Do I Need Water Testing?
Water testing in addition to a home inspection can be helpful when deciding whether or not to purchase a home.
If you already own a home and are unsure if the water is safe, water testing is a good idea as well!
Testing the water supply that goes to a home is useful for determining if the water is safe to use. There are many different uses for water supply in a home that it needs to be safe for – such as gardening, showering, drinking, and laundry.
Typically, water testing is done on homes that have private water supply, like well water.
What Does Water Testing Look For?
There is a variety of findings that can be revealed from a water inspection, many of which can be harmful to health.
- High levels of hardness
- Contaminants from fertilizer (nitrates & nitrites)
- Excess minerals
- Bacteria like E.Coli
All of these findings in your water supply can be harmful to your health. While some of these are found in water all the time, such as minerals (especially in freshwater run-off areas), highly concentrated levels can be dangerous.
How Do Inspectors Test the Water?
Inspectors test the water supply for harmful contaminants in two different ways. They can either test it immediately while on site at the home, or they can take water samples and then send the samples into a lab for testing there.
Often, if they find levels of contaminants in the on-site test, they will take a sample and send it to a lab for confirmation and to check for anything else that may be there.
What Are The Benefits Of Water Testing?
Water testing will give you peace of mind that your water supply is safe. It also ensures that you’re buying (or own) a home without any serious problems that could be detrimental to your health.
Schedule a water inspection now, or contact us for more information.