Despite all the stories you may hear about possible contaminants in the water supply,the majority of us have water that is safe to drink, especially those served by a large municipal water system. However, well water should be tested occasionally for coliform bacteria. Additionally, if the property is located in an agricultural area, the water should be tested for nitrates, and if the home is more than 30 years old, or if the plumbing pipes are joined with lead solder, then the water should also be tested for lead. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requires water tests for bacteria, nitrates, nitrites and lead.
Other reasons a water test may be warranted:
- lender may require a water test prior to loan approval
- well located downstream from a septic system
- use of lawn fertilizers, salt or de-icers near the well
Testing more than once a year may be advisable in certain situations:
- pregnant or nursing household member
- unexplained illnesses in the family
- any change in taste, odor, color or clarity of the water
- a neighbor tests positive for contaminants in their water
- any dumping of chemicals, pesticides or fuels into or near your well
- if any part of your well system has been replaced or repaired
What can we do for you?
Anchor Home Inspection performs water tests for coliform bacteria, lead, nitrates and nitrites. Using specially designed receptacles, samples are taken from the closest point of entry such as a kitchen or lavatory faucet or tap – different tests require different sampling techniques and specific protocols.
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