As a homeowner living in Florida, it’s probable that you have heard at least one of your neighbors talking about having a Tampa Bay plumber perform a “TDS” test on their water. TDS testing is the most common way to test for water quality, but few homeowners actually know what it’s all about.

TDS stands for total dissolved solids, which is the complete content of inorganic and organic materials found on a molecular, ionized or microgranular level within your water. Basically, TDS are the additional things in your water that you can’t see, including salts, minerals and even metals.

When you test for your water’s TDS, you learn how pure the water coming into your home is. It’s a quick, easy and free test for our licensed plumbers in Tampa to perform, and it can help you to determine whether you will need a water filtration or purification system for your home.

Your home’s TDS is typically measured in parts per million, meaning that there are so many parts of non-water material per million parts. When we come to your home to test your TDS, we will bring a TDS meter with us that measures the electrical conductivity of the water coming out of your tap. This will provide us with a reading for your TDS level. Water itself does not conduct electricity well, but the particulates dissolved within it do, so this simple test is a fairly accurate read of your water’s purity.

High levels of TDS should be a concern for Tampa homeowners. High TDS affects your drinking water and all of the people, animals and plants within your home that consume that water. Our water softening experts warn that it also is a major contributor to excessive scaling in pipes.

While it can be healthy to have some dissolved salts and minerals in your water, levels that are too high need to be brought down through system-wide filtration.