ARE INSPECTIONS REQUIRED?
Not by local government, but they are a standard requirement in the purchase agreements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE BACTERIA IN MY WELL WATER?
Provided it is coliform bacteria is not as a big a problem as e. coli. If the issue is not due to well construction, we can flush the water and retest. Most often the problem is solved in this way. Additional actions can involve chemical treatment, such as chlorination.
WHAT IF I HAVE NITRATES IN MY WELL?
Nitrates can be a serious public health threat, especially for those with immune deficiencies, the elderly or infants under 6 mos. If your well is contaminated the usual solution is to drill a new well in another aquifer. A filtration unit will bring nitrate levels down to undetectable measures. While it is not recommended, these units do bring homes with high nitrates into compliance with FHA requirements. NOTE: Water with high nitrates CAN be used for all other uses different than consumption (i.e. bathing, dishes, watering, etc). Nitrates are found when the fertilizers are used near the well or from land used to raise livestock, as animal waste is concentrated with nitrates. Sometimes layers of clay below grade will create a barrier to nitrates seeping into water supplies below.
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT IN YOUR WATER SAMPLES?
Coliform, E.Coli, nitrate and nitrite are standard in our well inspection. Other tests can be performed, such as lead, arsenic, formaldehyde, VOCs, and more. The cost varies by substance tested.
DO HOUSES WITH A COMMUNITY WELL STILL NEED WATER TESTING?
The health department requires the operator of wells that serve 15+ houses to test the water on a regular basis and provide a Consumer Confidence Report which can be obtained from the well owner upon request.
DO YOU RECOMMEND LEAD TESTING?
Lead is virtually non-existent in new home plumbing. RD or VA loans require a lead water test to evaluate your plumbing and. Often elevated lead results from vacant or underused systems where water has not been used in over a month. If water in the home is run for a couple hours and tested it may take care of the problem.
SHOULD I GET THE WATER TESTED FOR RADON?
Radon is not an issue in ground water but we can test your home. Speak with one of our specialists for more information.
IS PUMP CAPACITY AND WATER PRESSURE THE SAME THING?
No. Pump capacity is the amount of water the well pump can produce in one minute. You can have low water pressure, but satisfactory pump capacity. We do not quantify water pressure as it is a function of plumbing, not the well. Pump capacity is a function of the well system and is therefore evaluated when a submersible pump is not present.