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Check out the videos below or click on each contaminant in our Water Quality Report Guide to learn more about your findings.

The Essential Water Lab Test Kit

You’ve taken an important step in protecting you and your family with our Essential Water Lab Test Kit. Now it’s time to interpret your results and get you on your way to fresher, cleaner, better-tasting water.

* This analysis should not be taken as professional health advice.

 

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Water Quality Report Guide

Bacteria

What are bacteria?


Bacteria are microscopic single-celled organisms that are vital to our ecosystems.Your kit tests for coliform and E. coli which normally live in the digestive tract and feces of humans and animals. Sewage overflows, water main breaks, and other environmental factors can cause bacterial contamination in drinking water.Coliform bacteria are not typically harmful, but their presence can be indication of something more dangerous.

E. coli is a species of coliform bacteria that can cause serious illness if ingested.

How will I know if my water is unsafe?

No Visible Sign
No Distinct Taste
No Distinct Odor

Only a test can confirm contamination.

Your public water system is required to notify you if your drinking water is unsafe, but privately-owned, individual water supply safety rests in the hands of its owner.

What are the potential health risks?
E. coli outbreaks in water systems are rare, but exposure can have adverse health effects.
Vomiting
Stomach Issues
Hepatitis
Fever
Gastrointestinal Issues

What should I do if my test reveals unsafe levels?

It is highly recommended that you consult a Culligan Water Expert if your test registers positive for bacteria. It is also recommended to seek an alternative water source for drinking and cooking until level and type of bacteria has been confirmed by a secondary test. Our products are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Tested positive for bacteria?

Free Chlorine

What is Free Chlorine?

Free Chlorine is a highly efficient disinfectant. It’s used as an additive in water systems to kill harmful organisms and prevent the transmission of disease. High levels of chlorine can produce toxins in drinking water that are hazardous to our health.

How will I know if my water is unsafe?

No Visible Sign
No Distinct Taste
No Distinct Odor

Only a test can confirm contamination.

Your public water system is required to notify you if your drinking water is unsafe, but privately-owned, individual water supply safety rests in the hands of its owner.

What are the potential health risks?

High levels of chlorine in drinking water can lead to an increased presence of THM toxins which have been known to cause adverse health effects.

Asthma
Heart Desease
Bladder Cancer

What should I do if my test reveals unsafe levels?

If free chlorine is detected in your water, there are steps you can take to limit exposure. Schedule a complimentary in-home test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment, such as a carbon filter or cartridge. Our solutions are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Did your results test above the safe range of 4 ppm?

Copper

What is copper?

Copper is an essential nutrient but toxic at high levels. It’s used in coins, electrical wiring, and water pipes. Corrosion of copper plumbing materials can cause water contamination and pinhole leaks in pipes.

How will I know if my water is unsafe?

Blue-Green Stains On Fixtures
Bitter Or Metallic Taste
No Distinct Odor

Only a test can confirm contamination.

What are the potential health risks?

Copper poisoning from water is rare, but long-term exposure or consumption at high levels can have adverse health effects.

Vomiting
Stomach Issues
Liver Disease
Fever
Kidney Disease

What should I do if my test reveals unsafe levels?

If copper is detected in your water, there are steps you can take to limit exposure. Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment, such as a neutralizing filter and reverse osmosis system. Our products are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Did your results test above the safe range of 1.3 ppm?

Hardness

What is hardness?

Hardness refers to the concentration of dissolved calcium and magnesium in your water. It varies depending on geographic location and water source.

How will I know if my water is hard?

Deposits On Dishes, Build-Up In Pipes/Appliances, Dull Hair, Stiff Laundry, Dry Skin
Bitter Taste
Unpleasant Odor

Hard water can be harmful to your pipes and decrease the efficiency of water heaters. This can increase detergent and hot water use, raising costs for you and your family.

What are the potential health risks?
Hardness doesn’t have known health effects. In fact, water containing calcium and magnesium can help you reach the average daily requirements for these minerals. However, over time hard water can cause build-up of stains and calcium and can lead to shortened longevity of faucets and appliances.

What if my test result reveals I have hard water or above the recommended level?

Hard water can cause wear and tear on appliances which leads to more frequent repairs. It can also lead to dry skin an other ailments. If you’re experiencing buildup on fixtures and poor soap and detergent performance, schedule a complimentary in-home test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment.

Did your results test above the recommended level of 50 ppm?

Iron

What is iron?

Iron occurs naturally throughout the environment and is essential for the transport of oxygen in the body. Iron is common in drinking water and can enter through natural sources or through rusting water fixtures and pipes.

How will I know if my water has high levels of iron?

Discolored Water, Reddish Brown Stains On Water Fixtures And Clothing
Metallic Taste
Unpleasant Odor

What are the potential health risks?

Ingesting water with iron is not directly associated with health problems, however iron sediment can harbor bacteria which may cause adverse health effects.

Stomach Issues
Fatigue

What if my test reveals a level above 0.3 ppm?

Iron in drinking water can do more harm to your home than your health. Prevent costly damages and schedule a complimentary in-home test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment.

Did your results test above the recommended range of 0.3 ppm?

Lead

What is lead?

Lead is a naturally occurring metal that’s used in a variety of products including paint, batteries, and pipes. Lead can enter your drinking water through plumbing fixtures and old lead pipes or faucets, which is more common in homes built before 1986.

How will I know if my water is unsafe?

No Visible Sign
No Distinct Taste
No Distinct Odor

Only a test can confirm contamination.

The EPA requires all community water systems to prepare an annual water quality report. You can obtain a copy of the latest report by contacting your water utility provider. If your water comes from a private water supply, check with your health department for more information.

What are the potential health risks?

Lead exposure can affect almost every organ and system in the body. Young children, infants, and pregnant women are most susceptible to the effects of lead poisoning.

Cardiovascular Effects
Reproductive Problems
Decreased Kidney Function
Nervous System Damage
Impaired Hearing

What should I do if my test reveals unsafe levels?

The EPA uses 15 ppb as a benchmark for determining when to take corrective actions, but they also state that no level of lead in water is safe and have a goal to lower their threshold to none detected. Use bottled water for drinking and cooking, and schedule a lab test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment. Our solutions are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Tested positive for lead?

Nitrite / Nitrate

What are nitrites/nitrates?

Nitrates/nitrites are nitrogen-oxygen compounds essential for plant growth. Excess accumulations of nitrates/nitrites can enter ground water through fertilizer, animal waste, and septic tank leakage, and cause contamination.

How will I know if my water is unsafe?

No Visible Sign
No Distinct Taste
No Distinct Odor

Only a test can confirm contamination.

What are the potential health risks?

Increased levels of nitrates/nitrites can cause adverse health effects, especially for pregnant women and infants.

Blue Baby Syndrome In Infants
Respiratory Issues

What should I do if my test reveals unsafe levels?

If nitrates or nitrites are detected in your water, use bottled water for drinking and cooking and schedule a lab test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment. Our products are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Did your results test above the safe range of 10 ppm?

Pesticides

What are pesticides?

Pesticides are chemical compounds used to control weeds, insects, rodents, bacteria, and mold. Soil, rainfall, and improper dumping or application of pesticides can carry them into a water system, causing contamination.

How will I know if my water is unsafe?

No Visible Sign
No Distinct Taste
Chemical Odor

If you live in an area that is heavily farmed and frequently sprayed with pesticides you are at greater risk but only a test can confirm contamination.

What are the potential health risks?

Exposure to pesticides can cause a wide range of adverse health effects because there are many different types of pesticides with varying chemical compositions. How long and how often you’re exposed also plays a role in the level of toxicity.

What should I do if my test reveals unsafe levels?

If pesticides are detected in your water – even if they’re below the EPA’s maximum contaminant level, you should schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment. Our products are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Did your results test positive for pesticides?

pH

What is pH?

pH measures how acidic or alkaline your water is on a scale of 0 to 14. Water with a pH below 6.5 is considered acidic and may contain elevated levels of copper and lead. Water with a pH above 7.5 is considered alkaline and generally associated with an abundance of calcium and/or magnesium.

How will I know if my water is acidic or alkaline?

Below 7pH – Laundry Stains, Blue-Green Stains On Fixtures
Above 7pH – Deposits On Dishes And Pipes/Fixtures
Below 7pH – Metallic Or Sour Taste
Below 7pH – Deposits On Dishes And Pipes/Fixtures
Below 7pH – Metallic Odor
Above 7pH – No Distinct Odor

A pH below 6.5 may indicate pipe corrosion. A pH above 8.5 may indicate hard water which can decrease the efficiency of water heaters. This can increase detergent and hot water use, raising costs for you and your family.

What are the potential health risks?

Low pH water may indicate an abundance of metal ions which can cause adverse health effects.

Stomach Ache
Nervous System Problems
Kidney Disease
Liver Disease

What should I do if my test reveals acidic or alkaline pH levels?

If your pH level is less than ideal, schedule a complimentary in-home test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment.

Tested outside the safe range of 6.5 to 8.5?

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

What is TDS?

TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids. It is the sum of all minerals, metals, and salts dissolved in your drinking water.

How will I know if my water has a high TDS level?

Possible Corrosion And Staining On Fixtures
Salty, Bitter, Or Metallic Taste
Unpleasent Odor

What are the potential health risks?

TDS is a general characteristic of water and doesn’t have any known health effects. Its value is the sum of a variety of particles, some which have adverse health effects when ingested at high levels.

What should I do if my water has a high TDS level?

Besides the off-putting appearance, high levels of TDS can create problems around the house and potentially impact your health. Schedule a complimentary in-home test with your local Culligan Water Expert. Together you can discuss your water conditions and get recommendations for treatment. Our products are certified to NSF standards. NSF International is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to protect and improve global human health. They rigorously test products, require annual retesting, and perform unannounced plant inspections of filtration manufacturers.

Did your results test above the unpleasant level of 300 ppm?

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