People use many different methods to keep their families safe, such as home security systems and automotive upgrades. However, because we use our sinks and showers every day, many don’t consider the importance of routine water testing. It can be difficult to remember that, without proper care, your water can contain harmful toxins! Whether your water comes from a well or city main line, it is essential to test for contaminants in order to ensure you and your family are receiving high-quality, clean water.

Children drinking clean water.

Three Elements That Can Be In Your Water & Hurting Your Family

Lead

It is a known fact that Chicago’s water has high lead concentrations, but many don’t realize that 70% of Chicago homes are affected. Because so many homes are impacted by this issue, it is difficult for the administration to solve this problem quickly. This means that until a widespread solution is reached, it may be safer to find ways to independently reduce lead contamination.

Lead can cause health problems for people of all ages, but it is particularly dangerous to children, whose brains are still developing. It can cause learning and behavioral disabilities, which was seen in Flint in 2014. Consider scheduling a water test if you have small children, especially if you live in an older home that may have iron pipes susceptible to corrosion..

 

Arsenic

Arsenic is a serious health risk and can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and even cancer. Many people know that arsenic is poisonous but don’t realize that it can be in their tap water. Because arsenic is difficult to detect by taste alone, it is essential to test your water to ensure no contamination is present.

So how does arsenic get into our drinking water in the first place? It is naturally found in the Earth’s crust and is therefore present in groundwater. If you have not had your water tested for arsenic, especially if your water is sourced from a well, consider calling a professional to make sure you and your family are not exposed to this dangerous toxin.

 

Bacteria

Runoff from septic tanks, sewage and parks where animal waste is found can cause bacterial contamination in your drinking water. Homes with wells are particularly susceptible to bacteria, as their water doesn’t receive the same cleansing treatments that city water does.

You can usually identify bacterial contamination by sight or smell, but the only way to know for sure is if you have a water test done. Various bacteria can cause intestinal infections and dysentery, which are considered minor health issues for most, but can be fatal to vulnerable individuals such as infants and the elderly. If you have a private water supply, or older well and haven’t had your water tested for bacteria, consider scheduling an appointment.

 

If you suspect that your water has been contaminated or haven’t had your water quality tested, give us a call at (773)-724-9272 to schedule water testing right away!