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Discover the Best Way to Test and Treat Hard Water

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Welcome to U.S. Water, your trusted partner in ensuring the quality and safety of your water supply. Hard water can have adverse effects on your plumbing, appliances, and even your health. Understanding whether you have hard water is the first step towards ensuring the best performance of your water system. In this article, we’ll explore various well water tests and  options.

Why Test for Hard Water?

Hard water contains high levels of minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium ions, that dissolve in the water. Minerals can build up in pipes and appliances, making soaps less effective and leaving spots on dishes and fixtures. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to hard water may lead to skin irritation and dryness.

Common Tests for Hard Water

Your choice of test technique can affect the accuracy of your results. The right type of test will ensure that you have the right “prescription” for treatment and that no hidden contaminants remain. Here are some common methods:

    • Hard Water Test Strips: Although popular, test strips may not always provide accurate results. U.S. Water does not rely on test strips for a diagnostic test because of their potential for inaccuracies. However, they can be a convenient tool for a monitoring chemistry change.
    • A Water Hardness Meter: Measures minerals in water and provides a number indicating water hardness. The tool determines the level of minerals present in the water. The number displayed indicates the hardness of the water.
    • Water Softener Test Kit: Used to test if water softeners are working properly by checking softened water quality. 
    • Digital Hard Water Tester: Digital testers offer more precise measurements of water hardness levels than powders or paper strips. They are often employed in residential settings for routine water quality checks but are not suitable for continuous monitoring or laboratory-grade analysis.
    • Electronic Water Hardness Meter: These meters use electronic sensors to detect mineral content in water, offering accurate readings.

U.S. Water’s Test for Hard Water – Mass Spectrometry

While these methods offer convenience for home testing, U.S. Water’s laboratory uses a far more comprehensive approach. First, our trained technicians collect water samples using sterile techniques to ensure accuracy. Then samples are analyzed in our state-certified laboratory using advanced mass spectrometry.
    • Mass Spectrometer: This specialized laboratory equipment ionizes molecules and separates them based on their properties. This allows scientifically accurate identification of the widest range of compounds. Additionally, this eliminates the potential for skewed because of other substances in the water. This method tests for the broadest range of contaminants. Many of these would be missed in a standard water strip test.

At U.S. Water, we understand that not all of our customers are within our geographic testing area. However, distance should never be a barrier to ensuring the safety and quality of your water supply. For customers outside our service area, we offer convenient options to test your water accurately and reliably.

Sterile Test Kits and Sampling Instructions

For customers unable to access our in-person testing services, we provide sterile water test kits tailored to your specific needs. These kits are carefully packaged to maintain sample integrity during transit and include detailed sampling instructions to ensure accurate results.

Whether you rely on well water or tap water, our test kits are designed to capture a representative sample of your water supply. Following our step-by-step instructions, you can collect a sample with confidence, knowing that your results will be reliable and informative.

Understanding Your Test Results

Our team will provide you with detailed results within 48 hours after analyzing your water sample. Once your sample has been analyzed, our team of experts is available to discuss your results and provide personalized recommendations. Whether you’re considering investing in a water softener, filtration unit, or simply seeking reassurance about your water quality, our professional staff is here to guide you every step of the way.


Don’t let hard water compromise the quality of your water supply. Trust U.S. Water to provide accurate testing and reliable solutions to address your water quality concerns. Contact us now to set up your free consultation and start enjoying clean, healthy water in your home today.

How Can I Treat Hard Water?

To address the issues associated with hard water, many people install water softeners to remove calcium and magnesium ions from the water. This process effectively “softens” the water and helps fix the problems caused by hard water. 

There are a number of different solutions for this problem. U.S. Water is proud to offer top-of-the-line water softeners at affordable prices. Systems are sized to fit your water treatment needs, so you never pay for more than what you need.

Our team of local Wisconsin water treatment experts is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We work hard to make sure that all your questions are answered, and your home or business’ water problems are solved.

Learn more about Water Softeners.

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