Are you buying a new piece of property? Does the property have a water well? If so, you may want to get an inspection of the well before you close on the property. A well inspection can tell you whether the well is operating properly and whether the well is vulnerable to any kind of contamination. Usually, the buyer of a property has to pay for this type of inspection. However, it could be a wise investment. If the well has serious damage or construction issues, then you may want to negotiate repairs into the final purchase contract. Here are three signs that you may need a well inspection:
- The well cover isn't firmly sealed. The well cover is your well's first line of defense against insects and pollution. The well should be firmly sealed shut so that it prevents any contaminants from getting into the well. Check the well cover and see if it budges when you try to lift it up. Also, look to see if there is a visible o-ring sealant around the base of the cover. Do you see any cracks or gap? If so, it may mean that the sealant has worn down over time and contaminants are leaking into the well. A well inspection can offer a more thorough review of the cover to make sure that it has a sufficient seal.
- The well is located in a vulnerable position. Ideally, a well should located in a space that isn't vulnerable to pollutants or runoff. That means that water should run away from the well. It also shouldn't be near a septic tank or leach field and it shouldn't be in an area that is treated with pesticides or other pollutants. If the well is in one of these areas, you may want to have an inspection to see if pollutants are entering the well.
Also, look to see if water collects near the well after a rain storm. It's possible for rain water to pick up pesticides and other pollutants as it drains downhill. If that water then sits and pools near the well, then the pollutants could penetrate the wells casing.
- The well's inspection history is spotty. At the very least, the seller should be able to provide you with documentation about the well's history. That documentation should list when the well was built, what materials were used, and it should state the results of all inspections and water quality tests. If the seller doesn't provide this document or if the well has an inconsistent inspection history, then you may want to just go ahead and have your own inspection done. Getting in the habit of having regular inspections will help you keep your well safe. It will also help you build your own documentation that you can provide when you sell the property in the future.
For more information, contact a well inspection service like Brewster Artesian water well drilling in your area. They can advise you on whether an inspection is necessary for your well.