Drinking water may contain several contaminants, some of which are hazardous and some are not. Public water supplies are tested by the utility that supplies the water and must meet stringent EPA sandards. For more, see http://water.epa.gov.
Hudson Valley Home Inspection LLC will guide you through selecting the correct level of water testing. It is important to choose the right test, given the construction of the well and/or the home and any known environmental influences or pre-sale conditions that could affect the quality of your water.
Drinking water may be contaminated with lead. The problem may originate with the piping, fittings and fixtures in the home. Over time, water that is acidic or soft may have a corrosive effect on piping, fittings and fixtures and may cause the lead to leach int the water.
Homes that use water softening systems may have excessive amounts of sodium in the water supply. Persons on a sodium restricted diet may be affected.
Well water may become contaminated with bacteria resulting from faulty septic tanks or decayed organic matter that may have washed into the well. Water is analyzed for coliform bacteria to determine whether or not it is potable.
Acid rain leaching into soil has caused some water to be acidic (low ph). Acidic water can cause deterioration of pipes.