The quality of your home's water is super important for both you and your family's health and the proper functioning of your appliances. While there are no hard and fast rules about how often you should test your water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you test it at least once a year. Here at NuvoH2O, we specialize in offering home water filtration systems, including filtration systems for your hot water heater and dishwasher. Learn more about testing your home's water below, and shop with us today!
Why Test Your Home's Water?
There are many reasons why you should test your home's water. The most important reason is to ensure that your water is safe to drink. Contaminants in your water can cause serious health problems, so it's important to know what's in your water and how to remove it. Testing your water will also tell you if your water is clean and clear and if there are any harmful chemicals found in your water, such as lead, that can lead to serious illnesses if consumed on a long-term basis.
What Your Water Test Will Tell You
Testing your home's water can tell you most importantly about the quality of your drinking water. It will tell you the substances found in your water and the levels and/or quantities of those substances. A water test for your home can also tell you about its pH, hardness levels, and chlorine levels.
- pH is a measure of how acidic or basic your water is. The ideal range for drinking water is 6.5-8.5. Water that is too acidic can be corrosive, and water that is too basic can cause mineral buildup.
- Hardness is a measure of the amount of minerals in your water. Hard water is not necessarily bad for you, but it can cause mineral buildup in pipes and appliances. The ideal hardness for drinking water is 0-60 ppm.
- Chlorine is used to disinfect water, and the ideal range for drinking water is 0.5-1.0 ppm. Too much chlorine can give water a bad taste and smell, and can also irritate the skin and eyes.
Ways to Test Your Home's Water
There are a number of ways to test your water, including sending a sample to a lab or using a home test kit. If you're on a private well, you may also want to have your water tested more frequently, especially if there are changes in taste, odor, or appearance that are causing you concern. Home water tests are inexpensive options that offer great results. If you partner with a local water testing company, the results they yield will be more detailed and accurate due to the more sophisticated tools that they use.
How to Improve Your Home's Water
There are many ways to improve your home's water quality, but we believe that the best way is through our home water filtration system. NuvoH2O offers a proprietary citrus-based water filtration system to soften your water. Our system lowers the pH of the water to reduce and/or completely eliminate scale. Our chelation process ensures that minerals cannot form scale. This will result in softer water that improves the function of your appliances, is great for your skin, and tastes great, too. Plus, our whole-house water filtration system works to remove sediment, chlorine, iron, and most chemicals from house water, while retaining the healthy minerals in your water. If you are ready to get started, order today!