Water Hardness Test Strips
How often should I test? The recommended frequency of testing will vary based on your use for the strips. If you are using it for a pool, we recommend testing 2-3 times per week. Applications such as water softeners, washing machines, and drinking water should be done on a weekly basis to assure your water remains at optimal hardness levels.
Learn more about Water Hardness:
A great resource provided by the USGS regarding hardness of water which includes graphs, recommended ranges, and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
No; calcium and magnesium are natural minerals that pose no known health issues.
It is likely that the water you are testing is very low in minerals. The pad is green before being used, and may shift only slightly. Be sure to view the strip under natural light.
The expiration date is labelled on the box. Although, we recommend using the test strips within a year of receiving the strips. Once the test strips are opened, they should be used within 6 months.
No; these test strips can only be used one. One strip = one test.
Yes; the test strips will show if your water softener is working. You can also use the test strips to determine how often to set the regeneration cycle
The separate pouches are designed to extend the shelf life of the product. This allows part of the test strips to be safe from sun damage and exposure to water. Use the strips in the bottle first, and once used up, empty the pouch (sealed strips) into the bottle.
Yes; hardness minerals (calcium and magnesium) can lead to hair and skin feeling dry and brittle. People with sensitive skin, especially acne, should refrain from using hard water to bathe. Hard water can also interfere with skin and hair products.
Hard water can cause a build up of minerals in your pipes and faucet heads. This can lead to decreased water pressure, higher water bills, and a shorter lifespan for your appliances. Aesthetic problems such as grime are also common with hard water.
Yes, as long as the test strips are used within 6 months of opening the container. The test pads may vary in color.
Testing strips are faster and simpler than liquid testing kits, with accuracy as good or better. There are less chances to make mistakes when using test strips than there are with liquid testing kits.
Although, there are limitations to everything. We recommend frequent testing to verify your results.
Proper storage and care when using these test strips are the best way to keep them accurate. There are a few ways to do this.
1. Seal the cap tightly after removing a strip - This keeps moisture out of the bottle which can decrease the strips lifetime.
2. Do not use wet hands when removing a strip - These test strips will react to any water they are exposed to. Exposing the strips to water will deem them invalid for testing.
3. Compare results in natural daylight - Artificial light can make color matching difficult. Aim to compare your results in nature's light!
4. Practice proper storage of the test strips - We recommend storing your test strips indoor. This prevents direct exposure to sunlight, high temperatures, and increased humidity. These simple steps can make all the difference when it comes to accuracy!
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