If you’ve scheduled a drinking water test in Alexandria, MN, with Aquarius Water Conditioning, you might be wondering how it works. You’ve already made a great choice because you’re taking action to determine what might be wrong with your home’s water supply and decide what to do about it. Here’s a quick look at how we typically perform water tests, so you’ll be ready.
You Don’t Need to Do Much
One of the best things about getting your water quality tested is that there’s usually little to no preparation needed on your part. Once we get to your home, we’ll probably want to check specific areas, such as under the sink, in your utility room, and your basement. This will give us a good idea of where the best place to set up your water softener or filtration system will be should you decide to have one installed.
The only thing we’ll need during the testing will be access to your water source. We’ll probably take some water from your kitchen sink tap. If you already have a filtration system or a water softener, we’ll need to find the spot where water gets into your home. This will typically involve checking the water at spigot located outside. Our technician will take a sample from the tank if you have a private well. That way, we can understand what your water is like before it’s treated.
Next, we’ll ask you a few questions regarding what you’re experiencing with your water. These are just some of the issues we’ll cover.
- Any odd tastes or odors coming from your water
- Water spots on your dishes or glass shower doors
- Faucets and toilet bowls with brown or red stains
- Faucets and showerheads with calcium buildup
- Any issues with the operation of your washing machine or dishwasher
- Bathroom walls or shower doors with soap scum
We’ll also ask if you’ve had any problems with itchy skin or scalp or noticed any odd stains on your laundry once you take it out of the wash.
If any of these occur, you may have an excessive amount of minerals in your water supply.
Putting Together the Action Plan
After we find out what’s happening with your water, we’ll have the information needed to recommend the best solution. We’ll be looking for hard water, the pH level of your water, and the presence of any minerals, salts, or metals. Our technician will also check for any iron or sulfur if you have a well.
The home test will usually take about 30 minutes. Once we get the results, we’ll go over the findings with you. There are some instances where those results will be fairly complex, requiring further testing for issues such as bacteria, arsenic, and other potentially dangerous contaminants. If that’s the case, we may need to send water samples to a laboratory.
We’ll recommend the best solution and provide a cost estimate whatever the ultimate results.