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Well system inspection & Water Analysis

Water tapped by a private well is often of the highest quality. When buying a home with a private well, your home inspection should include a well system check up to ensure the well is in good working order and the quality of the water produced meets health standards. 

Your well water inspection will include:

  • A visual functional flow analysis 

  • A visual inspection of well equipment 

  • A lab analysis of your water for coliform bacteria and e-coli as well as lead, copper, nitrate and nitrite

This is not a water sampling for iron, calcium, hardness, PH, tanins and/or odor.  This analysis may be provided at no charge by water a conditioning company.

Maintaining Your Well System


Although a properly constructed private well should require little routine maintenance, these tips will help protect your well system and keep it in good working order for years to come:

  • Get an annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test. 

  • Your well should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced. 

  • Periodically check the well cap and casing to make sure they are in good working order. A damaged casing could cause your water to become contaminated. 

  • Maintain a clean zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels or livestock operations. 

  • Do not treat the area around the well with pesticides or fertilizer. 

  • Keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well to allow proper drainage. 

  • Don't pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well. 

  • Always keep your well records in a safe place.

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