New to the area? Why It’s Important To Have Your Jacksonville Water Tested
Moving to a new area can be an exciting experience. While exploring your new surroundings can be fascinating, some elements can also be daunting. Learning about the area will help you to understand its culture, the local community and have a better understanding of how things work. Through researching local amenities such as schools and hospitals, and exploring the neighborhoods, you may discover unique aspects of your new community, such as local attractions, festivals or events. All this information will help you to make an informed decision about where you would like to live and how you want to integrate into the area. One of the most important factors to research is the water quality in your area. Across Jacksonville, Florida, the municipal water is known to be particularly hard and dirty water. That’s why testing your water is extremely important when you move to a new home.
Water testing is the first step to ensuring your water is safe to drink. Through a basic water test, you can discover whether you have hard water, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), pH levels, as well as chlorine, iron and nitrates levels. For more detailed results, a water sample is sent to a certified lab that tests for various contaminants, bacteria, and other potential issues. Testing for nitrates in particular, can help determine if your water is contaminated and unsafe to drink. While there are State approved nitrate levels for drinking water, they may exceed medical recommendations.
While the installation of a water softener is the best solution to treat hard water, if the test results reveal that your drinking water is unsafe, you may want to consider a reverse osmosis (RO) system, or a Culligan bottled water dispenser that gives you pure, clean water in your home.
Poor water quality will not only affect your health but can also cause damage to your home appliances and fixtures. Hard water can ruin clothes and appliances over time, making them less effective or leaving a residue that is difficult to clean. Iron in water can stain bathtubs and sinks if not treated properly with a water softener or purified water.
High and low ph levels can also be indicative of a water issue. Testing for ph levels can help determine if hard water is an issue and whether or not you need to install a water softener. Low pH levels can be caused by acid buildup, runoff from agricultural areas, poor sewage treatment, or other sources of pollution. Having high levels of acid in your water can result in corrosion of pipes, potentially causing water damage to your home.
While it is recommended to test your water when you first move into your new property, it’s important to have your water tested regularly. Irrespective of whether or not you have dealt with your water quality issues, regular testing will help determine whether the solutions are effective and are being maintained correctly. Regular testing of your home’s water can protect you and your family from any potential health risks, as well as save money in the long run on appliance repairs or replacements.
For the most accurate results, call us to schedule a free home water test and to discuss the best solutions for the water quality in your home.
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