A Few Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Home With A Well

Posted on: 6 October 2018

If you have decided to move out of the municipal water district's service area, there is probably a well with a pump and holding tank for your water supply. For the most part, this is a very good thing. You won't have to worry about paying for your water, and there will not be a high concentration of chlorine in it like there is in many municipal water supplies. However, there will be a few things you need to understand and consider before moving in.

Water Testing

Before buying the property, you should have the well water tested. This will let you know if the water is safe for human consumption. If the test comes back with bacteria, nitrates, or other minerals that can cause health issues, you may choose not to buy the place. Of course, there are ways to take care of the problems with the water. You should make sure that the seller gets things fixed before going to closing. Have a second water test. If there is still a problem, contact a well-water company to find out what else can be done and then deduct the cost of the solution from the price of the house.

Pump Age

The home inspection should include checking over the well pump. If it is older, you should ask the seller to replace it. You should ask to have the pump cleaned and serviced if it is in working condition and not too old. Yo do not want to need to replace the pump shortly after buying the house. 


Like the pump, make sure the water storage tank is cleaned and serviced or replaced if needed. If the water test showed signs of rust, the problem could be in the tank. Minerals and dirt from the well will form a layer of sediment in the water tank. This needs to be cleaned out periodically to keep it from passing through to your drinking water.

It is important to understand that just because the water tastes fine does not mean that it is safe to drink. Once you move into the house, be sure to have your water tested every couple of years. You can never be sure of what is getting into the water table. You may also want to consider getting a whole house water filtration system. This way, if there ever is a problem with your well water in between testing, your family will still be safe.

For more information, contact a company like Uni Tech Drilling Company Inc.