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    Quote Originally Posted by nate81 View Post
    No offence but this doesnt help me at all. If I was going to hire someone else to do it for me I wouldn't have bothered coming to the forums.

    To me, a solid investment is buying the kit to test it myself and then i have total control of my water, not having to use some guy as a middle man. I use a high quality test kit to control my pool water to my exact specs...I don't see why i am unable to do the same with my drinking/bathing water.

    The previous homeowner was a paranoid old widow who would probably buy any garbage you send her way and tell her she needs it 'or else'. I'm still not totally convinced all of the equipment I have out there is totally necessary.
    LOL. A pool test kit won't give you the necessary information. If it was cost-effective to test for numerous contaminants with a home test kit you would have been so advised. Get your water properly tested so intelligent decisions can be made as to whether all that equipment is necessary. If your water is basic, contains iron and H2S, it may well be needed in one form or another although one could perhaps optimize the implementation. Do you think the original owner was just throwing money away on unnecessary water treatment? A possibility perhaps, but right now you have no idea.

    You can reasonably test hardness and pH at home. Beyond that you need a lab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifespeed View Post
    LOL. A pool test kit won't give you the necessary information. If it was cost-effective to test for numerous contaminants with a home test kit you would have been so advised. Get your water properly tested so intelligent decisions can be made as to whether all that equipment is necessary. If your water is acidic, contains iron and H2S, it may well be needed in one form or another although one could perhaps optimize the implementation. Do you think the original owner was just throwing money away on unnecessary water treatment? A possibility perhaps, but right now you have no idea.

    You can reasonably test hardness and pH at home. Beyond that you need a lab.

    I would assume going through my local county government would be a trusted source right? Here is mine: http://www.wakegov.com/water/wells/Pages/wellfees.aspx How do i know what tests to pay for?

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    Tough call. If you aren't near agriculture you can probably safely skip the pesticides. Nitrates are usually from fertilizer, but can also be from natural minerals. You may want to test everything but pesticides. Or utilize the water test map on your county site to inform of any particular problems in your area.

    Perhaps others can chime in if anything is safe to cross off the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifespeed View Post
    Tough call. If you aren't near agriculture you can probably safely skip the pesticides. Nitrates are usually from fertilizer, but can also be from natural minerals. You may want to test everything but pesticides. Or utilize the water test map on your county site to inform of any particular problems in your area.

    Perhaps others can chime in if anything is safe to cross off the list.
    I have tobacco fields all around me pretty much, one is a few hundred yards away and there are many more about 1/4 mile up the street. So I guess this means i need to test for every single thing they have? Wow, this is gonna be pretty expensive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate81 View Post
    Wow, this is gonna be pretty expensive...
    Too expensive, IMHO. Look for a national lab, which could run around $200 for everything you need. Some of the pro's have suggested some names in other threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Too expensive, IMHO. Look for a national lab, which could run around $200 for everything you need. Some of the pro's have suggested some names in other threads.
    To get all the tests done locally through the county it would r un around $475. When I searched terrylove.com forums for well water testing......this thread came up lol Maybe someone reading this can chime in and suggest a more affordable yet reliable source for testing my well water.

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    If you have an A&M university you might call them to see if they do water testing. When I was in Tx they did one that covered IIRC 50 elements for around $10.00

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    Doesn't look like they do-- see http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/ext...m/ag473_2.html (although it's 17 years old -- give your county Extension Office a call).

    Here's a post where testing was discussed:
    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...l=1#post384501
    and here's one (above) where a national lab was suggested:
    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...l=1#post388460

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    Use google. You can knock a few bucks off the price, but your first test will be the most expensive. Thereafter you can probably narrow it down a bit and monitor iron and e. coli.
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    So I got my test kits in the mail today, for hardness and iron. And as I suspected I have no iron in my water....we had our water tested at a pool store, and they said we had no iron. We filled our pool with our well water and when we added the chlorine we didn't get any discoloration as you would if you had iron and when i did the test today, it wasn't showing any.

    As far as hardness goes, i'm showing 8 grains per gallon as CaCO3

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    So I got my test kits in the mail today, for hardness and iron. And as I suspected I have no iron in my water....we had our water tested at a pool store, and they said we had no iron. We filled our pool with our well water and when we added the chlorine we didn't get any discoloration as you would if you had iron and when i did the test today, it wasn't showing any.

    As far as hardness goes, i'm showing 8 grains per gallon as CaCO3

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    An iron and hardness test kit are helpful, but... a real test should be done. Other contaminants, pH, etc all are part of a well test, not just iron and hardness. You have equipment that would usually be installed for reasons other than iron and hardness, why was it installed? Some companies will sell and install equipment that is not needed, but this is not a common practice. I will let others try to help you until you get a proper water test done.

    Hope this helps.

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    I'm looking for help on turning my water softener back on. I intend on bypassing the other equipment until I can afford a full water test like you recommend.

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    $219 complete test. A savy prospective buyer considering a property with a well would have done this (and a well flow test) as part of the home inspection. Still not too late.
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    Several of my customers use that service and swear by it. Many cities and counties require a proper water test prior to a property being sold or transferred. We find more wells with Arsenic and other contaminants that people have been drinking from for too many years.

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