What to Know Before Buying a Home with a Well
Buying a home with a well can be an attractive option for those looking to save money on their water bills and have more control over their water supply. However, there are several important factors to consider before you purchase a home with a well, such as the condition of the well and whether it meets local regulations.
Here are five questions to ask when buying a house with a well.
1. Is the Well Maintained?
The first step in evaluating any prospective well is determining if it’s in good condition, meaning free from cracks or leaks that might allow contaminants into the water supply. It’s also important to check for signs of corrosion from age or poor maintenance, which can compromise the quality and safety of your drinking water. If you’re uncertain about the condition of the well, it may be worth bringing in an expert to inspect it before committing to buying the property.
2. Does It Meet Local Regulations?
When buying a home with a well, it’s important to make sure that it meets all local regulations and standards for potable drinking water. In some cases, wells may need to be tested or certified by local professionals to ensure they meet safety requirements; this is especially true if you plan on using your well instead of relying on municipal or city-provided services.
Additionally, most states have laws and regulations regarding how wells must be constructed and maintained; these rules should be followed closely in order to avoid potential fines or other penalties down the line.
3. Are There Any Other Maintenance Requirements?
Wells require regular maintenance in order to keep them running properly and avoid contamination issues that could affect your water supply. A typical maintenance routine includes:
- Checking for any signs of corrosion or damage
- Ensuring that all seals are intact (especially around pumps)
- Inspecting electrical components for shorts or other issues
- Testing water quality regularly—at least once per year—for potential contaminants like bacteria or metals like lead or arsenic that can leach into drinking water from soil or other sources nearby
Properly maintaining your well is essential for ensuring its longevity as well as safe drinking water for years to come.
4. How Much Will Maintenance Cost?
Make sure you factor this cost into your budget when calculating how much owning a home with its private well will cost over time; additional expenses could include replacement parts (like pumps) as needed due to age or wear-and-tear over time, as wells age faster than traditional plumbing systems do. Exposure to weathering and other environmental conditions can affect their performance over time without proper maintenance and care.
5. What About Water Quality?
Finally, one of the most important questions when considering purchasing a home with a private well is determining what kind of quality you get from it; even if the well meets all regulatory standards set by your state/local government agencies for safe drinking water levels, there may still be issues depending on where exactly your new property is located geographically speaking — all of which can impact both taste, odor, and overall water quality coming directly from your taps at home!
Contact Us For The Best in Groundwater Well Maintenance
If you’re looking for someone you can trust to repair, maintain, or test your well to ensure it’s safe and working as it should be, Easterday-Wilson Water Services can help. Our professional service crews have the knowledge and ability to fix all of your water issues.
Call us at 301-831-5170 for additional information and schedule your free water evaluation today.