10/12/2017: Does the WaterSafe City Water Test Kit Test for THM’s and Other Disinfection Byproducts? -- This morning we received an inquiry from 'Marlaina' who asked, "
Hi. Does your city water check test for thms and other disinfectant products?"
Thank you for the questions, Marlaina. The WaterSafe City Water Test Kit does not detect THM's ...... [more details here.]
10/05/2017: What are the Color Blocks (Levels) for the Peroxide Strips? --
This morning we received an inquiry from 'Kallie' who asked, "Found your peroxide strip product on google and assume it has 5 or 6 color blocks, but what are the levels?"
Thank you, Kallie, for the question. The color chart on the Peroxide Check test strips that we carry has (7) seven color blocks at the following levels: 0.05, 2.0, 5.0, 10, 25, 50 and 100 ppm (mg/L).
Who needs to test for (hydrogen) peroxide?
Abbreviated as H2O2, hydrogen peroxide works as a powerful oxidizer and its uses include treating minor cuts and scratches, washing various food items, and sanitizing hot tubs & swimming pools that use the Baquacil® (or other biguanide) sanitizer system.... [more details here.]
09/15/2017: Vinyl Chloride Testing in Air and Water…. but What About Chloramines? -- This morning we heard from 'Steve', a gentleman who had previously asked us by email about testing for vinyl chloride in air and water. In our initial reply we informed him that
National Testing Laboratories offered several mail-in wat...... [more details here.]
09/15/2017: Does the WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit Detect E. Coli? -- We recently received an email from 'Teri' who asked,
"Hi. We're looking at the WaterSafe Well Test Kit and want to know if it tests for E. Coli. Thanks."
Good morning, Teri, and thank you for the question. The WaterSafe Well Water T...... [more details here.]
09/07/2017: Should I Drain My Pool In Advance of a Hurricane? -- We just received an inquiry from ‘Bekki’ who asked, “With (hurricane) Irma coming at us should we drain our inground pool before we evacuate for higher ground?” Thank you for your inquiry, Bekki, and we hope you and everyone else potentially in Hurricane Irma’s way the best of luck and safe travels. Should you drain […]... [more details here.]
09/06/2017: Well Water Test Kit That Includes Manganese and Magnesium? -- We recently received an inquiry from 'Marilyn' who asked, "I need to test my well water in order to determine the correct equipment to get for filtration and softening. Your sen safe water test kit seems the most appropriate, but I do not see tests...... [more details here.]
08/30/2017: Iron in Spring/Well Water… Causing Problems for a Swimming Pool -- We recently heard from 'Lia' who asked, "
Hi, we are aware that our spring water develops ferric iron upon contact with the oxygen in the air although we do need a kit to make another general test. The problem is getting it out as it only dev...... [more details here.]
08/30/2017: Testing Water for Manganese -- Earlier today we received an email from 'Jeanette' who asked,
I was wondering how credible and accurate your Manganese test strips were. If you have any recommendations to measure Manganese that are more accurate, I'd like to hear them. Tha...... [more details here.]
08/29/2017: Temporary Change in Water Treatment Method --
Earlier today 'Juline803' asked, "The local paper today said my water company is temporarily changing the water treatment method from chloramines to free chlorine and that we should not worry if our water smells like chlorine. How much chlorine is too much and what is the difference between chloramines and free chlorine? Why the change in treatment types? Is there a problem they're not telling us?"
Thank you, Juline, for the inquiry. We will begin our response by saying that the change in water treatment methods does not mean your water treatment company has made the decision because they have something to hide. Water plants that use chloramines as the primary disinfection method routinely must perform a free-chlorine conversion (also known as a 'burn') as an added level of disinfection.
Municipalities will typically also flush water lines to clear them of any sediment that may have accumulated since the last flushing and force water in low use or low pressure areas out of the system.
How much chlorine is too much chlorine?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has set the maximum allowable limit for both free and total chlorine at 4ppm. You can use a product such as the
WaterWorks 2 Free & Total Chlorine Test Strip to quickly and easily determine how much free chlorine and total chlorine your water contains.
What is the difference between free chlorine and total chlorine?
Simply put, the total chlorine concentration in a water sample includes all available free chlorine plus all the chlorine that has already oxidized (acted on) contaminants in the water and become combined chlorine (often referred to as chloramines and/or monochloramines).
Free (available) chlorine refers to the concentration of chlorine molecules residing a water sample that have not, yet, oxidized contaminants.
(Total Chlorine) – (Free Chlorine) = Combined Chlorine
For pool water you can use a test strip like the Pool Check 6-Way to determine the free and total chlorine concentrations of a sample.
For drinking water you can use test strips like SenSafe Free Chlorine Water Check to determine the free chlorine concentration of a water sample and SenSafe Total Chlorine Water Check to determine the total chlorine concentration of a water sample.
OR, for an even easier test procedure, you can use the WaterWorks 2 Free & Total Chlorine Test Strip which tests for both free and total chlorine at the same time.
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08/29/2017: Filter to Remove PFOA’s --
With all the news stories out there regarding PFOA's and related compounds turning up in drinking water all over the country we knew it would not take long for the following question: 'DanD' wrote,
"Water in our town has pfoas in according to a local news station's report. What kind of filter removes PFOA's?"
At this time we carry an undercounter water filter from Propur™- the
FS10 UnderCounter Water Filter - that has successfully tested to the NSF Perfluorinated Organic Acids reduction test for spiked water.
How Well Does the Propur™ FS10 Perform?
Read the independent laboratory test results for removal/reduction of...
Additional Information About the Propur™ FS10
Why You Should Choose the Propur™ FS10
The FS10 FULL SPECTRUM™ filter is specifically designed for unsurpassed performance and maximum contaminant reduction. Independent lab reports (links to reports are listed above) show the ProMax™ FULL SPECTRUM™ reduces/removes a broad range of over 220 contaminants including VOC’s, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, SVC’s, disinfectants, inorganic non-metallics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, PFOA, PFOS and micro-organisms.
FS10 FULL SPECTRUM™ filter also contains Catalytic GAC (granular activated carbon) with enhanced carbon media to help improve your water's taste and odor.
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