Don’t Get Sick, Get Your Well Water Tested
Whether you’re looking to buy a home with well water or you’ve already been living in a home for quite some time and you utilize well water, it’s important to have a well water inspection completed. In fact, The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends well owners test their water at least once per year. Our Home Inspections OKC team knows this as it is vital for ensuring that bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants are no longer a concern.
According to the Center of Disease Control, the U.S. has one of the safest drinking systems in the world, but that there are an estimated 32 million cases of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness (AGI) per year from drinking water systems. Here are a few tips provided by our Home Inspections OKC team to help you determine, besides buying a new home, that your well water may need to be tested:
- There is a change in taste
- There is an odor
- The appearance of the water has changed
- There is a broken well cap
- The well has a history of bacterial contamination
- The septic system has recently malfunctioned
- Family members or guest have recurrent gastrointestinal illnesses
- An infant is living in the home
- There’s a new contamination source
- You just want to monitor the efficiency and performance of your home water
In addition to a well water test, Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC would also recommend that the mechanical workings of the water system also be inspected. This would include the well pump, pressure tank, water treatment system, the condition of the area around the well, and the well’s proximity to potential contamination sources. The well itself should be inspected to make certain that it has a tight construction.
If you suspect that your well water isn’t safe to drink, Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC can help! We’ll test your well for the presence of E.Coli and Coliform, but we’re also able to disinfect wells that have unsafe drinking water. To reach our Home Inspections OKC team, please click here.