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KAR LABORATORIES INC Environmental Testing Services

60 Years of Exceptional Quality and Service

Advanced lab equipment

Top chemists operating state-of-the-art instrumentation

KAR staff & facilities



SPE extraction EPA 525.2, 508
Wet chemistry and anion cation analysis
Welcome to KAR Laboratories. With a combined 265 years of analytical chemistry experience, we are experts in environmental testing, sampling, and monitoring of water, wastewater, soil, wastes, and air using EPA, NPDES, SDWA, ASTM, and RCRA test methods. While most of our efforts are assisting commercial, industrial, and municipal clients, we consider it our duty to help private citizens and homeowners, offering 4 value-oriented drinking water test kits with previously unheard of contaminant coverage and fast service. We specialize in industrial surveillance, process troubleshooting and help solve industrial problems. Our laboratory has the equipment and staff to deliver the superior quality and service you expect, without delay and without excuses or compromises. Better solutions through better chemistry.
The best drinking water test kit

Drinking Water Test Kits
* Up to 385 tests

* Fast as 2 days
* From $49.95

Is your water safe? The USEPA recommends regular testing of your drinking water by a certified laboratory. We have the sophisticated laboratory equipment and trained professionals for the job. You can trust our experienced professional chemists, having reported the results for over 220,000 individual tests in less than 4 years for just these kits alone.  We'll test Bacteria, Ions, Nutrient, Minerals, Metals, and Heavy Metals and more for an unheard of price and do it FAST. There is no longer any reason to settle for anything less than professional laboratory testing services combined with the convenience of a prepackaged, fast, affordable, and easy to use kit. Visit our online store to order a single water test kit or go big with multiple kits for huge savings!


Hop testing service

Hop Testing

With the recent explosion of microbreweries in Michigan and across the land, we have reported results for over 6000 hop tests in the last 3 years. We test Alpha & Beta acids, Cohumulone, and Colupulone using High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) which provides superior accuracy. We also test for Alpha & Beta acids plus Hop Storage Index using Diode Array UV Spectophotometer and Essential Oil testing by steam distillation and Gas Chromatography profiling. Included at no charge with every test is a moisture (Dry Matter) test. We are a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and use ASBC test methods.  Our subscription to monthly blind QC samples is just one of the many ways we ensure our results are correct. The turnaround time during harvest season is next business day.


beer and brewing water laboratory testing service

Analysis of Water used for Brewing Beer

 Brewers need to control Carbonate, Bicarbonate, Total alkalinity, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride and Sulfate.  While we're at it, might as well test for minerals, ions, corrosivity, salinity and nutrients.  Why stop there?  Better check for contaminants like bacteria, metals, toxic heavy metals, nitrate, nitrite, fluoride, bromide, etc.  This is the perfect and most comprehensive brewing water test kit for home brewers and the professional brewers alike.  Plus, it's fast.  Expect your lab report in 2 days.


Chlorinated paraffins test

Chlorinated Paraffins

Here's another test that our laboratory developed arising from the needs of our clients. Like the EDTA test below, we may well be the only laboratory in the country to offer this unique service for environmental samples (water, wastewater, soil, wastes, etc.), as the published literature tends to focus on toxicity in animals. By calibrating the GC-MS in three ranges of C10-C13, C14-C17, and C17-C30, our test method allows a very wide range of compounds to be detected and quantified.


EDTA analysis in water, soils, and wastes by HPLC


Abbreviated for obvious reasons, Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid is an important compound of massive worldwide use. The very property that makes EDTA commercially valuable - its ability to bind with metals - also causes it to dramatically enhance the mobilization of heavy metals in groundwater.  Wastes containing EDTA  expedite the migration of toxic heavy metal contaminants into the groundwater aquifer at an alarming rate. EDTA testing is a critical component in determining the path of heavy metal  contaminants.  If your operation used EDTA, you should take a careful look at the ultimate fate of your waste stream.  Our laboratory has developed an analytical method for measuring EDTA in water, groundwater, soil, and waste that's unavailable elsewhere.


 State of the art equipment
  • ICP-MS (2) Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometers
  • ICP-AES (2) Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometers
  • GC-MS (5) Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometers
  • GC (5) Gas Chromatographs with FID, ECD, NPD detectors
  • HPLC (2) High Performance Liquid Chromatographs with UV/VIS,  ECD, Fluorescence, and RI detectors
  • TOC (2) Total Organic Carbon Analyzers
  • IC Ion Chromatograph, chemically suppressed
  • AFS (2) Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • CFI Continuous Flow Analyzer (Multi-channel)
  • SFA Segmented Flow Analyzer (Discrete)
  • FIA Flow Injection Analyzer
  • Available Cyanide by Flow Injection, Ligand Exchange, and Amperometry
  • CVA Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with Reduction Vaporization
  • FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • UV/VIS Diode Array Scanning Spectrophotometer
  • ASE Accelerated Solvent Extraction System (pressurized fluid extraction)
  • CLL (6) Continuous (Automated) Liquid-Liquid Extraction
  • SPE (3) Automated Solid Phase Extraction
  • P&T (3) Purge & Trap (Dynamic) and Static headspace Analysis
  • PTV (2) Programmed Temperature Vaporization sample introduction

 U.S. EPA Certified for

  • Microbiology Full Certification
  • E.coli Bacteria
  • Enumeration of E.coli
  • Heterotrophic Plate Count
  • Organic Chemistry Full Certification
  • Total Trihalomethanes
  • Regulated and Unregulated Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • Regulated and Unregulated Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • Regulated and Unregulated Inorganic Chemicals
  • 2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
  • 2,4-D
  • Alachlor
  • Aldrin
  • Atrazine
  • Benzo(a)pyrene
  • Butachlor
  • Butylbenzylphthalate
  • Chlordane
  • Dalapon
  • DBCP Dibromochloropropane
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl)adipate
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
  • Dicamba
  • Dieldrin
  • Dinoseb
  • EDB Ethylene dibromide
  • Endrin
  • Heptachlor
  • Heptachlor Epoxide
  • Hexachlorobenzene
  • Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
  • Lindane
  • Methoxychlor
  • Metolachlor
  • Metribuzin
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Picloram
  • Propachlor
  • Regulated VOCs
  • Simazine
  • Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Toxaphene
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) screening
  • Unregulated VOCs
  • Inorganic Chemistry Full Certification
  • Bromide
  • Cyanide
  • Fluoride
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Sulfate
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Thallium
  • Total Organic Carbon

KAR Laboratories, Inc.

4425 Manchester Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

(269) 381-9666 M-F 8-5 EST