If you are looking to buy residential real estate in Connecticut, don’t forget to check whether the property has its own well. Many homes, especially those under foreclosure, could have significant issues with the quality of the well water. If you don’t make the necessary checks, the water could be contaminated and harm the health of you and your family. Here are three myths that many buyers believe. We’ll show you how to avoid these traps and avoid an unexpected surprises.
Myth #1. Home Inspectors Will Check The Quality Of Well Water
The Reality: According to the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, you should always hire a licensed home inspector when you purchase a home. An objective professional will provide you with a detailed report of the home you plan to buy and point out any significant problems. Contrary to what some people believe, a home inspector will not inspect the quality of the well water. Inspections are visual and do not include a water analysis test. If you are buying a foreclosed or old home that hasn’t been lived in for a while, it is prudent to hire a well testing firm to conduct a standard water analysis test through a certified lab.
Myth #2. The Local Government Is Responsible For The Quality Of Well Water
The Reality: The homeowner is responsible for the quality of the well water, not the local government. Many people believe that there are certain ‘bad’ areas where well water isn’t good but this is false. Even wells drilled very close to one another can produce radically different qualities of water. For instance, water from one well could contain chloride, nitrates, manganese and coliform bacteria, while another well just a few dozen feet away could be free from bacteria. Most times, a process called well chlorination will kill bacteria. The water analysis will indicate whether this is necessary.
Myth #3. Inspections Will Flag Up Leaks In Pressure Tanks
The Reality: Unless you hire an inspector with thermal imaging equipment, you can’t be certain that an inspection will always flag up issues with the pressure tanks that well water is stored in. As inspections are visual and non-destructive, a typical inspector will not even note that a tank is heavily corroded. After all, tanks can be rusty and still work fine. Thermal imaging is a non-destructive way of detecting irregularities in temperatures that could indicate the presence of a water leak.
According to one firm supplying CT well water filtration systems, the best way to safeguard yourself when buying a home with a well is to pay for a full test. Specialist well companies are your best bet for ensuring that well water is potable and that the well equipment is in good running order. This is mostly a concern with older or foreclosed homes but many home inspectors admit that many new-build homes commonly have issues. If in doubt, ask your home inspector for more information about whether a well water test is necessary.