Are you interested in buying a home with well water? Did you recently move into a home with well water?
While you probably have some questions – and maybe even some concerns – there’s nothing to worry about. Even if you find that there’s something wrong with your well or the quality of the water, there are steps you can take to make things right.
The first thing you should do is test the well. You shouldn’t purchase a home before you do this, as a professional inspection could turn up a variety of issues (some minor, some major).
There are a variety of tests that can be conducted to test both water safety and purity. For example, a water sample can be taken from any tap in your home and sent away for testing. If everything checks out, you can be confident that the water in the home is safe to use.
What About Well Quantity?
Depending on where you live, there may be regulations regarding how much water the well can produce per minute, such as three to five gallons.
Not only should you test how much water the well can produce, but the flow rate is also critical. Remember, just because a well is producing clean and safe water doesn’t mean it will meet all your needs as a homeowner.
What’s the Age of the Well?
Even though the average well provides service for 30 to 50 years, this doesn’t always hold true. Some wells can fail well before this, while others remain effective for more than 50 years.
If you’re buying or own a home with a well, find out how old it is. If it’s older than 15 years, there’s a strong likelihood that something could go wrong in the near future. For example, well pumps typically need replaced every 10 to 15 years.
Owning a home with well water is different than one serviced by public water, but once you have a better understanding of the set-up you’ll feel confident in your ability to maintain your system.