Water Testing

Tests Available

*Any Test with Lead and/or gross alpha will take a minimum of 2 weeks to return. A rush can be added to these tests (for an extra fee), or possible other testing options. Please check with your agent about your contract timing.*


KIT A/ BASIC $100


Total Coliform Including E. coli: EPA MCL (Maximum Containment Level): 0

  • Any level of Total colifrom is an indicator of the potential for pathogenic microorganisms to be in the water. E.coli can cause gastrointestinal distress.

  • Coliform are naturally present in the environment. E.coli only come from human and animal fecal waste including septic systems


FHA/ VA Loan $150

Nitrate:10 mg/L

  • Causes Methemoglobinemia (Blue-Baby Syndrome). Converted to nitrite in the body, it prevents hemoglobin from carrying oxygen resulting in suffocation

  • Agricultural fertilizer, septage; erosion of natural deposits


Nitrite: 1 mg/L

  • Causes Methemoglobinemia (Blue-Baby Syndrome). It prevents hemoglobin from carrying oxygen resulting in suffocation.

  • Agricultural Fertilizer, septage; erosion of natural deposits


Lead: 0.015 mg/L

  • Infants and children: Delays in physical or mental development. Deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults:Kidney problems; high blood pressure

  • Corrosion of household plumbing systems and fixtures, primarily from homes built before 1990 or having corrosive water.


Common Health Risks $250

(Includes everything above and listed below)


Arsenic: 0.010 mg/L

  • Increased risk of bladder, lung and skin cancers. Skin problems and cardiovascular disease. Weakened immune response

  • Naturally occurring in soils and bedrock. Historic use as pesticide not officially banned until 1988. Industrial wastes


Fluoride: 4 mg/L

  • Bone disease (pain and tenderness of the bones); Children may get mottled teeth

  • Water additive which promotes strong teeth; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories


Uranium: 30 ug/L

  • Increased risk of cancers. Kidney and Liver Damage

  • Erosion of natural deposits


Gross Alpha: 15 pCi/L

  • Increased risk of cancers. Kidney and Liver Damage

  • Erosion of natural deposits. Several elements release Alpha radiation primarily Uranium and Radium



Common Aesthetic Concerns

pH 6.5-8.5

  • Corrosion of plumbing. Indirectly affect taste and solubility of trace metals. Useful in assessing water conditioning systems

  • Surface water and chemical reactions


Sodium: 250

  • Aesthetic taste and corrosion of plumbing. Potential complications for those with high blood pressure.

  • Erosion of natural deposits. Run off from road salt


Chloride: 250

  • Aesthetic taste and corrosion of plumbing.

  • Erosion of natural deposits. Run off from road salt


Iron: 0.3

  • Aesthetic taste concerns. Staining of porcelain fixtures and clothing

  • Erosion of natural deposits; fertilizes, industrial processes


Hardness with calcium and Magnesium:75-150

  • Aesthetic taste concerns. Scaling and blockage of plumbing and fixtures. Useful in assessing water conditioning system

  • Erosion of natural deposits


Comprehensive Contaminants $350

(Includes all the parameters in the 2 packages listed above as well as these additional parameters)


Copper: 1.3

  • Less common EPA Primary Contaminant causing intestinal distress and liver and kidney damage

  • Corrosion of household plumbing. Erosion of natural deposits


Sulfate: 250

  • Diarrhea and intestinal distress. Useful in assessing water conditioning systems

  • Erosion of natural deposits


Alkalinity

  • Assesses the pH buffering capacity of water. Useful in assessing water conditioning systems

  • Associated with pH and presence of Calcium and Magnesium Carbonates


Conductivity

  • Assesses the ionic strength of a water. Multiplied by .06 provides an estimate of Total Dissolved Solids. Useful in assessing water conditioning systems

  • Dissolved Salts. Erosion of natural deposits


Potassium

  • Useful in assessing water conditioning systems

  • Erosion of natural deposits


Other Water Tests Available


Radon in Water 4,000 pCi/l

  • This test is recommended if to be done if Radon in Air is over 3.5 pCi/l.

  • Can be a source of radon in air.

  • For every 10,000 pCi/l removed from water up to 1 pCi/l can be mitigated from the air.