Why Should I Schedule Water Testing?

The running water that flows into your home from the municipal supply provides many basic conveniences for you daily life. However, there are a number of ways this water might suffer contamination that can cause health issues for you and your family or harm the integrity of your plumbing.

Thankfully, modern plumbing technology has developed a variety of water treatment systems that can eliminate these contaminants. Experienced plumbers, like those at Larry & Sons, can install whole-house water treatment systems to make sure the water that comes to your faucets and showerheads is clean and fresh. But first you need to schedule water testing—otherwise you won’t know what issues in your water require attention and the steps necessary to remedy them.

Here are reasons you should schedule water testing for your plumbing in Frederick, MD:

  • Detect hard water: “Hard water” is a term you hear often, but may not know exactly what it means. Hard water refers to water that has a high mineral content, usually magnesium and calcium. Generally, hard water poses little threat to your health, but it does threaten your plumbing. Calcium deposits along the insides of your pipes will reduce water flow and cause an increase in water pressure that will risk leaks appearing throughout your plumbing system. Hard water comes through the municipal water system, so the best way to reduce its effect is to have a whole-house water softener installed.
  • Find hazardous chemicals: Many potentially toxic chemicals can infiltrate your water supply, such as pesticides that seep down through the ground. Older homes might have problems with contamination from lead pipes. Other hazardous chemicals that can get into your water include heavy metals, chlorides, bacteria, arsenic, and nitrates. Water testing will show the specialists the troubles they need to pinpoint and what treatments will eliminate these threats to your health.
  • Determine how to remove foul odors: If you encounter bad smells in your water, you already know something is wrong with the water supply. However, it will take water testing to learn what exactly has caused the unpleasant odor: excess salinity, sulfur gases, or something else. Testing will steer water treatment specialists toward a solution to the problem.

Water testing is not a difficult process, and it usually only requires a few days to receive the laboratory results after the plumber visits your house. Make sure you hire only qualified and experienced plumbers to take on this job, because water testing requires more work than picking a single faucet and taking a sample.

Larry & Sons has multiple generations of experience working on plumbing in Frederick, MD. Contact us when you want to take the next step in getting the best quality water you can for your household.