Your family depends on your home’s drinking water as a way to maintain health. But for all the times you’ve used your tap water, do you know how healthy is it? Without proper testing, you could be welcoming contaminants into your home through your faucets, and you wouldn’t even know it.

Your drinking water could be suffering from an imbalance of any of these common contaminants and tap water problems:

Be ahead of the curve when it comes to your home’s water quality by testing your home’s drinking water. Learn how to test drinking water quality at home by performing these simple steps:

  1. Use your senses
  2. Examine water reports for your local municipality
  3. Use home testing kits 
  4. Schedule a Healthy Home Assessment

1. Use Your Senses

The best tool you have for testing the drinking water of your home is your own senses. As someone who has been drinking water for your whole life, you’d know if there is something “off” about your water.

Put your trust in your senses, and see if any of these circumstances apply to you:

If your tap water smells like….

If your water tastes…

If your water looks cloudy and has the color of…

The general rule for home water quality is: If you think something is wrong with your tap water, there’s something about it that is giving you this feeling. Be sure to follow up on your suspicions to find out if there is a problem or not.

2. Examine Water Reports From Your Local Municipality

If you’re looking for a thorough understanding of the water quality for your area, try going to your local government for information. Many municipalities offer tap water quality reports to their constituents, allowing you to see water test details for yourself.

If your home is located in the Greater Toronto Area, you will be able to request a municipal water report from these jurisdictions:

3. Use Home Testing Kits

There are two popular types of home water testing kits: test strips, and powder kits.

Test Strips

Test strips serve as a quick and convenient way to test your home drinking water quality. This style of water test usually consists of several testing pads that are mounted on a single testing strip.

To use a test strip:

  1. Dip a test strip in a container filled with a water sample taken from your faucet.
  2. Wait a few minutes to allow the test strip enough time to react with your water. Times will vary, but for most test strips you’ll need to submerge them in water for 5 seconds while moving gently. 
  3. Once the allotted time has passed, compare any changes in color on the strip to a color chart included with the testing kit.

Each pad tests for a different contamination/element that can include bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrites/nitrates, chlorine, hardness, and pH.

Convenient and simple to use, one great advantage of test strips is that you’ll be able to save them for later, or bring them to other locations away from your home such as your cottage. However, their simple nature also works against them since they can only provide general answers with results that are not very exact.

Powder Kits

Powder test kits also show you how to test drinking water quality at home. Instead of strips to be dunked, powder test kits have users add drops of water to a vial or container with powder. The results are then compared to a chart to determine the level of contamination, if any.

Although powder test kits are much better for testing for bacteria, both types of kit tests can provide good measurements for pH, hardness, chemicals, and chloride in your home’s water supply. However, if you’re looking for professional results, you’ll need to enlist the help of a professional.

4. Schedule a Healthy Home Assessment

If you want to know how to test drinking water quality at home in the best way possible, schedule a Healthy Home Assessment (HHA) with Healthy Home Makeovers. This on-site, multi-point, physical inspection of a home, office or cottage determines and identifies any environmental threats that could impact the health of your family.

A Healthy Home Assessment tests your tap water using your most reliable source, namely your kitchen sink, or at your water system if one is in place. During the 60-90 minute-long Assessment, the equipment is set up in front of you to let you see how it works.

The HHA will test your tap water for pH levels, iron, chlorine as well as water hardness, something that is a definite problem in certain parts around the GTA.

In addition to an air quality test, a Healthy Home Assessment will test your home’s water quality to see if your tap water is safe to drink. It will also see if your home has been inundated by toxins and other pollutants.

In total, a Healthy Home Assessment consists of:

Upon completing this fact-based, scientific process, a homeowner will receive a full, detailed report that explains the results of the tests and will list any potential threats that were found in your home. 

The Healthy Home Makeovers team will let you know what’s going on with your water, and give you options on how to rectify your situation with our product recommendations that include our lineup of high-quality water purifiers.

Importantly, the testing results will inform you of what, if any, steps need to be taken to solve any problems your home may have. These can come in the form of Healthy Home Makeovers product lineup of air purifiers, organic bedding, and other home environment products that include detoxification products.

A Healthy Home Assessment costs $99, but should you make a future purchase worth $500, this amount will be credited back to you. This means that as a returning customer, the Health Home Assessment would be yours for FREE.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your family and home! Book your Healthy Home Assessment NOW!

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For more information, please contact us! We’re Healthy Home Makeovers, Canada’s trusted expert for improving lifestyles with natural answers.

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