It might seem like a concept that not too many people are used to but there are still quite a few homes that use their own well water and septic tank system, as many as 15% of American homes rely on water from wells. The thought of the maintenance turns many people off of well water. While it’s not an impossible task, there are some extra responsibilities that come with purchasing a home that runs on well water.
One mistake that people make when considering a home that has well water is not running the proper tests. If it looks ok, tastes ok and the recent owners aren’t sick then the water must be fine, right? WRONG! Don’t fall for that common misconception. If you are in the process of buying a home with well water you need to get the well water and septic tank tested BEFORE you complete the purchase of the home. This is just as important as the home inspection. Most problems that are found can be solved relatively easily and aren’t too expensive but if there is a more costly problem you will want to know before you complete the house purchase.
Even if people do schedule a test of the well water and septic tank they often forget about getting an inspection of the pump. You want to make sure that the pump is clean, tight and doesn’t have any leaks. Ensuring this when you purchase your home will save you a lot of money and headaches down the road.
Another common mistake that people make when owning a home that runs on well water for the first time is that they forget to maintain their water. As long as it’s working and not coming out brown they assume that everything is ok. It’s very important to perform regular inspections on your well water system. In addition to surveying parts to make sure they aren’t broken and functioning you’ll also want to test for coliform bacteria, nitrates and any other harmful chemicals.
It might sound overwhelming but there are pros to owning a home that runs on well water. You can go off the grid and have complete control over the water that you and your family are consuming. You can rest assured that you aren’t ingesting any unwanted chemicals or fluoride. This also means that you will be safe from any mishaps that municipal water experiences from time to time. If it seems like a lot to know, don’t worry, there are resources to help you. Most areas have local water experts who can guide you and tell you what other problems have been seen in the area so you know what to look for when testing your well water.