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Test your drinking water for the presence of iron-related bacteria with this at-home self-testing kit. Iron-related bacteria is a common cause of metallic tasting water, yellow or brown colored water, black buildup on fixtures and plumbing. It can also be a useful added for those with corroded pipes. Iron-related bacteria are not typically harmful and very common, but can lead to an array of nuisance and aesthetic (taste, color, odor) issues.
Important: This at-home test kit should be ordered as an addition to a laboratory test package (i.e. Core Kit: Essential, Advanced, or Extended package). Results from lab testing are often very important towards making sense of self-testing kit results.
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How it works
1. Collect Sample
We ship you everything you need to test your drinking water, including a guide on how to collect your sample.
2. Ship to Lab
Send your sample back to us for rigorous, certified, independent testing. The shipping’s on us!
3. Get Report
After our labs analyze your sample, we’ll send you a full report on what's in your water and what to do next.
After our certified labs receive and test your water sample, we will email your custom Tap Score Report, a simple digital tool that helps you understand exactly what’s in your water and what you can do about it.
"It was easy and gave us a lot of good details. We learned that we do not have arsenic in our well water. We also learned our water is super hard and the report actually said "do not water your plants with this water, it will kill them" I just thought I sucked at growing plants, it's nice to know its not me, it's the hard water."
"This test is worth it. It is the same price or cheaper than any lab I've seen, but you just mail it in. The results were were extremely detailed and the online interface is very user-friendly and easy to understand."
Simple interface and useful information make this a good value. I live in a 1956 airspace condo with good pipes but bad maintenance, so for everyone’s peace of mind I went ahead and got this done (and also previously ran basic asbestos tests on the plasterboard and ceiling popcorn. We’re all good here!
— C. FISHER
The testing done is superior to what we had done by a local company. This makes it an excellent value for those of us that are on our own wells. If you want a water test that is outstanding check these folks out.
— TOM G.
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Which test is right for me?
When in doubt, start with a Core Kit to analyze multiple contaminants with a single test. If you have more specific motivations for testing, try our Customize My Kit feature to match your needs to the right test(s).
What's the turnaround time?
Most people receive results within 3-5 business days after the lab receives their sample. However, some tests may require additional analytical time so be sure to check each kit’s product page for the most accurate estimate.
What will my report include?
Your report will rank your water against local and federal safety benchmarks, provide a thorough breakdown of any contaminants detected and how they may be affecting your health or plumbing, and provide non-biased treatment recommendations.
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