Here’s Why You Should Get a Well Water Inspection Before You Buy

Plus tips on keeping your well healthy!

Did you know that over 13 million households in the U.S. use a well for their water supply? Chances are, if you’re searching for a home in Tennessee, you will come across a home with well water.

A home running off a well shouldn’t be intimidating or limit your home options. But homeowners should get a well water inspection before moving in. Here’s why.


Well Water Inspections Determine the Health of your Well

Unlike drawing your water from a municipal water supply, a private well draws directly from the earth. Instead of being treated with chemical processes, well water is purified naturally through its filtration through sediment, soil, and rock.

A well system has several important components. With proper maintenance and care, these components last a long time. Central to a functional well system is a well pump. The well pump draws the water up from the ground and distributes it throughout your home via pipes. The well casing provides the pathway, protecting the water from sediment and contaminants on its way into your home. A pressure tank regulates the water pressure and switches the water pump on and off as needed.

Well System Components

Components of your well water system


When a certified well inspector inspects your well water system, they determine the health of your well system including the well cap that keeps the well sealed, the pump, and the gauges and valves. They will also measure the volume of your well. A water inspection goes beyond testing your water and analyzes the functionality of your whole well system. An inspector will make sure that enough water can be pumped into your home for your family’s needs.


Well Water Inspections Locate Contaminates

Water contaminates in your well can be introduced by human activities or can come from natural sources. Either way, the quality of your water should be tested before you move in.

Well water can suffer from any number of contaminants such as bacteria, high concentrations of magnesium, calcium, iron, sulfur, or salt, and even methane gas. These contaminants can come from barn runoff, pesticides, landfills, or poorly placed septic systems. Yuck.

Contaminants in your water create serious health hazards. The CDC identifies Hepatitis A, Giardia, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Arsenic as some of the top causes of outbreaks in private wells. Contaminated water can cause illness, hospitalization, and even death.

An inspector will take several water samples to get tested at a lab for a slue of contaminates. When the results return, the inspector can help pinpoint possible remedies or refer homeowners to a well professional.

Addressing contaminants in your well can be a quick fix, or it can indicate a more serious problem with the well’s construction or the environmental conditions of the well. Get the well inspection before you buy!


Well Water Inspections Maintain the Health and Safety of your Well

So, you’ve bought your first home with a well? A well water inspection can help you maintain a functional and safe water supply for your family. The CDC recommends that homeowners retest their water each year to monitor the quality of their water. In addition to a yearly inspection, homeowners can follow recommendations to maintain a healthy well.

Maintaining a healthy well system

Steps to Maintaining A Healthy Well System

Steps to Maintaining A Healthy Well System [/caption]

  • Keep hazardous chemicals like paint, oil, and fertilizer away from your well
  • Free the area around the well casing from overgrowth, grass, or debris
  • Store your service, construction, and testing records in a safe and accessible location
  • Be aware of any environmental changes that could impact the health or function of your well
  • Do not back siphon

Looking for a home with a well? Contact Cookeville Home Inspection, your local InterNACHI certified well inspector for questions or to schedule your well inspection


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