It’s no secret that clean water is essential in our homes. Though we tend to assume that our water is safe to drink and cook with, how do we know for sure unless we test it? The reality is that without regular water testing, there’s no way to know for sure what’s actually in our water. In this blog post, we will explain the ins and outs of water testing.
Do You Know What’s in Your Water?
Your pipes have a lot to do with what’s in your water. For example, what kind of pipe does your water run through? What material are they made out of? Have they been properly maintained over the years? Many homeowners already know that municipal agencies are responsible for making sure that water pipes are taken care of properly. With that in mind, the upkeep of indoor plumbing is our responsibility.
What’s the Danger of Contaminated Water?
Let’s begin with lead poisoning, which can cause damage to many of your internal organs. Lead poisoning can also have a negative impact on your blood cells, in addition to kidney function. In general, contaminated water depends on the kind of bacteria present in the water source.
The Importance of Water Testing
It’s recommended by The National Ground Water Association that well owners test their home water at least once a year of bacteria, nitrates, and any contaminants of local concern. Keep in mind that more frequent home water testing should be considered if:
- You detect a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water, or if a problem occurs such as a broken well cap.
- The well has a history of bacterial contamination.
- The septic system has recently malfunctioned.
- An infant is living in the home.
- To monitor the efficiency and performance of water treatment equipment
With many years of experience under our belts, we understand that fertilizers, septic systems, animal manure, and leaking sewer lines can be sources of nitrate in well water. Keep in mind, though, that nitrate also occurs naturally from the breakdown of nitrogen compounds in soil and rocks. If you’re at all familiar with nitrate, you know that it can present some health concerns of its own. It can even indicate the presence of other contaminants, such as bacteria and pesticides. Should you have any concerns regarding local water quality issues, we recommend checking with your water well contractor, the state department of natural resources, or local health agency for more information.
All Your Home Inspection Needs Under One Roof
Whether you’re buying or selling, a home inspection is a critical part of the process. At Veterans Home Inspection, we are committed to giving the best customer experience from the time you first contact us all the way through closing. Customers appreciate us because they can tell we have a passion for helping folks. From water testing and mold testing to termite inspection and radon inspection, we strive to protect your investment.
What makes us different is that we have the expertise to review all areas of the home, not just some. Rest assured that you can close on your home knowing all the potential structural issues and necessary repairs have been fully identified. There’s no better feeling than seeing a customer relieved that they turned to us for their home inspection project.
Take it from D. Raiger, who said, “Veterans Home Inspection provided highly valued inspection services along with construction and engineering advice for me over the past few years. His most recent engagement required an evaluation of the cracking foundation and walls, resulting in enforcing the warranty with the builder to do major repairs, savings thousands of dollars that I would have otherwise had to pay.”
You may be thinking, ‘Well, that’s an experience of just one client.’ As you do your research in choosing a local home inspector, we encourage you to come up with a list of potential suitors. Through a combination of knowledge, experience, communication, and affordability, we believe that we are second to none in the Carolinas.
Don’t let the thought of dirty water keep you up at night any longer. Instead, get your questions answered by the professionals at Veterans Home Inspection. Day or night, we are dedicated to your inspection needs.
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