Water Testing Kits UK for private and business use
IVARIO offers fast laboratory water testing of your drinking water with easy to use water test kits
Did you know the water company’s responsibility ends at your property’s external stop tap in the UK? This means you are responsible for the supply pipes that lead into your home. And it is not uncommon for harmful substances like lead, copper and nickel to leak into your drinking water through your pipes or the galvanised fittings of your taps. Drinking these toxins can lead to serious diseases that can go unnoticed for long periods. This is why experts recommend you have the quality of your tap water in the UK regularly tested, whether you have just moved into a new home, have a new baby in the house, or simply because you take the health and safety of your family seriously.
50 Analytes Tested
A comprehensive analysis of the quality of your drinking water, testing for numerous metals, minerals and nitrogen compounds. Recommended for allergy sufferers and landlords, companies, medical practices and other facilities that provide drinking water.
Laboratory Water Testing Kits of IVARIO
IVARIO offers a variety of quality water testing kits to suit your every need. Each water testing kit contains simple instructions on collecting your sample and includes free return postage from anywhere in the UK to our independent laboratory.
Whatever your reason, IVARIO will analyse your water in an independent laboratory and provide detailed results quickly and inexpensively, clarifying any potential health threats and to what extent.
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Examines your drinking water for residues of pharmaceutical contamination that could be a danger to your health. Your test kit includes free testing of certain pesticides, X-ray contrast agents and artificial sweeteners. Recommended for anyone whose health is their priority.
How accurate are water testing kits?
When it comes to water testing, we differentiate two possibilities of water testing. We may ensure that a laboratory water testing kit provides the most accurate results. Following the instructions carefully and handling the samples properly is always recommended to get the best results. But if correctly used, and that is way easy to do, a lab test will be accurate.
Although water testing strips can give us an approximate indication of the water quality, we understand that they may not be as precise as professional laboratory testing. Suppose you require highly accurate results or have specific concerns. In that case, we recommend getting your water tested at a certified laboratory, like IVARIO Lab. IVARIO provides top-notch scientific services and pairs them with exceptional customer service.
We assure that water testing at IVARIO is easy
How Water Testing works
Collect your sample following our easy instructions. No experience necessary.
Return your sample free of charge to our accredited laboratories.
After just a few days, view your detailed results online with expert advice and support.
Drinking water quality in the UK – the supplier’s responsibility ends at the house connection
Your water pipes and the tap fitting could potentially be leaking harmful substances into your water. Testing the quality of your tap water - and whether it is contaminated - is therefore necessary.
Drinking water in the UK is among the best in the world. With millions of tests conducted annually, the quality of British drinking is of the highest standard. Tap water is also the most regulated drink in the UK. In accordance with the UK’s drinking water regulations, local water suppliers are obliged to provide tap water that is safe to drink and sometimes test the water several times daily.
However, many consumers aren’t aware that in the UK, drinking water supply monitoring ends at the supply pipes to our houses or the consumer’s water meter. And it’s possible for contaminants to enter your water supply once on your property from environmental factors, water pipes, or tap fittings.
Toxic heavy metals, such as lead or copper, pathogenic germs or dangerous Legionella can all cause serious illnesses that are often not detected or are treated incorrectly for a long time.
Test the quality of your tap water regularly
Only a water analysis will bring certainty about the state of your drinking water. Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord, it is important to test your water, to not only meet the strict water regulations laid out by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) but also for the health and well-being of your family.
IVARIO offers you the opportunity to have your tap water tested quickly, easily and for a reasonable price. With IVARIO, you can be sure of the quality of your tap water and drinking water wherever you are in the UK within a short period of time. Simply order the relevant water test kit best suited to your needs, take a sample using the easy instructions and return the sample using our free return postage. Your sample will then be analysed in an independent laboratory in Germany, and the detailed results posted online a few days later.
Simple. Fast. Reliable. Because your health and safety are our top priority.
Water Test - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it safe to drink tap water?
WHEN IS TAP WATER TESTING WORTH DOING?
How often should I test my tap water?
How can I test my tap water for pollution?
What types of contaminants can be detected in water tests?
How long does the water analysis take at IVARIO?
WHAT’S IN MY Water Testing Kit?
1. Sample bags and containers 2. Illustrated instructions for carrying out the test 3. Delivery note with access code
Please note that some tests may have deviations, such as the premium water analysis. These are explained in more detail in the instructions for the respective tests.
HOW TO SAMPLE THE WATER for the Water Test?
HOW IS MY WATER TESTED AT IVARIO LAB?
HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
How do I interpret my water test results?
What should I do if my water test results indicate contamination?
How can we support you?
Starting the process of testing your water can be overwhelming. We're here to guide you through the water testing process for peace of mind. Our website offers resources to help you make informed decisions. If our FAQ answers your questions differently, please message us via the IVARIO support area.
Legionella testing - have your water analysed for legionella
Legionella water test kit: monitor your water, protect yourself and your home
Most rental properties are required by law to perform legionella testing. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) stipulates that landlords and property owners must carry out a legionella risk assessment. However, there are no set regulations for the testing frequency, and the law only applies to some cases, so whether or not this testing takes place is not always known. For this reason, many consumers choose to test their tap water for legionella. To do this, you'll receive a test kit which contains everything you need to take the sample.
Your legionella water testing takes place in an accredited testing laboratory. The precise test scores then reveal if there are contaminants in your tap water. Your personal IVARIO experts are at hand if you need further help and assistance. We are happy to discuss the results of your legionella testing with you, free of charge. Suppose you would like to avoid the risk of legionella contamination in your household. In that case, we recommend water testing because the health effects can be severe and are mostly not traced back to legionella.
Click here to see the Water Test Kit Legionella.
Well water testing - analyse freshwater quick and easy
Well water analysis for private wells, groundwater and freshwater
IVARIO also provides well water testing for your private well. The Well Water Test Kit PLUS is especially popular with our customers. With our test kit, you can quickly and inexpensively test your well water for various substances, e.g. iron, manganese, ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, and bacteria like E-coli and other germs, and measure electrical conductivity and other values. Our range of kits covers all the parameters set out by the water regulations. If you own a well and would like to have the water tested, click here for an overview of our well water analysis kits. The Well Water PLUS includes a chemical and microbiological analysis, examining water for enterococci & coliform bacteria.
You can take the water sample using the test kit which we post to you. After taking the sample, send it off using the return kit provided. The Water analysis, which includes bacterial or microbiological components, is sent in a cool box and collected by a UPS courier. This is to guarantee that it is still cold when the sample arrives at the laboratory, which is essential for an accurate colony count. Find out more about well water testing. You can also read interesting articles about well water in the IVARIO drinking water magazine. See all Well Water Tests.
Water test kit for babies and infants
Is tap water drinking safe during pregnancy and for babies and infants?
Have the tap water you use for baby formula tested and protect both mother and child. Babies and young children react more sensitively to water contaminated with heavy metals. House pipes and taps can significantly impact the drinking water and harm your baby's health. Therefore, it is advisable to have your tap water tested, preferably as early as pregnancy. We recommend to test your water with the Water Test Kit Plus.
Why is water testing so important?
The water supplied by UK water companies is closely monitored, from extraction through to treatment and finally, supply, so clean water should be guaranteed. Nevertheless, hidden dangers are lurking in your home.
In 99% of cases, contamination originates in the home drinking water supply and remains unnoticed. To provide safety and protect infants and young children, IVARIO offers home water testing kits that private consumers and other institutions like nurseries and medical practices can use.
The presence of heavy metals and bacteria in drinking water can be hazardous for young children and infants. However, even healthy consumers can suffer from the consequences of contamination in the long run. Long-term health effects may occur if the values exceed those prescribed in the drinking water regulations. Water testing helps you identify problems related to your water quality and avoid potential health problems.
Water testing costs: laboratory water testing doesn't have to break the bank.
Many people shy away from tap water testing in a laboratory because they assume the costs will be huge. Because health should be a priority and everyone should have the option to carry out water testing, we have decided to keep the costs as low as possible for consumers without sacrificing quality or customer service. Please get to know us and, more importantly, your drinking water!
Carry out water testing yourself - fast and easy!
IVARIO's simple water test kits make analysing your water fast and inexpensive.
The process is incredibly straightforward:
Your water samples are only examined using cutting-edge technology in accredited water testing laboratories of the GBA Group. Order the water test kit of your choice and take the sample at home with the help of step-by-step instructions (it's this easy). After the lab has received your water probe, testing should take between five and ten days, depending on the test specialisation. If you need it fast, we offer express analysis, which will be analysed in three days. You receive your test results online or upon request in the post.
Testing for Lead in Water: The Duty of Landlords
and Property Owners?
UK water companies almost always supply excellent water. There is, however, a clear "but". The duty they have to monitor drinking water ends at the property boundary. As soon as the tap water makes its way into home plumbing systems, the responsibility for the cleanliness of the water is passed onto the property owner.
What are the critical facts about lead in drinking water?
- Old water pipes made of lead can cause lead to seep into the water supply.
- Exposure to lead in drinking water can lead to serious health problems, particularly in children and pregnant women.
- Lead pipes were commonly used in homes built before the 1970s, but even newer homes may have lead service lines or plumbing fixtures that contain lead.
- Suppose you suspect that your home has lead pipes. In that case, it is essential to have your water tested by a certified laboratory to determine if your drinking water contains dangerous lead levels.
- If high levels of lead are detected in your drinking water, it is vital to replace any lead pipes or fixtures in your home and consider installing a point-of-use water filtration system.
Water testing is essential because the quality of the water may be under threat, especially during the last stage when water travels into the home water supply. Lead pipes are a common culprit, but nickel, nitrate, and other substances should be tested for too. Landlords frequently need to fulfil their obligation to carry out checks. We recommend having your water tested once in a while by yourself if the landlord is unwilling to pay for the tests.
IVARIO is an established company based in Hamburg, Germany, whose mission is to address questions about healthy living spaces simply and for a reasonable price.
As a subsidiary of the renowned GBA lab group, we are part of one of the largest European networks of professional lab services focusing on life sciences. We bring this expertise to our customers' homes in easy-to-use products. Our customers receive high-quality lab analyses of their water tests, asbestos samples or mould tests in the shortest possible time. Thanks to the IVARIO test kits, anyone can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively detect hazards and risks in their environment professionally - without a degree in chemistry.
- Easy-to-use test kits.
- No experience is required.
- Free return packaging on all testing kits.
- Fast and professional analysis by specialists in an independent laboratory.
- Detailed results are displayed conveniently online.
- Expert advice, recommendations and pre-and-post-analysis support.
Tap water analysis in a specialist laboratory, including advice and recommendations for action.
More than 150,000 happy customers have put their health and the health of others first.
Free shipping within 24 hours of your water testing kit to anywhere in the UK. Free return postage is included. Fast results.