Problem-Check Water Quality testing package by National Testing Laboratories will test for presence and level of iron and 20 other common contaminants in drinking water. This test is for home or well owners who experience problems with iron. Iron can be suspected if water leaves brown, orange or yellow stains. FilterWater.com has partnered with NTL to offer this fast and accurate test.
The purchase includes the test kit, the laboratory analysis and the lab water quality report. You are responsible for shipment and shipping cost of the water kit to NTL Labs.
Laboratory Well Water Problem Check Test - Why?
Iron is a common well water problem that can cause both odors and taste to your water as well as cause possible corrosion to your pipes, and clog screens thus reducing water flow. A way to determine if you might have iron would be look at your toilet tank to see if there is a brownish slime growing on the sides of the tank. If you have a reddish, brownish or yellowish color to your water - this too may be an indication of iron. If your water smells musty or similar to sewage, this too may indicate Iron Bacteria. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to perform an Iron Water Test. Iron in water can be ferrous based and bacteria based, so you would need to test for more than one contaminant to identifdy your specific problem.
How Iron is recognized in Water:
TASTE AND ODOR: Iron bacteria often produce unpleasant tastes and odors commonly reported as: "swampy," "oily or petroleum," "cucumber," "sewage" "rotten vegetation," or "musty." The taste or odor may be more noticeable after the water has not been used for some time. Iron bacteria do NOT produce hydrogen sulfide, the "rotten egg" smell.
COLOR: Iron usually cause orange, brown, red or slightly yellow stains on fixtures, and sometimes colored water. In severe cases it is common to see rainbow-colored oily residue on the surface.
RED SLIMY DEPOSITS: Iron bacteria leaves sticky slime which is typically rusty in color, but may be orange, brown, red, slightly yellow or even grey. Check a toilet tank for bacteria growth.
The characteristics above may be reason for a iron bacteria water test. However, bad taste and odor may be caused by other contaminants such as sulfate, hydrogen sulfide, manganese or other biological organisms such as sulfur bacteria.
Problem-Check Laboratory Analysis Iron Test Kit Instructions
- Complete all information on the enclosed form.
- Collect all water samples according to the detailed instructions included.
- To ensure valid bacteria results, samples should be collected after 1:00 PM EST. Samples must be shipped guaranteed next day delivery. Do not collect and ship your water on Friday, Saturday, or the day before a national holiday.
- Ship your kit via next day guaranteed delivery to National Testing Laboratories on the same day water is collected. Don't forget to write down tracking number to verify your package reaches the lab on time.
If you are performing testing to meet a regulatory requirement or if your results may be used for litigation purposes, please contact the lab for more information about testing packages designed for those purposes.