I bought an old lake house with a shallow well. Water is high in iron and you can smell it. I'm debating filtering water versus digging a deeper well. I don’t know where to start, should I test the water first? If so, what test do you recommend?
As this is well water and you don’t currently have any filtration in place I’d recommend testing the water first so that we have a good understanding of the contaminant levels.
One particular kit comes to mind includes tests for Hydrogen Sulfide, Bacteria, along with many other contaminants as well. This includes Free Shipping within the continental U.S. you along with shipping back to us! A discount toward a system purchase is included as well.
Here is some additional information on this kit:
Well Water Test kit includes one test each for Coliform bacteria, and two each easy do-it-yourself tests each for alkalinity, copper, chlorine, hardness, iron, nitrate, nitrite, pH, manganese, hydrogen sulfide ("rotten-egg" odor) and total dissolved solids (i.e. salts) tester. The free TDS meter alone can be used for years to come to monitor water quality.
The test kit to the far right on that screen is the one which offers Hydrogen Sulfide & Bacteria testing.
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I hope this information helps and finds you well, should you have any questions or require additional documentation simply let me know. Thanks again for contacting us, I look forward to hearing from you.