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Old 09-20-2010, 10:04 PM  
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Testing a Well

We have been looking at a property that has a well.

Would like to get some feedback on what we should do during inspection to cover all our bases on the well quality.

We already got a water sample test.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:21 PM  
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Typically during a home inspection the water is only tested to see if it is safe to drink. You could end up with a skunk of a well, high in sulfates and iron making it virtually non potable or unable to wash your white clothes without rust staining them but still "safe" to consume.
I'm not sure if the home inspector can get further tests done, maybe the local ag department can help. What ever you do don't depend on one of the local water filter stores like Culigan because they don't have a clue beyond trying to sell you chemicals or a filter to fix a problem that may or may not exist. .

I ended up with a skunk well at a previous house and ended up installing a 2k air charge water system so we could at least shower without smelling rotten egg sulfur, but still couldn't drink the crap.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:50 PM  
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Were you not able to smell the sulfur in the water during your home inspection?

I remember a friend that had a skunk well and you could smell it washing your hands.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:18 PM  
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It comes and goes,

The well is in a really shallow pressurized aquifer, depending on rainfall, how much water we use, orbit of the moon, my horoscope and the stock market it will smell one day and then nothing the next day..
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:49 AM  
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Yikes.

I suppose you can't even redrill the well either because you will hit the same water pocket?
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:14 PM  
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We could have possibly avoided that aquifer in another section of the property cross contamination was a risk I wasn't willing to accept at $200 a foot for the drill.

Other wells in the neighborhood have a history of going dry during the late summer "drought" but the three houses in our cul-de-sac haven't run dry in 35 years.. Bad water is better than no water..
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:31 PM  
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Your best information will come from your county health department.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:38 PM  
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We have been looking at a property that has a well.

Would like to get some feedback on what we should do during inspection to cover all our bases on the well quality.

We already got a water sample test.
Did they do a fecal test? Very important water quality test.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:07 AM  
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Turn the water on from an out side tap.

Leave it run for four or five hours.

Then check your GPM.

Use a five gallon pail and a watch with a minute hand.

Can you give us more information on the well??

Size and type of pump.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:44 PM  
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The NY the test are mandated now.

Its called a run test. Fill the tub for 20min. to check for any slow down in pressure. This is also a septic test to see if it can handle 20 min of water flow.
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