If you are looking at buying a new home that runs on its own water well and septic system, this is something you will want a qualified inspector check out before making an offer, making sure that they test both the tank and well for potential problems. Having to replace or relocate a well is a large and expensive project that you want to be prepared for, should it be required. Home inspectors aren’t usually licensed to do well inspections, making it important to have your inspection done by a certified water well contractor. Before you purchase the new home be sure to have a licensed water well inspector check over the following components:
  • The tanks, fittings, and valves inside the house need to be examined.
  • The water pump and well should be looked at, by taking off the well cap, check the water level whiles it runs.
  • The water softener needs to be checked for iron, sulfur and hardness.
In addition to having a well inspection performed, you should ask for copies of the well records and the septic system permit as well as any records of maintenance performed to the systems and water quality test reports. If you already own a home, the National Groundwater Association recommends that all homeowners owning private water well should have a routine annual maintenance check performed by a specialist to ensure the proper operation of the well and prolong its lifespan, as well as to verify the water quality. The checkup should include the following:
  • A flow test to determine system output, along with a check of the water level before and during pumping (if possible), pump motor performance, and pressure tank and pressure switch contact.
  • An inspection of the water tank and well equipment to be sure that they meet local code requirements and are sanitary.
  • A water quality test to screen for coliform bacteria, nitrates and anything else of local concern.
  • After the checkup, you should receive a written report explaining results, recommendations and lab test results.
As a current well-owner or potential buyer, it is up to you to test and maintain your system to ensure proper functioning and water safety. For more information on well inspections, contact Ackerson Pump located in Sussex County. As your neighborhood pump company, we can tackle any issue related to wells, water pumps, and water tanks. We’re available 24/7 for emergencies, and you can reach at 973-827-6088 with questions or to schedule an appointment.