When you source your water from a private well, regular water testing is essential to ensure that your water is safe for consumption and household use. Read on to learn best practices for well water testing throughout the life of your well.
How Often Should You Test Your Water?
You should test your water at least once a year in order to detect the presence of any contaminants. These include minerals and chemicals such as:
- Hydrogen sulfide
- Industrial solvents
- Volatile organic compounds
Additionally, a well water test should also screen for bacteria and any other known contaminants in your area.
By testing annually, you’ll be able to identify and mitigate contamination when it’s discovered. You’ll also be able to compare data year-to-year so that you can detect small increases in contaminants before they become a major issue.
Special Cases for Well Water Testing
While annual testing is important, it’s also important to test if there are any changes to your water quality or to your immediate environment. The earlier you test, the quicker you’ll be able to deal with any problems.
If you notice a change in the taste, color, or odor of your water, you should test it to see if the issue is dangerous or benign. In some cases, it may just be that the balance of natural minerals has shifted slightly. In others, a change in your water could signal that an outside contaminant has been introduced. Testing is the only way to know for sure.
You should also test if you know that your water supply might have been exposed to contaminants—even if there’s no apparent change to the water. You should consider testing if:
- Your septic system malfunctions
- Members of your household experience reoccurring gastrointestinal issues
- Part of your well system breaks or is damaged
You can only treat a problem with your well water if you know it’s there. Even if you don’t find an issue, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your water is safe to use.
Who Should Perform Well Water Tests?
While there are some home test kits on the market, getting a testing expert or well contractor to conduct your well water test is the best way to go. They will have the materials and the equipment to do a full spectrum evaluation and the expertise to help you accurately interpret the results. Don’t leave the safety of your water supply to chance—call a pro!
When you need well water testing in Albany, Valatie, or throughout the Berkshires region, call Goold Wells & Pumps. With over 90 years of experience in well drilling and water testing, we are here to help with all of your water well needs. Call us today! Goold Wells & Pumps—Trusted Name Since 1928.