Types of Well Water Testing Kits
Watercheck offers three types of kits that test your water source for toxic chemicals, organic compounds, and the presence of bacteria. We offer a Basic, Standard, and Deluxe kit. Each kit conducts 30+ tests to determine if there is an issue with your water quality. After testing, you will receive a comprehensive lab report that details any level of concern. In addition to our three well water test kits, we also offer city water kits and tests for individual chemicals and bacteria types.
Our Basic kit tests for 36 analytes, including bacteria, heavy metals, inorganic chemicals, and additional factors.
The Standard kit includes 87 analytes to identify harmful bacteria, heavy metals, trihalomethanes, and organic chemicals. This test also looks for physical factors contributing to quality, such as dissolved solids, pH, and water hardness.
WaterCheck™ Deluxe is the most comprehensive of the three kits, and tests for 107 analytes, including coliform and E. coli bacteria, and many harmful chemicals. This kit will help you identify potential contaminants that could be harmful to your health. This kit emphasizes pesticides, herbicides, & PCBs, uranium, metals, organic molecules, and other bacteria.
These three kits work well to identify issues with your water. However, if you know your water has a specific issue, we offer products that test for individual contaminants such as uranium, nitrate, lead, tannins, and more.
Does your tap water come from your local water department? Take a look at our City Water Testing Products!
How Often Should You Test Well Water?
Experts recommend testing your well once a year for critical contaminants like Total Coliform, E.Coli, and nitrates. Beyond the annual test, if there are common warning signs, it may be time to test sooner.
Some warning signs that indicate your well water is at risk include a change in color, taste, and odor. If your drinking water smells like rotten eggs, has a reddish/brown or pink color, or has a metallic taste, it's important to be proactive and test your drinking water.
Why You Should Test Your Well Water
Unlike city water, private wells are not generally regulated by any government organization, leaving the water quality up to the homeowner. Routine testing is crucial to identify any elevated levels of common contaminants such as coliform bacteria. When consumed over long periods of time, drinking unsafe well water can lead to potential health risks. The following information outlines some of these risks:
- Cancer - Elevated levels of nitrates have been linked with increased cancer rates.
- Hepatitis A – Drinking contaminated water may result in hepatitis A infection. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and jaundice.
- Giardiasis – This intestinal parasite causes diarrhea and stomach cramps. It has also been associated with other gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, weight loss, and flatulence.
- Legionnaires' Disease – Inhalation of aerosols containing legionella bacteria could potentially infect people with pneumonia, bronchiolitis, respiratory failure, and death.
It is important to know if your well water contains harmful substances or compounds before they become a problem. Our kits have easy-to-read instructions on how to conduct tests yourself. All kits include a detailed instruction manual and a prepaid return shipping label.