Which Water Test Is Right For Me?

How do I choose the right water test? We explain common problems with your water, the likely causes of your water problems and we suggest the type of water test you should perform for any given situation. See Table Below.

How do I choose the right water test? We explain common problems with your water, the likely causes of your water problems and we suggest the type of water test you should perform for any given situation. See Table Below.

Water Quality Testing and Water Treatment Recommendations

We at SimpleWater prepared this easy guideline to help you determine how to best interpret your drinking water test results. Many customers come to us with questions about their existing water tests performed by other water testing services. We can help translate your results anytime, call us at +1 888 34 MY WATER or read below.

We explain common problems with your water, the likely causes of your water problems and of course we suggest the type of water test you should perform for any given situation.


What To Test For

Problems with Your Water

Probable Causes

Recommended Water Tests

Corrosive Water:

Drinking water with a pH measurement less than 6.0

Corrosive source water

Low hardness

Low alkalinity

Hardness,

Alkalinity,

Sulfate,

Lead,

Copper,

Cadmium,

Zinc

Lime Scale Buildup:

Off-white chalky solids on hot water plumbing, fixtures, kettles. Reduced soap lathering.

Your water is hard

Exceeding 150 mg/L

Hardness

Blue or Reddish Stains:

On drains, plumbing, fixtures, laundry.

Corrosive Plumbing

Corrosive Source Water

Low pH

Hardness

Alkalinity,

Sulfate,

Lead,

Copper,

Cadmium,

Zinc

Rust-Colored Water:

Foul odor, reddish stains on clothing, drains, plumbing, fixtures, toilet tank.

Elevated Iron

Elevated Manganese

Iron,

Manganese

Bad Odor:

Rotten egg or musty or swampy odor, tarnished copper and silverware, yellow or black stains on plumbing fixtures.

Hydrogen sulfide gas

High sulfates,

Sulfur bacteria,

Iron/manganese bacteria,

Coliform bacteria

Hydrogen Sulfide,

Sulfate,

Coliform Bacteria,

Iron,

Manganese

Dirty Water:

Cloudy, Turbid, Muddy Water

Silt, Sediment, microorganisms

Turbidity,

Coliform Bacteria

Bad Odor:

Chemical, fuel or fruity odor

Leaking fuel tank,

Gas station spill,

Chemical spill,

Road runoff

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

High Nitrates:

Exceeding 10 mg/L

High Nitrites:

Exceeding 1 mg/L

Fertilizer runoff

Septic System Failure

Pesticides,

Coliform Bacteria

Recurrent stomach aches:

Human or animal waste,

Cracked well casing,

Flooded well,

Failing septic system

Coliform Bacteria,

Nitrates,

Nitrites

Bad Taste:

Bitter, metallic taste

Corrosive water

Low pH

pH

Lead

Copper

Bad Taste:

Salty, brackish taste

Road salt runoff,

Well near salt water

Malfunctioning water softener

Chloride,

Sodium,

Total Dissolved Solids

Near Farming:

Well within 1/4 mile of current or former orchard or farmland.

Agriculture

Arsenic

Pesticides.

Arsenic,

Nitrates,

Pesticides

Near Industrial Area:

Well within 1/4 mile of commercial or industrial area

Gasoline & Oil

Solvents leaked or spilled

Volatile Organic Compounds

(VOCs)

Water Flooding:

Well flooding, ponding around well.

Heavy rains,

Poor drainage

Basic Indicators

Termites:

House foundation treated for termites before 1990

Termite pesticides leaching

Pesticides, Dieldrin, Chlordane

Changing Water Quality:

Noticeable change in taste, color, odor, or clarity of your water.

Unknown

Could be anything

Contact Local Water Authority or Order a SimpleWater Test

 

Water Tests and Environmental Laboratories

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