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This article explains the general classes of water contaminants covered in a comprehensive water test. This website describes the types of water testing available, outlines common water test fees, describes the details of what parameters are included in various water test options, and gives advice to assist you in deciding what tests to order.

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Comprehensive Water Test Detailed Parameter List

Dripping water at a faucet (C) Daniel FriedmanComprehensive water testing covering the groups listed below may be appropriate when purchasing a new property, when local environmental conditions are unknown but suspect, or when building occupants have unusual health vulnerability or compromised immune systems.

This article lists the specific parameters of comprehensive water testing that one would consider when attempting to perform comprehensive water testing for a broad range of contaminants.

We advise also that you speak with the local health department and neighbors to ask if there are any known specific issues or contaminants nearby, as we have by this means discovered very unusual local water contaminants which otherwise no one would have thought to test.

Be sure to review actual parameters with your home inspector or laboratory: parameters and costs vary.

 

 

List of Parameters in a

Comprehensive Water Test for Contamination

Water

Analysis

   
   

Total Coliform

Organics

Fecal/E. Coli

Benzene

Calcium

Bromobenzene

Copper

Bromochloromethane

Iron

Bromodichloromethane

Magnesium

Bromoform

Manganese

Bromomethane

Potassium

n-Butylbenzene

Sodium

sec-Butylbenzene

Alkalinity

tert-Butylbenzene

Chloride

Carbon-Tetrachloride

Chlorine

Chlorodibromomethane

Color

Chloroethane

Conductivity

Chloroform

Hardness

Chloromethane

Nitrate

o-Chlorotoluene

Odor

p-Chlorotoluene

pH

1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane

Sediment

Dibromomethane

Total Dissolved Solids

1,2-Dibromoethane

Sulfate

m-Dichlorobenzene

Turbidity

o-Dichlorobenzene

Lead

para-Dichlorobenzene

Arsenic

Dichloromethane

Ammonia

Dichlorodifluoromethane

Nitrite

1,1-Dichloroethane

Radon

1,2-Dichloroethane

 

1,1-Dichloroethylene

 

cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene

 

trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene

 

1,2-Dichloropropane

 

1,3-Dichloropropane

 

2,2-Dichloropropane

 

1,1-Dichloropropene

 

1,3-Dichloropropene

 

trans-1,3-Dichloropropene

 

Ethylbenzene

 

Fluorotrichloromethane

 

Hexachlorobutadiene

 

Isopropylbenzene

 

p-Isopropyltoluene

 

Monochlorobenzene

 

Napthalene

 

n-Propylbenzene

 

Styrene

 

1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane

 

1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane

 

Tetrachloroethylene

 

Toluene

 

1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene

 

1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene

 

1,1,1-Trichloroethane

 

1,1,2-Trichloroethane

 

Trichloroethylene

 

1,2,3-Trichloropropane

 

1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene

 

1,2,5-Trimethylbenzene

 

Vinyl Chloride

 

o-Xylene

 

m-Xylene

 

p-Xylene

Readers may want to see our longer article WATER TESTING ADVICE for home buyers and building owners: water contaminants, water test procedures, well shock procedures, preventing drinking water contamination, and CHEATING ON WATER TESTS in that document.

Readers should be sure to also review Water Testing: Comprehensive Water Testing - General Classes of Water Contaminants - for Thorough Water Testing. Be sure to review actual parameters with your home inspector or laboratory: parameters and costs vary.

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