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These are the guideliness of checking your water for safety:

The first basis tests for natural contaminants and for trihalomethanes are a first priority.

The test for trihalomenthanes will also pick up common industrial pollutants such as benzine.

If you bought a new home that was recently treated for termites and it has a well, you should test the water for traces of chlordane.

If untreated sewage is a problem in your area, order tests for biological pollutants.

If you are near an industrial complex, you might want to check out chemical waste products in your water.

Test your own tap water for hardness before paying for a detailed analysis by a professional. Add ten drops of liquid detergent to a large glass about two-thirds full of tap water. Cover and shake.High foamy suds mean relatively soft water. A low, flat curd means hard water. Compare your results with the softest possible water by performing the same test using distilled water or mineral water.



*If the first analysis shows nothing to be worried about, wait a year and test again, if the result are the same, you can rest easy for another ten years unless, of course, the environment of the house changes radically.