I would like to get my water analyzed to make sure it's ok to drink as
there was recently a problem with it.I'd like to try testing it myself
but I know I need a special kit. Does anyone know how or where I could
get one of these kits?
You can't really do an adequate well scan yourself,
although there are some specific things you can test for.
If you know what you're looking for, you can order
a test kit online. What was problem that you
recently had with it?
Still, it would be better to find a private testing
company in your area that where you can have
samples tested every year or two. There's got
to be one. Look in the phone book of the nearest
There are many home test kits for $15 or so, but they don't get everything.
You need a professional lab to be sure. You don't want to fool around with
contaminated water that can make you sick or kill you. There are plenty of
good labs around.
I just recently had mine done by a company in my area when I purchased
my home. The NORMAL tests ran me about $120. I had additional tests
done so it was quite a bit more.
I got the recommendation from a neighbor who was a realtor.
You can test for hardness. Your can test for some elements and minerals
(iron, phosphates, etc.)
Unless you have a moderately well-equipped laboratory you cannot test for
organisims (E-coli, parasites, etc.) or the products of living things (e.g.,
I test my spring water all the time, it's easy. I just put a mark 2" up
on a stick (I use a piece of chiggerweed) and stick it into the spring.
If the water moccasin that lives there bites off 2" then he must be
healthy and the water must be OK ;)
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