Why You Need to Test Your Drinking Water

August 20, 2019

To ensure the safety of your drinking water, you need to run yearly tests. Take a sample from your tap and send it to a lab. If you have a filtration system installed, take a sample from both your tap and the water supply source. Here are 4 reasons why it is important to do so:

1. To ensure your water supply is safe

Tap water may contain bacteria or other contaminants that cause serious health concerns. Viruses found in water have been known to cause neurological, reproductive, and gastrointestinal issues.

2. To protect home appliances and fixtures

According to studies, over 80% of American homes have hard water. Test your water supply for hardness to make sure yours is not one of them. Hard water contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium, forcing home appliances to work harder and with lower efficiency. This lowers their lifespan.

3. Test the effectiveness of your filtration system

The purpose of installing a water filter is to improve the quality of water in your home. However, you need to check regularly that your filter is as functional as possible.

4. Your pipes may be old

If your home has old pipes, your water supply is likely contaminated by toxic heavy metals ( lead, chromium, arsenic, or mercury). Lead poisoning leads to heart and kidney issues, along with other fatal conditions.

Depending on where your house is, there are several contaminants you need to test for. Talk to professional plumbers close to you to find out which chemicals are common in your area.

If you live in Texas, contact Show Plumbing for all your water testing, home re-piping, and general plumbing needs. Call 281-860-2000 now to make an appointment.