We all know the importance of drinking water. It affects all aspects of our health. Even more important, we need to be drinking safe, clean water. Are you one of the 63% of Americans concerned about drinking polluted water? Many short-term illnesses and even chronic health conditions can be caused by bacteria, heavy metals, and nitrates from contaminated water. There is no need to be oblivious about the condition of your drinking water – whether you have well or city water, you need to be confident that the water you are giving your family is healthy.
Getting your water tested by a professional can be expensive and take weeks for results. There is no need to wait when you can quickly and easily test your water at home with the DIY home water quality test called Safe Home® by EnviroTestKits.
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EnviroTestKits Safe Home DIY Home Water Quality Test Review
The Safe Home DIY Home Water Quality Tests by EnviroTestKits are easy for anyone to use to test their city, well, and other drinking water to find common contaminants that could affect your health. We have well water, and it tastes pretty good for well water. However, taste isn’t everything. Getting our water tested is a priority for me. I found it very easy to use the EnviroTestKits Safe Home DIY home water quality tests.
The kit includes test strips to test contaminants like iron, copper, nitrite, total dissolved solids, zinc, chloride, mercury, silver, and more. Each test strip is unique in the amount of time that it has to be exposed to water before comparing to the included color sheet. Some take just 1-2 seconds while others take 30 seconds, it just depends on the test.
There are a few Safe Home DIY Home Water Quality Tests to choose from, I used the starter kit that includes 20 tests. I feel very confident that this kit tests so many common contaminants. In about a 1/2 hour, I was able to test for 20 different contaminants and record my water results.
I did this test alone because my kids were at school, but I wish I had waited because it would have been a good learning experience for them. I especially think my son would have liked it because he always tests pH levels in his aquariums. Next time, I’ll wait because it is always good to include children in learning experiences, especially life experiences that they’ll be able to look back on when they are an adult – like cooking, cleaning, chores, woodworking, and basic maintenance. It is never too early to teach children life lessons.
There are a couple of tests that you need to use, including a vial with unique test strips. These tests are also very simple to do. For this, you can test for bacteria, including coliform and E. Coli, as well as pesticides and lead.
I’m actually pleased overall with the results of my water tests. The levels are pretty low or nonexistent for the majority of contaminants. However, I’m glad I did the test because the first step in finding a solution is to know what the problems are. Being oblivious to whether the water is safe or unhealthy is not a responsible choice. We do have a high level of total dissolved solids in our water, which I already knew about. I use a water filter for all the water we drink. Adding a good filter to your tap is one of the most effective ways to remove contaminants like lead. If you find copper, it is good to run the water for 30-60 seconds before using it if it hasn’t been running for 6 or more hours. If you find significant contaminates, contact your local water company or certified water treatment company to get a system in place.
Even after testing your water initially, it is always a good idea to test again whenever you notice a change in taste, color, odor, staining of fixtures or clothes, or a sign of a health problem that could be triggered by contaminated water, like gastrointestinal illnesses. You can also test after heavy rain or flooding, if your well cap breaks or a new contamination source enters the picture if you have a well.
You can purchase your own Safe Home DIY kit at your local hardware stores, including Menards, and on Amazon.com. If you have concerns about the results from your test, you can also purchase a pro kit that can be mailed to the EnviroTestKits lab for even more accurate and detailed lab results.
Testing your water could be the first step toward better health for you and your family. 45% of us aren’t drinking enough water, and 63% of us are unsure if our water is safe. Finding out if your water is safe is the responsible thing to do. Then, increase your water intake. The general rule of thumb is to drink 8 cups of water daily, while the Mayo Clinic recommends men drink 13 cups and women 9 cups. Drinking enough clean water can improve your health with digestion, circulation, weight management, healthy-looking skin, energized muscles, kidney health, healthy bowel function, and more.