Since private wells are constructions that draw up groundwater for a single household, there’s no one responsible for them other than the homeowners. Municipal water is continuously being tested and filtered, so taking care of a private well and ensuring that the water is safe for use shouldn’t be overlooked either.

If you’re looking to buy a home with a private well or you already have one, there are certain things you should know about testing and maintaining it. Here are six reasons why you should have your well water tested and how to do it:

1. You’re Buying a Home

A home that possesses a private well will usually go through base-level testing to ensure that the water is safe for use before someone purchases the property. However, as the new homeowner, you can never be sure that the previous owner didn’t directly pour bleach down the well to get good results on the test. At least, not until you test the water yourself. You can either pick which contaminants to run lab tests for or hire a specialized water inspector to help you.

2. Weather Is Changing

Fall or spring is generally the time of the weather changing and increased rainfall, which may impact the quality of your well water. If the season is unusually rainy, it can cause contaminated surface waters to seep into your well, so keep an eye on the weather and various signs of water contamination in that case.

3. You’ve Noticed Changes In Water Quality

Homeowners will often test their well water when they notice a change in quality. A distinct new odor, cloudiness or murkiness, as well as a difference in taste, can all indicate that something’s gone wrong in your well.

4. You’re Often Sick

Frequent gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting or diarrhea can often come with contaminated water. If you’re sick with these symptoms often, the cause may well be hiding in your well, so make sure you test the water for coliform bacteria and other contaminants.

5. You’re Expanding Your Family

If you’re expecting or having an extended family move in temporarily, you should test your water just in case. Babies, children, and older people can be particularly sensitive to contaminants in the water. Additionally, waterborne illnesses may impact them particularly hard, especially those individuals that have a weakened or compromised immune system.

6. It’s Simply Time

Generally speaking, you should test your water for potential contaminants at least once a year, even if everything appears in order. Well water contamination doesn’t always have immediately apparent issues. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so be proactive and don’t let it come to a problem.

Water contamination problems can cause serious health issues, as well as financial expenses. Most contamination problems can be fixed, depending on the source of contaminants and how far the problem has gone without being addressed. However, even though some of these problems you can solve quickly, others might require digging a new well or switching to bottled water, which could be quite expensive. Do your due diligence if you’re buying a home with a well and test the water to protect your investment.

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