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  • Writer's pictureBrian Harm

Testing your drinking water

Millions of Americans are affected by unsafe or poor drinking water each year. Low quality drinking water can affect your health and appliances. Fortunately, installing a filtration system can help to reduce waterborne contaminants.

Testing Your Drinking Water Testing your drinking water at home is relatively simple and cheap. The first step in testing your water involves identifying key areas of concern for your family. You may be interested in assessing the presence of specific contaminants that affect the health of your water system. You might also be concerned issues like water hardness, which is a term used to describe calcium and magnesium levels in your water supply.

There are two primary methods to test drinking water: One method involves sending your water to a lab for analysis. The other method involves testing your water at home.

If you go with the first option, you will need to contact local water authorities in your area to find labs that offer sampling. The Idaho Bureau of Laboratories regularly tests water in the state and accepts individual samples from homeowners. Make sure to follow packaging procedures carefully if you go this route.

Purchasing a testing kit may yield quicker results. Water testing kits can be found at many home improvement stores or ordered online.

In the case of well water system, the state of Idaho recommends to test drinking water at least once a year. More information about testing procedures can be found on the website.

Common Problems Associated with Poor Water Quality There are many potential problems related to poor water quality and the presence of contaminants in your water system. Common problems impacting water quality include:

• High levels of copper,lead or other metals

• High pH or alkalinity

• Water hardness

• Excessive levels of chlorine

Poor water quality can wreak havoc on your digestive system, discolor or cause deposits to form at areas of high use, and even affect your skin and hair.Poor water quality can also affect the performance of appliances like dishwashers, laundry machines, and water heaters and can cause unpleasant odors to emanate from drains and tubs. It is imperative to address water concerns before more repairs are needed.

Water Filtration Systems Water filtration systems are the most effective means of combating water quality issues in the home. Filtration systems are designed to remove contaminants from your water system. Filtered water has been shown to be better for your health and can save you money on appliance repairs in the long run.Ashley Heating Air & Water Systems, which has been serving the Boise area since 1919, installs home water filters to improve water quality. Specialists are trained to identify problems affecting your home and to develop affordable solutions. Visit the company’s website to request a quote.

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