Think of all of the things you do to make sure the things you and your family members eat and drink are safe and healthy. You may use a meat thermometer to measure food safety, and you likely limit sugar intake for the little ones. You try to monitor nutritional content and make sure you and your family members drink enough water every day.
But what do you know about the quality of the water you drink? Chances are high that you don’t know as much as you think. Many plumbers offer professional water testing so that you can determine if any pollutants are making their way into your supply. For more information, call one of our Nashville water quality experts.
If you have a private well on your property, it’s important to test the water supply regularly. Just because you’ve had your water tested in recent years, it does not mean the results will be the same. The pH of the groundwater may change, or there may be nitrates or bacteria that appear one year and not in previous years. Test your water even if you have a treatment system in place to ensure it continues to target the pollutants on your property.
Many people assume that the public water supply, which goes through an intensive treatment process before moving through your pipes, is safe enough to drink. However, there are many instances in which the public’s water treatment process glosses over some contaminants of local concern.
In addition, your pipes may be the problem. Older pipes can contain lead soldering that may eventually contaminate the water supply. It’s especially important to get the water tested if the pipes on your property are 20 years old or older.
Many people use filtered water pitchers or filters attached to the end of the faucet to clean the drinking water. But we think it’s important to treat the water your family members use every day, not just the water that comes from the kitchen sink faucet. A whole-house water treatment system will clean contaminants from the water you use to brush teeth, bathe, and shower with. Schedule water testing to see if a new water treatment system will benefit your family.
In small amounts, chlorine can effectively clean bacteria from the water without any adverse health effects. Still, chlorine has been linked to a number of diseases and health complications, so it’s important to test your water and find out whether your supply is over-chlorinated.
Finally, you should schedule water testing to find out whether your pipes are affected by “hard water.” This is a term used to describe water with an excess of minerals that are not, as a general rule, harmful to your health.
However, the minerals can leave behind deposits in the pipes. Ever notice a white, chalky buildup around the faucets or drains? That same buildup may be within the pipes, dishwasher, and coffee maker, blocking up pipes and appliances so you have to replace them early. Water testing is an investment in your home. After your water is tested, you can get a water softener that keeps your plumbing system in better shape.