Water Wells - Private

well water

If your prospective house is equipped with a private well, Massachusetts Home Inspections recommends that you have the bacteriological quality of the water tested before purchasing the home. I recommend that this test be performed before the close of escrow and then annually thereafter. The EPA recommends that you test your well water annually for nitrates and coliform bacteria. I do offer Water Quality testing through a State-certified laboratory and your water test results will be ready within 2 days on my labs' website.

Each water test varies as to what is being tested. The following tests can be performed: Coliform, E.Coli, Arsenic, Chloride, Copper, Fluoride, Gross Alpha, Hardness, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Ph, Nitrate, Sodium and Radon in water.

The results of your water test might show contaminants that are offensive, but not necessarily health risks. The lab will advise you about the differences between that type of contaminant and dangerous contaminants, and their possible sources. In addition to regular water tests, well water should be tested immediately if there is any change in its clarity, color, odor or taste, or if there has been a change in the surrounding land use. Through regular assessment and testing of your water supply, the microbial and chemical safety of your well water can be verified.

 

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Dave had an impressive website that seemed to be too thorough to be anything but genuine. The thing that seemed to sell me was that he says right on his website that you may pay a little more for his service, but that his quality is higher. So I decided to give him a try even though I had no reference from another person hoping for someone of top quality. I was not disappointed. He was at the home early as promised and had done an inspection of the exterior and was writing up notes so that when I arrived, he walked me through the exterior first. Even with his early arrival, we were still there for about 3 hours looking through every little corner and cubby. He would occasionally stop and fill out his inspection forms which were easy to follow and read; he gives you a full folder of his notes that are well organized.

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Last updated on  Feb 28, 2013