A properly functioning well is a vital part of many homes located outside city limits. When buying a home with a private well, most people want to know how the water tastes. More importantly, though, a home buyer should want to know if the well is functioning properly and if the water quality meets current health standards. Therefore, we offer well inspections and a wide range of water quality analysis, testing for bacteria, nitrate, lead, arsenic and much more.
Our certified well inspectors provide an inspection of the well components and report whether or not the integral parts are functioning satisfactorily. The inspection also includes checking the condition and height of the well casing and cap. An above ground well cap should be checked for tightness to ensure unwanted invaders or debris can’t end up inside and possibly contaminate the well. In order to obtain the basic system condition on the date of inspection, the information is gathered while a 30-minute flow test is performed. The pressure tank, pressure switch and pressure gauge are inspected. The pressure tank is tested to make sure the tank is not water logged. The flow rate (gallons per minute) and the drawdown and recovery rate of the well water are also tested to make sure there is an adequate supply of water.
Our goal is to conduct a thorough examination with a functional water flow test to assure our clients that they have a functioning well system. If the system is not functioning or if repairs are needed we will report it. Unfortunately, there is no absolute way to predict how long an underground well will produce water or if it will be able to handle increased usage for a larger family. Our inspection will yield useful information on the condition of the system at the time of the inspection, and often uncovers defects which can save the purchaser a large unexpected expense. There are many different types of well systems ranging from shallow wells to deep wells, from artesian wells to drilled wells. Our inspectors have seen them all and can educate you on how your system works and how to maintain it.
Submersible Pumps – They are centrifugal pumps found in deep wells which are common in most new homes today. They have a great advantage over other types of pumps because they are fully submerged in water and push the water up to the home instead of drawing the water as jet pumps do.
Jet Pumps – They are mounted above ground and draw water up through a suction pipe. Popular in areas with higher water tables and warmer climates. Your pump selection will vary according to water levels. There are deep well pumps and shallow well pumps.
Pressure Switch – The pressure switch turns the pump on and off. There should be a 20 psi differential for a typical house well pump. The settings are normally 30-50 or 40-60 psi.
Pressure Gauge – The pressure gauge is an indicator to determine the high and low pressure settings and it does not affect the performance of the pump. Often times, these gauges are found not to be working and can easily be replaced.
Recovery Rate – This refers to the amount of water that evacuates the tank before the pressure switch will activate the pump. Drawdown is affected by the pump, the size of the tank and the pressure settings that govern your water system. Recovery refers to the time it takes for the tank to recover from switching off.
Flow Rate – This refers to the gallons per minute that the well is producing. The flow rate in a smaller home should be at least 3 gallons per minute. The flow rate is checked at the beginning of the well inspection and then again after running the water for 30 minutes. The flow rate should be the same at the end of the 30 minutes. If it’s not, the recovery rate of the well may not be adequate to meet the demands for the home.
Every home inspection we perform comes with our Escrow Cancellation Safeguard and our exclusive Big Moose Inspection Guarantee. Before purchasing your home call us to schedule your inspection because when confidence matters… Big Moose delivers.