If you are purchasing a home with a well and the well is more than a few years old, it's worth the cost to get a professional to do a full inspection. This is especially true if you have concerns about the water's quality.
There are many things that can be wrong with a well, and you don't want to find out after you own the home that replacement is needed, and that you will then spend thousands of dollars to do it. The inspector will look at many things, from the location of the well to mechanical components inside of it. Start with the following to find out if the well has any major concerns.
Test the Water
Get a sample of the water coming out of the faucets in your home. Take this to your local water department to see what is in the water, and to see if there are any contaminants, hard minerals, or other troubles. The inspector will want to look at this water report and may do their own water testing as part of the inspection as well.
Ask About Well Location
If the well is a few decades old, the property around the house may have changed, the well may not have been dug deep enough, or there can be other issues with the location of the well. Deposits, rubble, and other types of runoffs can cause the well to go dry or have supply issues over time. This may indicate the well needs to be relocated or dug deeper.
Mechanical Repairs Needed
The well inspector will use a camera system to go through the pipes in the well. This allows them to examine the internal mechanical components of the well, such as the:
These are just some of the things that the inspector will want to see when they are examining the interior of the well.
Having control of your own water and being dependent from city water systems can be ideal for many homeowners, but it's important to make sure you are getting high-quality water and enough water. If you are purchasing a home and it has an old water well system, it's worth the time and the money to have the system examined and inspected first. This may be something that you want to negotiate if there are major and expensive complications that need to be resolved with the well.
Contact a well inspections service near you to learn more.