There are numerous contaminants found in soil that could make their way into your water supply—arsenic being one of the most dangerous. Repeated exposure to arsenic over a long period results in an increased risk of developing cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, nerve damage, and related health problems. That’s why it’s important to perform thorough water testing, especially if you suspect your drinking water is contaminated or if you’ve recently installed a new plumbing system.
What You Should Know About Arsenic & Water Testing
Arsenic develops naturally in some types of soil. For years, it rarely contaminated groundwater supplies. However, urban and suburban development has changed that recently. As more people use water in a region, the water table depletes. Under the right conditions, a depleted water table allows oxygen to reach the bedrock aquifers where arsenic develops, triggering a chemical reaction and releasing it into the groundwater—and potentially into your home or office.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to detect the presence of arsenic without help from well and water testing professionals. It has no noticeable smell or taste, so you need lab tests to confirm its presence and help you make sure it’s clean.
However, there are some basic signs to look for to determine if your water is contaminated. Water that has changed color or that has stained your plumbing fixtures may be unsafe for consumption. For the best results, test a sample of your water annually. Doing so will give you peace of mind. Your drinking water plays a major role in your daily life, so it’s essential that it’s safe to consume.
If you need to schedule water testing service in the southwest Wisconsin area, get in touch with LV Laboratories LLC, based in Lancaster. Since 1993, they’ve offered reliable and efficient tests, helping home and business owners throughout the region better understand the condition of their water. Contact them online to learn more or call (608) 723-4096.