Out of the Box: The Pros and Cons of Water Testing Kits
Water Test Culligan ManThere are a lot of options when it comes to out-of-the-box water testing kits, and each of them is usually specialized at detecting a few select contaminants in your home’s water. You might have seen LABTECH H20 or Watersafe water analysis test kits in stores, and while they range in price based on what they test for and the amount of impurities they’ll identify, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $10 to $40 for them.
So what do they do? In most cases, these off-the-shelf kits will pick up impurities like:
Be sure to read carefully what the specific test identifies, as results will vary based on the make and model of the kit you’re looking at. Test results usually come back instantly, or within seconds, and you may have to spend some time deciphering the results.
Each test kit should come with instructions to test for various contaminants separately, along with the materials you’ll need to perform that specific test. Regardless of the test you’re starting with, you should let water run from the faucet for 10-20 seconds before collecting it to use for your tests.
How Culligan Water Testing is Different
Choosing a Culligan water test is a great alternative to paying for a home water test. Among many other advantages, a local Culligan Man will test your tap water for free. You’ll also have greater confidence in your test, knowing a certified professional has conducted it.
Home water test kits come with some limitations, like the amount of contaminants they are able to identify. A Culligan test will identify a wider range of impurities, and includes the option to send out water to our lab for more advanced testing if initial water results indicate it’s necessary to solving your water problem.
In addition to the added convenience and peace of mind, you’ll be one step ahead if your water test comes back with something awry, since you’ll have a professional water treatment expert already on hand to talk about the results with you, and provide some recommendations to address any issues that may have come up.