First and foremost, if you notice a change in your water such as taste, color, or odor you should have your water tested by choosing one of our residential water testing packages.
However, not all pollutants can be detected by a noticeable change. As a general rule of thumb by the EPA, you should have a base test run once a year to ensure your water quality. While you can test for a wide spectrum of pollutants, such tests can become expensive and typically aren’t necessary unless other pollutants are presently known or there is a visible change in the water. By running annual tests you can establish a water quality record, which can be useful in determining solutions for future problems and determining responsibility if someone damages your water supply.
If you are starting a family, it is best to have your water tested for nitrates in the early months of a pregnancy. When consuming nitrates, our bodies produce nitrosamines which have been found to be harmful and even cancer causing. Not only can nitrates affect pregnancy outcomes but they can also cause serious health problems in infants who drink contaminated water. You may have nitrates contaminating your drinking water from nearby fertilizers, livestock and sceptics.
Additional testing is recommended for every three years related to local land practices. However, if a change such as drilling, building or paving occurs within sight of your home before that time line, you should have additional testing conducted when the work is completed. These additional tests also apply if you have done work or repairs on your home plumbing.
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