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Water Quality Test Kit

We know that man-made chemicals, the majority of which were introduced into society after World War II, have been poisoning our surface drinking water supplies for years. Over the decades they have filtered down and contaminated our vital underground drinking sources as well.

Some experts believe the toxins in our drinking water are the number one health threat causing cancer, heart disease and lead poisoning. Water contaminants not only affect our health, but they can also corrode fixtures, stain and deteriorate clothing and household surfaces, alter the taste of food and drinking water, and slowly turn hair orange.

Chlorine is used to disinfect water in both private and public water systems. During the disinfection process, excessive amounts of chlorine may react with decaying organic matter to form trihalomethanes, which can cause cancer. One trihalomethane, chloroform, is a known carcinogen. Total chlorine consists of both free chlorine and combined (already reacted) chlorine. Free chlorine affects the taste and odor of you water and may irritate your skin and eyes.

Nitrates and Nitrites
Nitrates and nitrites are chemicals that enter our drinking water from fertilizer, sewage, feed lots and other geological elements. Nitrates over 10 ppm reduce the amount of oxygen available to the fetus in pregnant women causing "Blue Baby Syndrome" (methemoglobulinemia). It is also considered to be a major health threat to adults.

Iron is a mineral found in the ground that leaches into drinking water. Although a certain amount of iron is essential to good health, iron levels above .3 ppm cause water to taste bitter, stain and discolor our laundry, fixtures and hair. It is listed under the secondary standards for water.

Water Hardness
Water hardness is a measure of calcium and magnesium in water, neither of which are potential health risks in and of themselves. But hard water above 125 ppm tends to form scales inside pipes that, over time, can actually help to form a barrier from a dangerous lead contaminating drinking water from surrounding lead pipes. However, too much hard water buildup can clog pipes and heaters making cleaning operations much more difficult. Low water hardness of less than 54 ppm can be corrosive to plumbing and should only be considered a problem if you have lead soldered pipes.

Water Acidity (pH)
pH is a measure of the acidic or basic character of water. Results below 7 indicate acidity and above 7 indicates alkalinity. Water with low pH can be corrosive to plumbing fixtures, hot water systems, and leave red stains on galvanized pipe, blue-green stains on copper, and may also release harmful amounts of lead into your water from solder joints and pipes. A desirable reading is between 7 and 7.5.

Copper is a metal which is commonly found in drinking water. Small amounts are generally not a problem. However, copper levels above 1ppm can cause jaundice, pancreatitis, poisoning of the red blood cells, gastrointestinal problems and anemia. The presence of copper also affects water's taste and may stain your porcelain toilets and sinks.

How Do I Know If My Water Is Contaminated?
With the use of a water quality test kit such as the Professional Water Quality Test Kit manufactured by PRO-LAB, the homeowner can quickly and easily test for chlorine, water hardness, nitrates and Nitrite, Iron, pH, copper, and alkalinity of your water. All tests should take less than 5 minutes and provide quick reliable results.

Water Quality Test Kit by PRO-LAB™
The PRO-LAB Professional Water Quality Test Kit contains eight (8) individually foil wrapped, laboratory grade test strips (patented), allowing you to perform a total of sixteen (16) water tests, (2 for each test) in order to determine the quality of your water. There are also directions on this page, to check for two (2) additional contaminates, iron bacteria and hydrogen sulfide. Each test has its own directions. For accurate results, you must follow the directions exactly.


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