If you wish to purchase a home in a rural area, the house likely relies on well rather than municipal water. This virtually free water source arguably tastes better than municipal water because it does not undergo chemical treatments. As beneficial as this water source is, it requires professional well inspection and water testing prior to purchasing the property. Learn why this is before signing any paperwork.
Why Well Inspection & Testing Is Strongly Recommended Before Buying A Home
Well inspection and testing services look for harmful germs and microbes, such as coliform bacteria, which can be found in soil, throughout surface water, on plants, and in warm-blooded animals feces, including humans and livestock. Another type of bacteria well inspections typically test for is E. coli, which can cause humans to experience diarrhea and bloody stools, fever, loss of appetite, bloody urine, among other adverse medical symptoms.
Nitrates & Volatile Organic Compounds
Comprehensive well inspections also check for nitrates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Nitrates are among the most common groundwater contaminants, and come from animal waste, sewer water, agricultural runoff, as well as many other sources. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) include carbon tetrachloride, benzene, and toluene. Nitrates are particularly harmful to babies, while VOCs cause issues such, as organ damage, headaches, and allergic skin reactions.
Ions, such as sodium, iron, and chloride, do not cause serious health problems. However, they can affect how your well water will taste. These ions also influence the pH levels of the water, which can have an adverse impact on your home’s plumbing system. For example, water with excessive iron content can create acidic water that can corrode pipes and fixtures, causing blue stains to appear on fixtures with copper pipes, and rust-colored fixture stains on iron pipes.
Radon is commonly found in groundwater, as well as soil and in some outdoor air. Well inspections also test for this odorless and tasteless contaminant that, according to EPA, is one of the primary causes of lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers. EPA estimates that radon exposure has led to 21,000 lung-cancer related deaths per year in the United States. Therefore, it’s important to mitigate potential radon exposure by not only scheduling an well inspection prior to purchasing a property, but also on an annual basis after moving in.
Before purchasing your dream home, schedule your well inspection with Affordable Pump & Well Repair. Located in La Crosse County, WI, this well-drilling contractor has served the community for over 40 years, providing quality installation, maintenance, and repair services all while keeping clients’ budgets in mind. Call (608) 788-6451 today to make your appointment, or read their latest testimonials online.