Homestead can perform several different water treatment services for you and your family, including water testing and analysis, water filtration, and water softeners. We also service and install water pumps and water tanks. Probably the most common question we hear from customers is, "should I have my water tested?"
The answer to this question depends on several factors. It concerns your health and the health of your family, so you need to know some basic facts. In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are signs of possible water quality problems. Other things to think about include the nearness of your water well to septic systems and the composition of your home’s plumbing materials.
Public Water Systems
When you turn on the tap, where does the water come from? If you pay a water bill, you are purchasing water from a public water system, where your water is monitored, tested and the results reported to the federal, state or tribal drinking water agencies responsible for making sure it meets the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Your water company must notify you when contaminants are in the water they provide that may cause illness or other problems.
Most people in the United States receive water from a community water system that provides its customers with an annual water quality report, also known as a Consumer Confidence Report. Normally, you will receive it with your water bill once a year in July. The report contains information on contaminants found, possible health effects, and the water’s source. If you do not receive a report, contact your water company for this information.
Private Water Supplies
If your drinking water does not come from a public water system, or you get your drinking water from a household well, you alone are responsible for assuring that it is safe. For this reason, routine testing for a few of the most common contaminants is highly recommended. Even if you currently have a safe, pure water supply, regular testing can be valuable because it establishes a record of water quality. This record is helpful in solving any future problems and in obtaining compensation if someone damages your water supply.
1. How frequently should I test?
Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels, especially if you have a new well, or have replaced or repaired pipes, pumps or the well casing.
2. Do you expect to have a new baby in the household?
Test for nitrate in the early months of a pregnancy, before bringing an infant home, and again during the first six months of the baby’s life. It is best to test for nitrate during the spring or summer following a rainy period.
3. Do you have taste, odor and staining issues?
Test for sulfate, chloride, iron, manganese, hardness and corrosion, and every three years. If you suspect other contaminants, test for these also.
4. Have you had a chemical or fuel spill or leak near your water supply?
Test your well for chemical contaminants, such as volatile organic compounds. Tests can be expensive; limit them to possible problems specific to your situation. Local experts can tell you about possible impurities in your area.
5. Do you suspect lead may be in some of your household plumbing materials and water service lines?
Most water systems test for lead as a regular part of water monitoring. These tests give a system-wide picture, but do not reflect conditions at a specific household faucet. If you want to know if your home’s drinking water contains unsafe levels of lead, have your water tested. Testing is the only way to confirm if lead is present or absent.
6. Is someone in your household pregnant or nursing an infant? Are there unexplained illnesses in your family?
You may need to test more than once a year.
For more information, visit the EPA website, or call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
By instaling a proper water filtration system, Homestead can help you and your family enjoy cleaner, fresher, and better tasting water. In addition to removing foul tastes and odors from your water, a new home water filtration system provides a number of additional benefits.
These benefits include:
How to select the proper filtration media
The choice of filtration media depends upon a variety of factors including the types of contaminants, water usage habits and water pressure levels at your home. Homestead has the experience and resources to design the best filtration plan for your specific water system. Contact us today to get started.
Why do I need a water softener?
In addition to leaving nasty residue on your plumbing fixtures and dishes, hard water presents a number of hidden problems and added costs to the affected homeowner.
How do water softeners work?
As hard water passes through the resin beads in the taller tank, “hard” mineral ions are replaced by “soft” sodium ions. When the resin beads become saturated with mineral ions, the system automatically “regenerates,” replacing the hard mineral ions with sodium ions from the brine tank. Salt is periodically added to the system, providing additional sodium ions.
For customers concerned about sodium intake, non-sodium based softening agents are also available.
If you would like Homestead to install a water softener system in your home, or have any other questions simply contact us today.
* Source: Water Quality Association (WQA) www.wqa.org
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