We understand that once a purchase offer is accepted on a property, inspections are time sensitive, and this includes water quality testing for private wells. The Real Estate Comprehensive Water Test includes a water quality specialist coming to the home, performing a full inspection of the well and supporting infrastructure and treatment system, and collecting a water sample. The comprehensive water quality test includes testing for standard water quality parameters including Bacteria (Total Coliform and E.coli), Nitrates and Nitrites, 13 metals and minerals (including Lead, Arsenic, Magnesium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Manganese), as well as eight (8) physical characteristics (including: pH, Color, Odor, and Hardness). The Comprehensive test also includes Radon in Water testing and testing for 60 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs, man-made contaminants). All analyses are done by a state certified lab. SafeWell evaluates the test results, scores the water quality and provides a write-up on potential next steps.
While some, but not all, state environmental authorities, local Boards of Health and lending institutions require some level of water quality testing prior to property transfer, it is considered best practice among industry experts. Consider that, while price, location, and physical condition of the home are critical considerations to a home-buyer, the quality of the well water is the one thing that can affect – positively or negatively – the new homeowner’s family every day after they move in. It is critical during a real estate transfer that the drinking water be tested for a comprehensive range of contaminants. This gives the buyer a basic understanding of the overall quality of the drinking water and whether or not treatment may be required.
What to Expect
The Real Estate Comprehensive Water Test is performed by SafeWell Water Quality Specialists. The following is the service delivery process:
- Schedule an appointment
- Professional arrives at the property
- Completes an inspection of the well
- Inspects the supporting infrastructure
- Collects appropriate water samples
- Samples are delivered to a certified lab
- Lab results are evaluated and scored
- Next steps are identified
- Report with results is emailed
- Follow up phone discussion