The water that comes out of your taps, if provided by your city or county, is typically treated and tested to ensure its overall purity. However, this doesn't mean that you have any guarantees as to the purity of the water you're provided—as many different circumstances could contaminate the water before it reaches your home.
If you have a well on your property, there are also problems you might experience with the well water that can be of concern. Note a few times when it's good to have your home's water supply tested for bacteria and other sediment or contaminants.
1. When the water appears very cloudy.
Cloudy water is caused by too much air in the pipes and this excess air causes those clouds to form. In some cases this can be the fault of the sprayer that is at the end of your faucet, but it can also mean that there is a leak in your home's plumbing system. If air is getting into the pipes, there is a chance that other contaminants are getting into the water as well. When water is overly cloudy, have it tested.
2. If your property's well has needed repairs.
If a well on your property has needed repairs for any reason, you want to get the water tested before you start using it again. Leaks to a well can mean that sediment and bacteria have gotten back into the drinking water, not just that water has leaked out. After repairing your property's well, get the water supply tested to ensure it's safe for drinking.
3. If your skin feels overly dry or irritated after a shower.
Sediment and contaminants in water settle onto the skin and can irritate it and strip away natural oils, so that your skin often feels very dry and irritated after a shower in water that isn't pure. If this happens, and especially if you notice hard water stains on items you keep in the shower such as bottles of shampoo, have the water tested. You might just need a water softener for your home or a filter for the showerhead to address this problem.
4. If you've made major plumbing repairs to the home.
As with well repairs, major plumbing repairs may mean that sediment and other contaminants have gotten into the home's water supply during the repair work. If plumbers did not cap off certain pipes properly or pipes were left exposed for any length of time, this could affect your home's water supply, so have it tested before using it again.
If you experience any of these issues, contact resources like Agrifood Technology to get the water tested and find a solution to the problem at hand.