First Alert Water Test Kit | Easy & Top RatedBy John Davis - January 16, 2015
Improving the quality of your drinking water is everyone’s responsibility, especially if you have a family with kids, or are getting older in age. Young children and the elderly are most at risk for chemicals and bacteria’s that can cause immune system breakdowns. In any case I would always recommend testing your water to give you the peace of mind of knowing what’s in your water and so you can take appropriate measures if necessary.
Testing your water doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, in fact, it’s very affordable and easy. To accomplish this I highly recommend this water test kit from First Alert. Why? It has a 4 star rating on Amazon, is listed as their Best Seller, and will only cost you around $13. (Of course there are plenty of other options if you want to pick a different one)
Having used the kit myself, I can see why it’s so highly rated. The kit will allow you to test for 8 different common contaminants and has step by step instructions for each test.
Allow me to give you a quick breakdown of my experience and results.
How To Test for Bacteria In Drinking Water
First up was the bacteria test. Inside of the kit you’ll find a vial that’s sealed and has a light brownish/grey power inside. Simply unseal the vial, take off the top, turn your facet to a very slow drip, and fill the vial to the 5 ML line, which is easily visible on the vial. Next, put the top back on, screw on tightly, and shake it really well. Afterwards you’ll set the vial in a warm spot (70-90 degrees) for 48 hours.
After 48 hours you can check the vial. The color of the water is the determining factor. If the water is purple, the test is negative. If it yellow, it’s positive. And that’s it. Now you’ll know whether or not you have dangerous bacteria in your drinking water.
How To Test For Lead and Pesticides
Testing for pesticides and lead with the First Alert kit is pretty much just as easy. For some reason the components for this test are stored in a separate foil bag. Once you open the bag you’ll find two thin test strips, a plastic vial, and a dropper.
Use the dropper to place exactly two drops of water into the vial, place both strips in the vial with the arrows point down, and let sit for 10 minutes on a flat surface. Once the time is up you can remove the strips and check the readings. If the line closest to the 1 is the darker, then your test is negative, if the line closest to the 2 is darker, or if they are the same, your test is positive. If there’s no lines at all then something went wrong and the test failed. That’s it.
As you can see from the picture above, both of my test passed.
How To Test For Nitrite, Nitrite, pH, and Chlorine
The final two test included with the kit are the Nitrite / Nitrate and the pH, chlorine tests. I’ll explain these test at the same time since they are almost exactly the same, not only that, but they are the easiest tests to administer.
For Nitrite / Nitrate just dip the padded end of the strip into water for 2 seconds. Wait 1 minute and match the colors to the included chart. The pads are in order with Nitrate the first pad and Nitrite the second.
The pH, hardness, and chlorine test is pretty much the same except you remove the strip from the water immediately and then hold it level for 15 seconds before matching to the chart. One again the pads are in order.
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