Why Get Your Water Quality Tested in Gastonia
Certain chemicals exist in your water for a reason. Chlorine is an important part of the water purification process because it helps kill harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses. It’s a good thing we have chlorine in our water! However, it’s not healthy to have too much chlorine in your water, and without a water quality test, you may not know how much is in yours.
While you might filter your drinking water, unfortunately that’s not enough. Your body absorbs far more chemicals from water while you shower! In fact, up to two thirds of the harmful chlorine you’re exposed to is from skin absorption and inhalation. Basically, you’re standing in a constant stream of chlorine and you’re breathing in the vapors. And it’s not just chlorine you have to think about.
Your water’s hardness mostly depends on its minerals. High levels of calcium and magnesium mean hard water, high levels of sodium mean soft water. If you have hard water, you might have issues with spots on your dishes, mineral stains on your clothes, or low water flow in your home. You might even feel like it takes longer than it should for soap to rinse off your hands. Hard water can make your skin and hair feel dry, but it’s not dangerous. Soft water is better for your skin, hair, dishes, clothes, and plumbing! If you’re worried about the hardness of your water, give us a call and we can figure out if that’s the cause of your problems. Then, we can give you some ideas on how to fix it!
pH Balance of Water
Do you remember litmus strips from science class back in school? Your teacher might have had you dip these little strips in different liquids, like vinegar, water, and baking soda water to read the pH levels. The lower the number on the pH scale, the more acidic the liquid is. The higher it is, the more basic it is. A reading of seven means it’s neutral (like water should ideally be).
Signs You Have Low pH Water:
- Your water has a sour taste
- You’ve been having problems with plumbing leaks
Leaving low pH water untreated allows it to eat away at your pipes, leading to leaks!
Signs You Have High pH Water:
- Your water tastes bitter
- Your water feels slippery
- Your shower door and plumbing fixtures have a scaley build-up
- Your water flow is weak
Leaving high pH levels untreated allows your water to leave mineral deposits in your fixtures, which can clog them up or ruin heating elements (like in your water heater).
While these are some great ways to help spot a problem with your water’s pH, it’s important to have it tested so you can know for sure. After all, something like a difference between 5 and 7 on the pH scale is actually a MUCH bigger difference than you might think and leaving unbalanced pH levels untreated can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing!
Iron in Water
If you’ve ever seen water that looks rusty, you know what it looks like when iron levels in water get crazy high. But it’s not always that obvious! If you have a lot of iron in your water, your water (or drinks like coffee and tea) will taste metallic. Not only that, but your clothes and plumbing fixtures might get stained, and iron could build up in your home’s pipes, later causing damage! While it’s not necessarily dangerous to your health to have iron in your water, it’s better for your home (and your tastebuds!) if you filter it out.
Morris-Jenkins Water Quality Tests
Morris-Jenkins offers water quality tests in Gastonia to check for chlorine, hardness, pH balance, and iron in your home’s water. And you know what’s even better? It’s free! We just want your family to know what’s in your water so you can figure out what kind of steps you should take to keep everyone healthy and safe. The free test we offer checks all the most important things, but if you’re looking for something extra thorough, we do offer a comprehensive water quality test that checks for over 100 different things in your water. However, this test is not free, and we don’t have the ability to read the results on the spot—your water would have to be shipped off to a lab.
To schedule your free water quality test, just give us a call, text us, or chat with us online to book now!
What to Do About Bad Water Quality in Gastonia
Whether you’ve got hard water, a lot of iron in your water, acidic water, or any other water quality problem, all your searches of “water quality test near me” led you to us, and we’re so glad! Our plumbing team can accurately test your water quality. Not only that, but we know how to read the results and help your family come up with an action plan to improve your water quality for years to come!
Ready to schedule an appointment? We make it easy! Whether you prefer to call, text, or schedule online, we’re here til midnight every day of the week.