When buying a home with a municipal water source, you won’t have many concerns about the health, safety, or quality of your water.
Conversely, buying a house with well water brings a variety of questions to the forefront, as you’re staffed with the responsibility of maintaining your water source.
Things to Do When Buying a House with Well Water
Although it may be different than what you’re used to, there are steps you can take to put your mind at ease when buying a house with well water.
1. Research Common Problems
Depending on where you’re moving, there may be common and well-known water problems in the area. In addition to the EPA website, talk to residents in the area who rely on well water. This will give you a clear idea of potential problems, thus allowing you to avoid or proactively address them.
2. Review Well Water Regulations
There are well water policies and regulations for private well water owners to help with everything from testing to maintenance to reporting issues.
Note: here’s a copy of Michigan’s water well manual.
3. Get the Water Tested
Don’t assume that the well water is safe and of high quality. Before buying the home, get the water tested by a trusted and knowledgeable professional with local experience.
An experienced professional can conduct an in-home water test for a variety of contaminants. Furthermore, if desired, they can run a full lab analysis to provide a clear overview of the quality of the water.
If the testing turns up an issue, learn more about the cause and potential solutions. Doing so before you buy puts you in position to pass off the financial responsibility to the current homeowner.
Buying a house with well water doesn’t have to be nearly as scary as it sounds. When you take the steps above, it’s much easier to proceed with confidence.
Furthermore, if you run into any issues with water quality, you can contact us to learn more about the many types of water systems that can help.