If we had a dollar for every time we got asked the first question below, we’d all drive expensive cars and dine on lobster for lunch… instead of taking the bus and eating Ramen Noodles every day.
T_RadioMan in Clifton Park, NY asked…
Why do I always get staining in my sinks? Is my well water polluted? Is it dangerous?
Slow down, killer. Slow down. One question about the quality of your water at a time, OK? 😉
Staining… of fixtures often happens when water contains dissolved metals. Have you tested your water for metals?
- Iron in Water — may leave brown, yellow and/or orange stains in sinks and on fixtures
- Manganese in Water — may leave dark brown, black or deep purple stains in sinks and on fixtures
- Copper in Water — may leave blue, green or dark stains in sinks and on fixtures
Polluted… drinking water may not ever show any signs of contamination. Only testing the water will tell you if your water contains dangerous contaminants and if you know nothing about the quality of the water, it definitely makes sense to opt for a thorough water quality analysis conducted by a qualified laboratory such as National Testing Laboratories or a local laboratory w/ similar qualifications.
National Testing Laboratories offers three levels of certified drinking water testing and their customers get test results within two weeks.
- WaterTest Basic tests for 27 water quality parameters
- WaterCheck test for 83 water quality parameters
- WaterCheck w/ Pesticides tests for 97 water quality parameters
Dangerous… water also may not show any obvious signs of it malignant nature so having testing performed by a qualified laboratory to find out if the water contains harmful contaminants or a dangerously low/high pH makes sense if you know nothing about the water and have ‘problems’ with it such as skin irritation, staining of fixtures, foul odor, nasty taste, or unexplainable recurring gastrointestinal troubles.
To conclude, T_RadioMan, you really won’t ever know the cause of your water woes until you get that water of yours checked out by a certified water testing laboratory.