Warrenton VA Well Water Testing: What Should Be Tested?

Well Water Testing

When people talk about whether your water is potable, what they are really asking is whether your water is fit to drink. This is truly an important question for homeowners with wells in Warrenton VA. Well water testing is the only way to answer that question for sure. We’re testing for a broad range of contaminates such as coliform and E.Coli bacterias, nitrates, pH, sodium, chloride, fluoride, sulphate, iron, manganese, total dissolved solids, and hardness.

Coliform and E.Coli Bacteria – Coliform bacteria are microorganisms that if found in water can be an indicator of contaminates in the well. This will trigger further testing for testing of E.Coli bacteria should sometimes serious ones.

Nitrate – This is found fairly often in groundwater. If ingested, it can interfere with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. If you have an infant, you’ll definitely want to test for this as high concentrations of nitrate are particularly dangerous for babies six months and under.

Ions – If you have ever turned on your faucet and detected a change in color or the odor of your water in Warrenton VA, well water testing would likely find it’s caused by ions. What are ions? The culprits are likely sodium, chloride, sulphate, iron, or manganese in your water.

Sulfate – Having unexplained gastrointestinal issues? Sulfate contamination could be a cause. Higher concentrations in water act like a laxative or just cause a lot of intestinal discomfort.

Fluoride – You think of fluoride as being good for your teeth, but too much of a good thing can actually create dental issues.

These are among the most common contaminates to test for in Warrenton VA. Well water testing will depend on the specific concerns in your area. There may be instances where we will want to test for arsenic, selenium, uranium and pesticide contamination. For more information about well water testing and the types of contaminates that may be in your water, contact SES today.

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