Water Testing 101: Why test your water?

Even if you get your drinking water from a municipal water source, you are not guaranteed to have tap water free from contaminants. If you are worried about the quality of your home’s water, the first step is to get your water tested. Water testing kits are widely available for sale, but they aren’t as accurate as having a professional come out and conduct the test. Kinetico of SWFL offers testing for free.

Why should I have my water tested?

It is important that homes and businesses have their water tested, especially if residents notice anything off about the look, feel, taste, or smell of their water. Many people seek out professional water treatment because they are afraid of drinking the water that comes from their tap. They will purchase water coolers, bottled water by the case, and filtered water pitchers to help alleviate their water problems. But that is like shooting in the dark. If you don’t know what contaminants are impacting your water supply, it is very hard to determine if you are throwing the correct solution at the problem.

It isn’t just people with groundwater wells that should get their water tested. Even though municipal water supplies go through an extensive water treatment process before traveling to your faucet, the water can still pick up contaminants after it leaves the water treatment facility. And sometimes, the water treatment process itself can add things to your drinking water that you don’t want, such as chlorine. Many municipal water supplies are known to have high concentrations of calcium, magnesium, and lead.

It can get expensive when you use bottled water for cooking, not to mention that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. Getting a water test will help alleviate any concerns you have about whether your drinking water is safe.

For groundwater wells, you really don’t know if the water is clean unless you get it tested. Man-made chemicals and contaminants can leach into your groundwater supply and your water can soak up other minerals and debris as it passes through rock and soil on its way to your faucet.

If problems are detected, a professional water treatment company such as Kinetico Water Systems of Southwest Florida will help you come up with the best solution.

It is important to know what you and your family are ingesting and the negative impacts it could have on your family’s health and even a child’s growth.

What do the tests look for?

Water treatment experts will test your well water or city-provided water supply for bacteria and microbes, pH, which shows how acidic your water is, nitrates, volatile organic compounds, lead, radium, mercury, chemicals, heavy metals, and minerals.

What should I do once I find out the results of the water test?

At Kinetico Water Systems, we offer many solutions that can clean up your drinking water. We specialize in Kinetico systems that can soften your water if it is found to be full of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium or filter your water using reverse osmosis if other contaminants are found. Our most popular drinking water system is the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station. The reverse osmosis system uses up to five different filters and a semi-permeable reverse osmosis membrane to clean your drinking water. The system is easy to use and can treat up to 40 gallons of water a day, but only at one faucet, like the kitchen sink.

The Kinetico AquaKinetic A200 Drinking Water System is a very economical reverse osmosis system that uses a carbon filter, a reverse osmosis semi-permeable membrane and a post filter to clean your home’s water supply. The system is compact and can be installed under your sink, in your basement, utility room, or garage.

If you don’t want to install a reverse osmosis system, we offer Kube, a water filtration system that can remove many common contaminants and 99% of lead from your drinking water. It fits beneath the sink and it will improve the quality, smell and taste of your home’s drinking water.

For water softeners, we recommend Kinetico’s Premier Series, Signature Series or Essential Series. All three operate without electricity, relying on the flow of water through the system to do the job of softening your water. They also are great options for decreasing the hardness of your water. The Premier Series is the best seller because it does the best job of softening your water. It does the job quickly, efficiently and with a high flow rate of water.

If you are worried about the quality of your home water supply, give us a call today to schedule a free water test