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Where can I get my Water Tested?

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When considering purchasing a water softener it is best to figure out what is in your water before you call potential dealers. It is better to be informed so that you get the right equipment and the best deal possible. So where can you get your water tested? There are a few places, depending on where you are located. You can get your water tested at 602abcWater, any pool supply store, Sears or a laboratory.

At 602abcWater we will do a basic hardness test and a TDS test. For water softeners you will need a cold water sample from your bathroom, and an outside water source. For your reverse osmosis you will get a TDS (total dissolve solids) test and you will need cold kitchen water and reverse osmosis tap water for comparison.

Local pool supply stores, like Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies, do a free 9-point test, which will give you the most accurate water chemistry reading. According to Leslie’s Pool Supplies store’s website, they test for the following:

Free Available Chlorine (FAC) – This is the amount of chlorine in the water that is available to sanitize and disinfect.

Total Available Chlorine (TAC) – This is the total of all the chlorine compounds in the water.

Cyanuric Acid Test (CYA) – This is sometimes called conditioner or stabilizer, it acts like a sunscreen for chlorine and helps prevent burn off form the sun and high temperatures.

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) – This is the measure of the amount of total dissolve solids in the water. TDS is all content in the water.

pH- this test reveals how acidic or alkaline your water is.

Metals (Copper/Iron) – This measures the amount of metals in the water. Metals can be present in hard water. Usually metals are present with well water.

Total Alkalinity – This measures the waters ability to protect and buffer the pH against rapid changes.

Phosphates – This measures the phosphate levels in the water. Phosphate can provide food for algae to bloom and grow.

Calcium Hardness – This measures the calcium levels in the water.

Salt Test – this measures the amount of salt in the water.

Laboratories are another way to get your water tested, but most the time they are not free. According to EPA.gov website, most labs will provide their own sample containers or send a technician out to collect samples for more accurate and reliable results.

For additional information please give 602abcWater a call!


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