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Mountain to Sea Inspections
The number one question we receive concerning well water testing in the Asheville real estate market is what kind of test should I perform? Follow these simple steps below to help you determine what water test is right for your circumstance. Lets start by seeing what type of testing is available.
Step One: What Water Testing Is Available
Ecoli & Bacteria
This will test for Total Coliform and E. coli. This is considered to be the most basic of water tests and is used to determine of the water source is safe to use for drinking water. At current rates this test costs $85.
Lender Water Scan (FHA, VA & USDA)
This test includes Total Coliform, E. coli, Nitrite, Nitrate, and Lead. This is often what mortgage companies request for loans, especially FHA, USDA, VA but please check with your lender for their specific requirements. At current rates this test costs $200.
Premium Well Scan
This will test for Total Coliform, E.coli, Nitrite, Nitrate, Lead, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, Iron, Total Alkalinity, Copper, Phosphorus, Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, and Turbidity. At current rates this premium well scan costs $250.
Step Two: Who Is The Well Water Test For?
The first question you have to ask yourself, is who is the water test for?
As a homeowner, we always want to make sure that we are providing the safest environment for ourselves and our loved ones. Providing a safe source of drinking water should rank very high on your priority list. Here are the recommendations from the NC Dept of Health & Human Resources for how frequently certain water tests should be performed.
- At a minimum it is recommended to test for total Ecoli and Bacteria every year.
- Test for heavy metals, nitrates, nitrites, lead and copper every two years.
- Pesticides, volatile organic compunds (VOC’s), heavy metals and Arsenic every 5 years
Are you buying or refinancing a home? Your lender may require well water testing be performed to satisfy the requirements of the loan. In most cases this required well water test would require the “Lender Scan” that will test for total Coliform, E. coli, Nitrite, Nitrate and Lead. In some rare cases they may request the complete Premium Scan. Make sure that you are very clear on what test you should be performing to make sure the proper test is performed the first time out. Your loan officer should be able to provide the guidelines of any water testing to be performed. Some lenders will allow for the basic E. coli & Bacteria test. If there is any doubt we recommend performing the “Lender Scan”.
Step Three: Don’t Worry
Regardless of the results from your water test, DO NOT WORRY! Almost everything can be corrected! There are very few outcomes that can not be corrected with either shocking the well or the installation of a whole home water conditioning system. The important thing is knowing that the problem exists in the first place.