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Old 01-22-2010, 11:23 PM   #1
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Any suggestions on where to get well water tested for the bad stuff?
And also to determine how to set my water softener?

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Old 01-23-2010, 12:09 AM   #2
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Don't know what state you are from but here in Maine the state does water testing plus there is at least one private lab in the state that is certified to do water tests.

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Old 01-23-2010, 01:01 AM   #3
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Our local health department sends samples to the state lab for testing here (Massachusetts). They instruct you to buy a sterilized sample container at the local pharmacy; let your water run for five minutes or so before you fill the container; bring it in to their office, fill out the forms and you'll hear back in a week or two.
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In Michigan we get bottles free from the heath department and mail them to the state lab. A few counties have certified labs on site. They test for bacteria only. The partial chemistry tests have to be mailed to the state. The bottles are not the same. The BT bottle has a little pill in it. The most important thing is that the lab is certified.

This is how I test for bacteria.

The only approved place to take the test from is the sample tap on the pressure tank. If for some reason you do not have one, use an outside tap. The closest to the well is the best.

Let the water run at least 12 hours from the place you will test.
With a small touch, flame the tap. Then take the BT test.
Be very careful not to touch the inside of bottle or lid.
I were surgical gloves. There is a time limit to get this to the lab.
I express mail.

The partial chemistry is not as touchy to take.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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I've used these guys before: http://www.uldrinkwell.com/
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I've used these guys before: http://www.uldrinkwell.com/
Wow!! That is costly. Our BT test is $16.00 for the lab. Partial chem $18.00. Plus mailing or taking them to the lab.
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when I did mine a few years ago, I recall finding a coupon promo code...so I didnt pay that much.

I did know that I didnt trust any of our local water supply vendors on their tests....several seem to "always" find a problem and recommend their equipment.
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when I did mine a few years ago, I recall finding a coupon promo code...so I didnt pay that much.

I did know that I didnt trust any of our local water supply vendors on their tests....several seem to "always" find a problem and recommend their equipment.
I would not trust them either. Plus, their tests are not recognized by the state. It has to be a certified lab.
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I've used these guys before: http://www.uldrinkwell.com/
I just checked. The would not recognize this lab's tests.
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On our BT tests for water wells in Michigan. The test is pass/fail. To be approved it has to be 100% BT free. If it does not pass, it is up to the driller to fix the problem on a new well. Of course, this does not mean they have to do it with no charge.
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I found this for my state:
The Indiana State Department of Health Laboratory (ISDH) will test private well water samples for $8, for the following parameters:
  • Microbiological examination - To determine if the water is bacteriologically safe for drinking purposes.
  • Determination of sodium, fluoride, nitrite and nitrate: Sodium is important for those on low sodium diets, fluoride is important in the prevention of dental caries, and nitrate is particularly a concern for infant feeding because infants are sensitive to nitrate.
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I think I still need a test to determine how to set my water softener.
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I think I still need a test to determine how to set my water softener.
That would be the partial chem. If your state does not test for this you could use the Michigan lab. These tests are not time sensitive.

I would check with your state first.
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I think I still need a test to determine how to set my water softener.
http://www.in.gov/isdh/22452.htm

Any of these labs will run all of your tests.
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Any suggestions on where to get well water tested for the bad stuff?
You can buy a home test lit, take a sample to a plumbing or pump supply house, a lab or local water treatment dealer, or buy a test kit online from Hach Co or others but, you need to come up with what you want to test for before doing any of that.

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And also to determine how to set my water softener?
The only way you are going to learn how to set up a softener is to talk to someone that sells them and will tell you how to program it. That will be after you get your water test results for hardness, iron and such.

BTW, labs SELL water tests, and usually HIGH priced water tests and they usually don't know anything about water treatment or the equipment used.

They usually want (you) to test for many more things than you may need or want.

The State, county or health department doesn't test for many things you need to know if you are thinking you need treatment equipment and they don't know treatment equipment and usually have outdated info that they pass on to their 'customer'.

So the only people that know both parts, testing and equipment, are the people that sell the equipment. And when you call one out because you have a water quality issue, they have no reason to lie to you AND if you think about it, they assume serious liability for their equipment while none of the others that you may use to test your water have any liability.

And with a lab how do you know your sample wasn't confused with another and/or you were given another person's test results? Or, how would you know if the lab made a mistake? Hospitals make hundreds of thousands of mistakes annually, and you better bet that water testing labs do too.

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