Buying a house with a well system doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does mean there are some other things you need to consider before moving in. If you buy a house with a well system, you must learn as much about the system as you can before moving forward with the sale.
However, Florida home inspectors aren’t required to inspect a well system. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself in a situation costing you thousands of dollars.
Knowledge is power. That’s why EDC Professional Home Inspections goes above and beyond, working on getting you as much information as possible about the state of the well system. Our goal is to give you as much information as possible so you can make the best decision.
Are you using a mortgage to buy your new home? If so, check with your loan officer to see if they need additional information about the well.
Most of your well system will be underground, making it a challenge to find out crucial information about the system itself. Knowing how the well is designed to work can help you determine the state of your system.
The wellhead is one of the more visible components of your well system, as it is the part that sticks out of the ground. The wellhead sits at the top of the well and keeps debris, vermin, and other potentially dangerous items from entering your system.
The pump is one of the more critical elements of any well system, drawing water from the ground and circulating it throughout the home. The pump is often located inside the wellhead, making it difficult to access.
The pressure tank is a crucial component of your well, with several benefits. The pressure tank is filled with water, ready to be used whenever someone opens a faucet inside the home. This means that you can access water at any time without first having to turn on the pump. It also regulates the water pressure, ensuring a steady flow of water at all times. Another added benefit is that it helps prevent the pump from turning on and off every time you need water, helping to increase the life of your system.
Water pumped from the ground isn’t always the cleanest or purest. It can have several contaminants that can change the taste of the water, damage items in your home, or even cause health problems. A working filtration system can ensure that you always have access to clean water.
However, to choose the right filtration system, you need to know about your water quality.
When buying a home with a well, it’s essential to determine what kind of water you will have access to. And the only way to accomplish that is through a water quality test.
Let the experts at EDC Professional Home Inspections help you determine your water quality so that you can know precisely what is in the water coming out of your well. At EDC, we test for coliform, nitrites, and nitrates; we will also do a lead check for older homes.
Keep in mind that when you perform the water quality check matters. Warm weather can lead to the growth of certain bacteria. If you only test during the colder months, you might miss the presence of harmful bacteria in your water.
Florida does not require home inspectors to inspect a well; in fact, home inspectors are limited in what they can look at. EDC is determined to go above and beyond to get home buyers as much information as possible. However, some elements of the well system are impossible for the home inspector to determine. In those cases, you need a well contractor.
Your EDC inspector will be open and honest with you about what information they can gather, what they can’t, and what your next steps should be.
When you are in the process of buying a house, you want to know everything there is to know about the home. It’s better to find out if your dream home has significant issues before buying it. Otherwise, your dream home could turn into a nightmare.
All EDC Professional Home Inspectors are licensed and insured and inspect every home as if it’s our own. We don’t cut corners and spend the extra time necessary to ensure you have everything you need to make an informed decision.
If you’re buying a home that has a well system or uses a septic system, give us a call today to schedule your inspection.