When to Get Your Water Tested

What is Water Testing?

Water quality testing is a specialized but simple test that checks a home’s water supply for contaminants and pollutants, such as chlorine, lead, and coliform bacteria.

Testing can also reveal chemical imbalances of the pH, and other attributes, such as hardness. Testing ensures that the home’s water is potable and safe for everyday use.

Water Quality or Potability Testing May Be Required

In many areas, mortgage lenders require water quality testing for properties with private wells. Testing a community well may not be required by individual lenders, as this is normally the purview of the municipality.

Most lenders will accept a home inspector as an independent tester, who’s required to check for bacteria, including E. coli and coliform. The results for such tests are usually available within 48 hours.

Tests for minerals and other contaminants may take weeks to complete.

What Testing Can Reveal

Public and private water supplies should be tested because they may be affected by the following:

    • dangerous levels of bacteria, including E. coli and coliform
    • elevated levels of nitrates and nitrites from fertilizers that leach into the groundwater
    • fluoride levels
    • mineral contaminants, such as iron and arsenic
    • heavy metal contamination, including lead
    • water hardness

No natural water source is completely free of impurities; contaminants and pathogens must be monitored and mitigated. With the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set standards that determined the level for the safe consumption of 80 contaminants.

Water system plants test and treat water. However, these protections can and do fail. Let us ensure the water you are drinking is safe.

We offer 3 types of water testing.

The basic test includes bacteria, coliform, Escherichia coli, and E. coli. Additional testing for lead, nitrate, and nitrites (often required for FHA and VA loans) can be added as well as a chemistry test that includes pH, conductivity, TDS, lead, copper, zinc, iron, sulfide and hardness.

The laboratory that we utilize also offers other tests such as Round-up, fluoride, and radon if requested.

We understand that often the water testing falls under the responsibility of the seller and that payment for services is tied to closing in many instances.

With that understanding, please feel free to contact us on how we can accomplish both the home inspection and water testing at the same time to accommodate both the buyer and seller.