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Is it Time to Use a Water Test Kit?

Drinking water, especially water that comes from a well or spring, may sometimes contain a contaminant that can cause problems, some of which may be minor, and others more serious.

Does your water have a particular smell, taste or color? Then it may be time to order a water test kit.

Your water may contain a variety of contaminants, but the most common are the following:

  • Sulfur: Few things are more annoying than well water that smells like rotten eggs. While this water is generally safe to drink, it most definitely is not a pleasant experience!
  • Iron and manganese: These elements in water can not only stain clothes and fixtures, they can discolor your clothes. Manganese also can cause an unpleasant taste in drinking water.
  • Arsenic: Can cause a higher risk of several types of cancer.
  • Bacteria: Can cause cramping and diarrhea and more serious health complications. Many bacteria cannot be detected by humans, so if you suspect your water – public or well – might be contaminated, a water test kit is in order.
  • Nitrates: Nitrates in well water can be a serious problem, most often caused by water runoff from manure or fertilizer. Nitrates can cause an oxygen deficiency in the blood that can be deadly for infants.
  • Tannins: Can cause yellowish water and stains on fixtures and clothes. Usually tannins in water are caused by groundwater seeping through large amounts of decaying vegetation.

If you think that your water might be contaminated with any of the above, be sure to order a Pelican Water Testing Kit immediately. Note that if you call Pelican with your test results, you will receive a $50 credit towards the purchase of a Pelican Premium Whole House Water System.

Some of Pelican’s leading water test kit products include:

  • Watercheck 32 – tests for 32 contaminants, including arsenic, fluoride, Iron, tannins, hardness, nitrates, mercury and sodium.
  • Watercheck with Pesticide Option – tests for the above, as well as many pesticides, such as acetone, benzene and bromobenzene.
  • Well Tests for Iron and Hydrogen Sulfide – tests for iron and sulfur contamination in well water.
  • Specialty Water Tests for Radon and Tannins – tests for tannins and also for radon, which is a naturally occurring radioactive element that is a problem in some groundwater supplies in the US, such as in North Carolina.

It is a good idea to have your drinking water tested every few years to ensure that the whole family is drinking cleaner, safer water.