pest_services_water-testing_picWell Water Testing For Your Virginia Home

Making sure your home water system is clean and sanitary is essential for your health. From bacteria to chemicals, there are a range of particles and organisms that can make their way into your drinking water.

Schedule an appointment with the water experts at Triple ‘S’ to keep your home safe. We perform well testing and water analysis (Virginia only) to find, remove and prevent potentially dangerous problems.

Learn more about our water testing services:

Drinking Water Analyses

Waste Water Analyses

UV Light Systems

Types of Water Tests

Drinking Water Analysis

  • Total Coliform Bacteria (2 Day results)
  • Total Coliform Bacteria MPN (For Bacteria Counts)
  • pH
  • Corrosion Index (pH, Alkalinity & Hardness)
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrites
  • Nitrate/Nitrite
  • Metals (Lead, Copper, Iron, Manganese, etc.)
  • Hardness
  • Sulfates
  • Fluoride
  • VOC’s (method 524.2)BTEX-MTBE
  • TPH (Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons)
TPH-DRO
TPH-GRO
  • Pesticides (method 508)
  • Herbicides (method 515.1)

Waste Water Analysis

  • Fecal Coliform Bacteria MPN (for bacteria counts)
  • BOD5 (5 Day Biochemical Oxygen Demand)
  • TSS (Total Suspended Solids)
  • Oil & Grease
  • TKN (Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen)
  • Ammonia-N
  • Total Phosphorus (Phosphate)

UV Light System

UV light systems have been used sine the early 1990′s. They are environmentally friendly and trouble free. The UV lights are relatively inexpensive to purchase and operate. The UV lights disinfect the well water system by killing viruses, bacteria and micro organisms. They are simple to maintain, have low operation cost, requires no weekly or monthly maintenance, only a yearly inspection to change the bulb.

Types of Water Tests

The EPA recommends testing your well water at least once a year. You’ll want to test for coliform bacteria, nitrate and ph to ensure your water is safe. Testing your water should be done during the spring, summer months following a rainy period.

Total coliform- is a collective name used for all coliform groups.

What is Coliform Bacteria?

Coliform is a family of bacteria found in soils, plants and animals. Coliform bacteria is made up of several groups, fecal coliform, which is found in the intestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals including humans. The presence of fecal coliform in water is evidence that human or animal waste has been or is present. Many diseases can be spread through fecal transmission. If coliform bacteria is present in water, other disease-causing organisms may also be present.

Two common waterborne diseases are giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis; both cause intestinal illness. E. coli has also been associated with drinking contaminated water and can cause intestinal illness, hemolytic uremic syndrome, or serious kidney conditions.

Nitrates and Nitrites:

Is a constituent of fertilizers and have been used for many years in lawn treatments. Nitrates and nitrites from these fertilizers can get into wells and contaminate them. They also seep into groundwater, especially shallow wells.

Nitrites are a concern in infants under 6 months of age and farm animals. They affect the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Causes can be blue-baby syndrome (bluish tint to skin due to lack of oxygen) occurs, as well as shortness of breath, increased sensitivity to illness, heart attacks, and possibly death by asphyxiation. Older children and adults generally do not have a problem with nitrates.

Lead in water is most likely from a pipe or solder in your home’s plumbing.  The most common cause is corrosion, a reaction between the water and the lead pipes or solder. Dissolved oxygen, low pH (acidity) and low mineral content in water are some causes of corrosion. High levels of lead in drinking water can cause delays in physical or mental development, kidney problems, or high blood pressure.