If you’re here, reading these words, then you already know how important getting a period water test in Fredericksburg, VA is, both in terms of making sure the water your family relies on is safe to drink, and in terms of maximizing water quality and taste.
One thing you might not be as clear on is this: Having decided to get a water test in Fredericksburg, VA, and having selected the test or tests you’re most interested in, once you get the test kit, how exactly do you go about prepping the sample for transport back to our lab so we can analyze it?
It’s a fair question, and one we get with some frequency. Here then, is the process you’ll use, no matter which water test in Fredericksburg, VA you’ve decided to order:
- Use only the sample collection containers provided by us
- Don’t use our sample container if the seal is broken or if the bottle is cracked. In those cases, we will send you a replacement.
- Remove the aerator screen from the faucet you’ll be collecting your sample from.
- Soak a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol.
- Swab the inside and outer portion of the faucet to ensure it is free of external contaminants.
- Run cold water for five minutes
- Without touching the insides of the collection container, open it.
- Fill the collection container to the 125 mL line.
- Screw the cap back on securely
- Write your name on the container
- Keep your sample cold or refrigerated until it is delivered to the lab or drop-off location nearest you.
Having your water tested isn’t hard or complicated, but there is definitely a process to it. Following the process precisely as we’ve outlined it above will ensure that when we get your water sample, we’ll be able to analyze it and get the results back to you quickly.
While there’s no hard and fast rule about testing frequency, we recommend having your water tested at least once a year, whether you’re on a municipal water system, or you rely on a private well or spring.
Annual testing is a good interval that gives you a growing collection of snapshots in time of the profile of your water. This allows you to track long term changes and make incremental corrections to keep your water safe and tasting great.
Naturally, if you suddenly notice a change in your water, you should deviate from the regular testing schedule and have your water tested right away because whatever has changed may be to the detriment of your family.
Where your family’s health is concerned, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. If you even suspect there’s a problem with the water you rely on for drinking, cooking and bathing, give our office a call right away. Similarly, if you’re less than thrilled with the way your water tastes, we can help with that. Call us today.