Well Pump and Water Testing

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Even in the Triangle area, many clients have private well water service. We offer well pump and water testing to reduce the risk of water-borne illnesses and well pump failure. Here’s what we do, on-site, during the home inspection:

  1. Run the pump for 90-120 minutes. We locate a safe place to disperse water away from the home and run a hose to that location. It continues running for the duration of the testing period.
  2. Test the water pressure 3-4 times. We report this pressure in gallons per minute (GPM).
  3. Watch the pump switch cycle on and off. We time this cycle and monitor for slow-cycling or constant re-cycling.
  4. Inspect the well tank. We look for corrosion, damage, and leaks.
  5. Inspect the well head. Here, we are looking for cracks and damage. Groundwater is not to enter the well head area.
  6. Take a water sample at the kitchen sink and analyze it. Water samples must either be refrigerated or delivered to the lab within four hours. Results take 4-5 business days.

Once the results come in, we process them into an easy-to-read, straightforward format to help our clients know and take those next steps with their well water.