Aquatek Labs Basic Profile is the standard test for drinking water. The Basic Profile was designed to provide a standard water analysis that can quickly and accurately determine the general quality of the water you drink. It is composed of 14 test parameters including bacteria, physical properties and chemical constituents. The Basic Profile meets the needs of both homeowners and professionals and is used anywhere that a general water screening is required. The basic profile results are generally available in 2-3 business days and include a comprehensive easy to read report.
When to test?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that all home owners have their well water tested annually. Many water contaminants have no color, odor, or taste and can only be detected through laboratory analysis. Houses that have children, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are especially at risk when contaminants are present in drinking water. The basic profile meets the minimum requirements specified by CT state statutes. Additional tests should be considered if there is reason to believe that other contaminates are present.
What is the significance of contaminants in the Basic Profile?
The health effects vary by contaminant. Some analytes such as bacteria, nitrates and nitrites are dangerous when present at levels exceeding their maximum contaminant levels (MCL's). On the other hand, parameters such as turbidity, color and odor are of aesthetic significance but do not have health implications. Metals can impart a bad taste to drinking water and leave colored stains on sinks and faucets. Acidic water will promote leaching of metals from pipes and fixtures causing stains on sinks, tubs, toilets, appliances and laundry and eventual destruction of the plumbing system. Excessively hard water will cause scaling throughout the plumbing and water heating system leading to decreased flow and heating efficiency. Hard water is also aesthetically unpleasant due to its ability to deter soap from lathering.