Water Quality Testing
Fort Washington Licensed Home Inspector
What’s in Your Water?
When you’re in the process of buying a new home, having your water tested is essential. While public water systems are mandated to test and treat their water, these tests only cover the water that has yet to leave the treatment plant. Once it leaves the plant, your water must pass through miles of piping, some of which may be in disrepair or contain lead, before it enters your home’s plumbing system.
The Dangers of Low-Quality Water
Not only does low-quality water have an unpleasant taste and smell, but it can also have a number of long-term effects on the body.
According to the EPA Safe Drinking Water Act, there are two categories of contaminants. Primary contamination encompasses contaminants that have health-related effects. Secondary contamination includes contaminants with aesthetic effects. It’s possible for your water to have no traces of Primary contaminants above the recognized limits but still contain Secondary contamination that yields a bad odor, color, and taste. Fortunately, we have the tools and expertise necessary to identify any contamination in your water so you can ensure your family’s safety, health, and peace of mind.
Well Water Customers
If you get your water from a private well, you are responsible for scheduling water testing services. Most homeowners who use well water don’t request these services until they decide to sell their property. The EPA highly recommends that well owners schedule water testing services every year and whenever they suspect an issue. You should test your well for any traces of pH, total dissolved solids, nitrates, coliform bacteria, chemicals, and any other suspected contaminants.
Contamination can also occur as a result of dissolved chemicals that are naturally present in the groundwater, such as iron, chloride, sulfur, or calcium. When we conduct a water test on your property, you can count on us to fully disclose anything we find in your water with you. We perform all of our water testing through certified laboratories and will provide you with fast, accurate results.
Water Testing (Public)
Metals Arsenic, Copper, Iron, Lead, Nickel, Uranium, Zinc Non-Metal Inorganics Fluoride, Total Dissolved Solids, pH
With Inspection: $150
Without Inspection: $180
Well Water Testing
Metals Arsenic, Lead Non-Metal Inorganics Nitrate (as N), Nitrite (as N) Microbiology E. coli, Total Coliform
With Inspection: $180
Without Inspection: $210
Well Water Advanced Testing
Metals Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Calcium, Chromium (Total), Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Potassium, Selenium, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc Non-Metal Inorganics Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Chloride, Conductivity, Fluoride, Hardness, Nitrate (as N), Nitrite (as N), Phosphorous, Silica, Sulfate, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity, pH Microbiology E. coli, Total Coliform Calculated Parameters Grains per gallon, Hardness (Total), Hardness (Ca,Mg), Sodium Adsorption Ratio, Langelier Saturation Index
With Inspection: $250
Without Inspection: $280