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This article outlines the general classes or groups of comprehensive water tests that one would consider when attempting to perform comprehensive water testing for a broad range of contaminants.
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Watch out: a "water potability test" may sound like such testing tells you if water is completely safe to drink. But as the term "potability test" is commonly used, it refers only to a test for the presence or absence of coliform bacteria. While potability tests are inexpensive and are a very good way to start checking on the safety of drinking water, potability testing is no proof against other possible water contaminants including other forms of bacteria and various chemicals.
Comprehensive water testing covering the groups listed below may be appropriate when purchasing a new property, when local environmental conditions are unknown but suspect, or when building occupants have unusual health vulnerability or compromised immune systems.
We advise also that you speak with the local health department and neighbors to ask if there are any known specific issues or contaminants nearby, as we have by this means discovered very unusual local water contaminants which otherwise no one would have thought to test. Readers of This article should be sure to also review Water Testing for Contaminants: A Comprehensive Water Test: a detailed parameter list.
Be sure to review actual parameters with your home inspector or laboratory: parameters and costs vary. More in-depth, un-biased, expert information on these topics and on building defect inspection, diagnosis, & repair can be found at "More Information" below. © 2010 Daniel Friedman, All Rights Reserved
Water is the universal solvent and it has the capabilities of dissolving just about anything. Because of this unique property water can easily become contaminated. Most common complaints are usually odor or staining problems; like those associated with sulfur and iron. However, serious contaminates as Lead and E.Coli Bacteria may be toxic affecting your family's health. This is why testing your water initially and annual monitoring is important.
COMPREHENSIVE INITIAL WATER TEST
Comprehensive Test would be expected to address four categories of testing in water:
1. Inorganic (this includes minerals and physical properties)
2. Organic (petroleum products, gasoline, fuel oils and solvents)
3. Microbiology (Coliform and other bacteria)
4. Radiological (radon gas)
This is a good way to start. The comprehensive Test is a powerful tool in detecting contaminates commonly found in surface and deep well waters. If there is a suspicion of Pesticides or Herbicides used near the water source it may be wise to include Pesticides and Herbicides analysis along with the Comprehensive Test.
ANNUAL MONITORING (Standard Test)
After the initial water test, it is customary to monitor the quality to make sure that no changes have occurred. Utilizing the Standard Test yearly is a good way to monitor the water source. If on the original water test, Organic compounds or high amounts of Radon Gas were found, we would strongly suggest again testing with the Comprehensive Test.
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