If you’ve never lived in a home with a private water well, buying a home or homesite with a well system can be intimidating. The idea of switching away from the familiar municipal water supply might make you nervous or hesitant to invest.
Don’t let concerns about a private well system stop you from buying your dream home. Instead, take the necessary steps to ensure that the water well is safe and functioning correctly. Once you know the well system is in good shape, you’ll feel better about moving ahead with the purchase.
Research Local Private Water Well Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency oversees municipal water supply systems and ensures that they meet minimum health and safety standards. Consequently, homeowners with city water generally have little reason to be concerned with water safety.
When it comes to homes with private well systems, however, the EPA doesn’t regulate health and safety. For that reason, property owners must be more proactive in the process. As a prospective home buyer, you’ll be well-served by researching any existing or potential problems in your area. That way, you can make an informed decision about purchasing the home. And, if you do choose to move forward, you’ll be prepared to preserve the safety and taste of your water.
In addition, be sure to look into the applicable state and local policies for private well owners. Some states require permits, for example, or require home sellers to disclose relevant testing information to potential buyers.
Have the Water Tested by a Local Well Contractor
Next, contact a professional well contractor to test the water for contaminants and pollutants. A local expert, like the Z Driller Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, can guide you through the process and complete appropriate testing for your dream home’s water supply.
Your local well expert can also clearly explain the test results. Don’t be too concerned if contaminants are found because, in most cases, they can be easily handled with filtration or an alternative treatment system.
Schedule an Inspection with Your Water Well Contractor
Testing is essential when you are considering a property with a private well. In fact, in many cases, it may be required by your mortgage company.
However, inspecting a water well involves much more than reviewing lab testing results. During your inspection, the contractor will inspect the well cap, casing and pump for signs of damage as well as items that may require repair.
In addition, the contractor can provide you with direction for properly managing and maintaining your private well. As a new well system owner, this information will be invaluable for identifying – and addressing – any potential problems as early as possible.
The professional contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, serving Utah and Wyoming, can offer you more advice, as well as provide installation, repair and testing services for commercial and residential customers. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an inspection for your water well.