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Old 01-23-2010, 01:37 PM   #16
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This is what the Michigan lab tests for. You can choose what test you would like.

For water treatment the $18 par chem will tell you what you need for treatment.

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Old 01-23-2010, 02:20 PM   #17
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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.


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need to know if you are thinking you need treatment equipment and they don't know treatment equipment and usually have outdated info that they pass on to their 'customer'.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.
The samples are marked and checked. I have never had a problem with the labs.

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For the money, if you have never had the water tested before, or maybe you just moved in, I would have the full boat test done. Test for minerals, contaminants, bacteria, radon, etc. Then you will know where to put your filtration money. Home test kits are ok, but will not test for the stuff that can kill you.
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Most state water regulators have a list of certifiedlaboratories that they approve. Coliform Bacteria must be tested by a state approved laboratory.
Bacteria samples require a specific way of taking the sample and it must be done exactly that way or I guarantee it won't pass. It must arrive at the laboratory in a specified amount of time for testing and depending on the state it can cost up to $50.00 for the lab work alone.

I don't recommend pumping a well for more than an hour. Any more than that is a waste of precious water, electricty and in some areas could pump a well down causing serious problems. However in some areas of the country with lots of ground water pumping a well for hours and hours isn't a problem.

Most water conditioner people and some well drillers can test for Iron; Hardness; Sulphur and PH. I trust most reputable contractors like Culligan. Some others are questionable. The people that service and install water conditioner equipment should be able to recommend, service and adjust your water conditioning equipment.

Be leary of big box stores as most only sell the equipment and know nothing about it. Same goes for their well pumps and supplies!

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Most state water regulators have a list of certifiedlaboratories that they approve. Coliform Bacteria must be tested by a state approved laboratory.
Bacteria samples require a specific way of taking the sample and it must be done exactly that way or I guarantee it won't pass. It must arrive at the laboratory in a specified amount of time for testing and depending on the state it can cost up to $50.00 for the lab work alone.

I don't recommend pumping a well for more than an hour. Any more than that is a waste of precious water, electricty and in some areas could pump a well down causing serious problems. However in some areas of the country with lots of ground water pumping a well for hours and hours isn't a problem.

Most water conditioner people and some well drillers can test for Iron; Hardness; Sulphur and PH. I trust most reputable contractors like Culligan. Some others are questionable. The people that service and install water conditioner equipment should be able to recommend, service and adjust your water conditioning equipment.

Be leary of big box stores as most only sell the equipment and know nothing about it. Same goes for their well pumps and supplies!

Porky Cutter, MGWC
Master Ground Water Consultant
www.dci-inc.us
In Michigan tests for BT and a par chem on new wells. It is included in the permit price.

Bay county heath department will not test until the well has been pumped three days without shutting it off.

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