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Whether you’re connected to a public water supply or are using untreated well water, it’s essential that you test the quality of your water. There are several different options that you can look at when testing your water quality, but today we’re going to be looking at the top three.

Test Strips
These test strips, also known as pH strips, can be readily ordered for you to test your water. With its easy color-changing application, you can dip the strip in water and watch the color change. Then, all you have to do is compare the strip’s color to the chart given to show the concentration of a particular chemical in the water. These are easy to obtain and are fairly inexpensive, but they don’t give you the accuracy of other types of diagnostic solutions.

Color Disk Kits
Like pH strips, color disk kits (or drop test kits) are used to obtain knowledge about certain chemicals that are in your water. In order to use this test, you put a sample of your water in the test tube and then add powder or a couple of drops of the liquid compound to it. The color then changes depending on what elements they find in the water, and the color that you can compare to the chart is more accurate than a test strip. They provide a good set of information. However, the tests require an incubation period before the results are ready.

Professional lab test
If you want the most thorough and accurate test possible, you’re going to want to send in a sample of your water to a water testing lab. There are a number of different companies available from these companies. These companies offer everything from a regulatory scan to see how your water compares to the regular drinking standards to thorough health scans that tell you if additional filtration is needed for your water. These places may use a more advanced colorimetric comparison test, photometric test kits, or spectrophotometers to measure what chemicals are in your water and what level they are at.

Testing your water is essential for your own health and safety.