01/11/2017: Does Heavy Metals Check Test for Nickel? -- We recently got asked if the
SenSafe Heavy Metals Check product detect Nickel... and it does, but with the following caveat: This product DOES detect nickel, but at the same time it also detects other metals and therefore provides a co...... [more details here.]
01/06/2017: Question Regarding WaterSafe Lead in Water Test Kit --
This morning we received a simple inquiry from a potential (Water Test Kit Store on) Amazon customer who asked, "Does this kit test for particulate lead or just dissolved lead?"
We checked with the WaterSafe and learned the following:
According to the manufacturer, "Our Watersafe® Lead Test Kit can detect dissolved lead at levels below the EPA Action Level of 15 parts per billion (ppb)."
To test for what some call total lead, which would include particulate lead and free dissolved lead you would need to send a water sample to a laboratory where they would more than likely perform some sort of acid digestion to break down the all forms of the metal into a detectable state.
Testing for metals in general?
For most folks the first step in determining what, if any advanced metals testing needs to or should take place involves taking a look at a water sample to see if it contains metals at all. For that task the SenSafe Heavy Metals Check product works well since it detects a wide range of metals and gives a total metal concentration as its result.
SenSafe Heavy Metals Check will not tell you what metal(s) it detects or give individual metal concentrations, but rather it adds any observed concentrations together into a single value. If that value seems 'high', then you may want to consider testing for metals of particular interest due to their potentially hazardous nature if consumed in drinking water. Those metals may include (but are in no way limited to) lead, mercury, chromium and/or arsenic.
Other metals such as copper, zinc, iron, manganese may pose health hazards in really high concentrations, but typically water supplies will not contain levels that high without man-made influence(s). Metals like these can, however, cause aesthetic problems at lower concentrations and some may cause damage to plumbing in the form metallic deposits that restrict water flow.... [more details here.]
11/21/2016: Does Iron in Drinking Water Pose a Threat? -- Today's inquiry came to use from 'Margette' who asked, "
We used your iron test to test our tap water and it read pretty high by the color chart. Our house is old and in an older part of town we're told by neighbors the pipes underground are...... [more details here.]
11/16/2016: Can WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit Get Used on Coffee or Tea? -- Recently we heard from 'SanJ' who asked, "Can we use the WaterSafe well water strip check for contamination of beverages (like coffee, tea)?"
The WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit uses visual test methods for detection of the different quality pa...... [more details here.]
11/16/2016: Does SenSafe Heavy Metals Check Test for Chromium-6? -- With all the recent talk about Chromium-6 in the news, again, we have gotten inundated with questions asking if the SenSafe Heavy Metals Check product we carry will detect Chromium-6 (also known as Hexavalent Chromium).
SenSafe Heavy M...... [more details here.]
11/16/2016: Testing for Chloramines and Chlorine at the Same Time -- The other day 'Kodawari' asked, "Hello. Do you have any kits that test for chloramine and chlorine together? Thanks."
No home testing product that we know of tests for chloramines directly, but you can calculate the chloramine concentration ...... [more details here.]
11/16/2016: Can the EZ Cult Bacteria Test Give Coliform Count? -- Today's inquiry came to us from 'Sir Lawrence' who asked, "I'm considering the EZ Cult Bacteria test and need to know Does this test (or any test you know of) test for numbers of total coliforms? In other words, a test that will give the level...... [more details here.]
09/16/2016: Brief Water Statement from the Water Test Kit Store -- We saw a post on Facebook recently that showed internal pictures of pipes allegedly from Flint, MI accompanied by the following text: "Instead of putting new oil pipelines in North Dakota, let's put new water lines in Flint."
For those who think F...... [more details here.]
07/15/2016: Color Change in Coliform Bacteria Test After 48 Hours -- We recently heard from 'Nate' who asked, "I did the simple coliform test for 48 hr. I noted @ 46 hr (77F) the sample was yellow as it had been from the start; I did not note the color @ 48hr time. Then this morning @ 58 hr, the sample was a little...... [more details here.]
04/21/2016: Free Water Testing in Allegan County (Michigan) -- We recently learned that the Allegan Conservation District in Allegan County (Michigan) will distribute free test kits for nitrates and nitrites to landowners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center, 2891 116th Ave. in Allegan. This free water test kit offer comes to […]... [more details here.]