Water, water, everywhere, but is it safe to drink? You might carry around a water bottle, or fill up at the water cooler at work, or have a glass of water at a restaurant. Each of those can be safe sources of water, but have you ever thought about the water in your own home? Know how to find out if your home has safe drinking water, and how to make sure it stays that way.

Regardless of if your drinking water comes from a public water system, or you have a household well, there are certain conditions when you should test your water.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you should check to see your drinking water if your household plumbing contains lead, if you need a water softener to treat hardness, or if it has a bad taste or smell, as well as other issues.

Collecting a sample to test your water is easy. Most services provide their sample containers. It can be as simple as filling up the tube with your home’s water and sending it to the laboratory.

Some procedures require that water runs from an outside tap for a few minutes before filling the container, says the EPA, and some laboratories may even send a technician to collect and analyze the sample directly in your home.

Annual testing for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels is recommended by the EPA, especially if you have a new well. If someone is pregnant, it is suggested that you test for nitrate in the early months of the pregnancy, before bringing your baby home, and again in the first six months of the baby’s life.

Testing every three years will help discover sulfate, chloride, iron, manganese, hardness, and corrosion – important when your drinking water has taste, odor, or staining issues.

Sometimes, the plumbing in your home may cause your drinking water to become less safe. Corroding pipes, for instance, might introduce lead into your drinking water, especially in older homes.

If you ever feel uncertain with the safeness of your drinking water, let Kellermeier Plumbing help find, and fix, the problem. Call the professionals at Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134 to talk to our skilled plumbers today.