game because you took the time to use a water-testing kit. Now follow through with what you learned by putting in a water filter system that will stop those contaminants from getting into the water your family uses to drink, cook, and shower, once and for all.