Water test, is it necessary?

Water Test- Assets Home Inspection, LLC

Many clients ask, “Why should we do a water test?”

A water test is a very important part of a home inspection. If the property you are considering has a private well the it is highly recommended. It is especially important if you are purchasing a home that has not been occupied for a while. When a well has been idle for a period of time bacteria can build up and make the water unfit for human consumption. However, even homes that are lived in can have issues with well water. 

We recommend all homes with well water systems have a complete water analysis. A complete water analysis usually takes about 2-3 days to complete but will give you peace of mind when purchasing a home. 

What does the basic water analysis include?

The water test checks for the following:

  • Coli-form bacteria
  • Water color
  • Odor
  • Turbidity
  • Sulfates
  • Nitrate nitrogen
  • pH
  • Chloride
  • Sodium
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Calcium and magnesium salts

There are additional water tests available such as lead test, Arsenic and Uranium and Radon in water.  These tests are not part of the basic water analysis but are available for additional fee. 

Our report from the laboratory will provide a detailed analysis along with an interpretive guide. 

We feel that this is an important part of a complete home inspection. Although optional in most cases, (unless required by your lender) we recommend this test for all our customers who are purchasing homes with individual wells. A water analysis is especially important if the home you are purchasing has been vacant for an extended period of time.  Bacteria can grow in the well and make the water unsuitable for consumption. It is better to know that the well water tests are at acceptable levels than to find out later that the well has a problem.

If you have any questions regarding water testing call or contact us for a free quote today.