More and more people are questioning the source and quality of their food, but it’s important not to neglect our other biological necessity: water.
We constantly drink water because we need it to survive, but we often take water quality for granted or simply don’t know how or why to verify its source.
With that in mind, it’s important to know the top reasons why you should test your home’s water.
To Protect Your Health
One of the main reasons why you should test your home’s water is to detect potential health risks—you may be ingesting different pollutants.
Chemicals, toxins, and other contaminants from nearby sewage treatment facilities, construction sites, farms, factories, or warehouses can make their way into the water supply and into your body.
Some of the most notable pollutants include lead, arsenic, perchlorates, pathogens, and cleaners, among others. Related health issues might include gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders.
Obviously, healthy adults shouldn’t ingest these, but children and babies are also at high risk for exposure. Young parents or parents-to-be should definitely test their water quality for the health of the baby.
The EPA recommends testing for nitrates in the early months of your pregnancy or following your delivery. It’s best to test in the spring or summer after a rainy day.
To Protect Your Belongings
While your first thought might be to blame spotty dishes or dirty clothes on your brand of dish soap or laundry detergent, this could be a sign of hard water.
Hard water is water with a high concentration of calcium and magnesium. This typically occurs in well water. Some signs to look for are clogged pipes and shower heads, soap that won’t lather, and white spots on clean dishes.
There are also some minor health risks something to consider: hard water can dry out hair and leave skin itchy or irritated.
Our senses can help protect our bodies from the environmental threats surrounding us, including contaminated water. If your water tastes or smells off, then that’s a clear reason to test it.
This may mean your water has contaminants such as sulfate, chloride, or heavy metals.
Some other things to look for include cloudy or frothy water, a strong gasoline odor, or a salty/objectionable taste. If you can detect changes in your water’s taste, smell, or color, call your local health department or water treatment company.