February 28, 2013 : How to test drinking water pH levels

How to test drinking water pH levels

People have grown more concerned about where their water is coming from and whether or not it is safe to consume over the last few decades, and with good reason. If your drinking water at home is derived from surface water that has been filtered, it could have been exposed to storm water runoff, pesticide runoff, industrial waste, and a variety of other contaminants. If your water comes from groundwater, such as a private well or public water supply, it is generally considered safer. However, groundwater is not exposed to sunlight, aeration, or other micro-organisms, it can be contaminated by pathogens, households products that have been disposed of carelessly, agricultural compounds, and a host of other contaminants. For these reasons, it is important to occasionally test your drinking water at home.

Prior to testing the water pH levels in your home, it is highly recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency that you contact your water supplier and ask for a copy of your annual water quality report. After you have done this, you should purchase several ph testing strips.

Once you have acquired the proper water pH test strips, you will need to fill a container with cold or warm water, make sure that the water is not hot though. Proceed to dip the strip from the kit into the water. Keep it submerged for the length of time recommended in the instructions from the kit you purchased, wave it back and forth in the water slightly if the instructions indicate to do this.

Next, remove the strip from the water, shaking off the excess water. Wait for the amount of time recommended on the specific water test strip package you have bought (typically around 20 seconds.) While you wait, refer to the color chart included in the package. Once time is up, refer to the color chart to see where your pH levels are at. Repeat this test as necessary for copper, formaldehyde, and any other substances you may want to test your water for. 

November 28, 2012 : How to Use a pH Test Strip

How to Use a pH Test Strip

Knowing the proper pH level of a liquid can be critical to many fields, from public facilities such as pools and water parks, to private facilities, such as home breweries and aquarium enthusiasts. Knowing that you have the proper pH level can make all the difference in the world. Since a person can’t tell what a pH level is just by looking at a liquid, one of the best ways to test pH levels is to use a pH strip. In order to use a pH strip, take the following steps.

  • Remove the strip from its original packaging.
  • Submerge the reaction zone of the strip into the solution for 3-5 seconds or until color change ceases.
  • Continue the process by extracting the strip from the liquid being tested; be sure to wipe the strip along the edge of the unit in which the liquid is being held in order to remove excess liquid from the pH strip.
  • At this point, once the pH test strip has completed its color transformation, you will need to refer back to the packaging that your pH test strips came with in order to find out what the color of the strip corresponds to on the pH scale. The scale goes from 0 – 14, with 0 having the highest amount of acidic properties and 14 having the most base properties.

That’s all there is to it, remember that no matter what you need pH strips to test, Test Kit Central has a wide variety of options available to help you.