Well Water Testing - Well Real Estate Inspections


Municipal water systems are regulated by the government and are conditioned to be free of dangerous bacteria and parasites. However, private water systems that rely on a well are the responsibility of the property owner. As such its especially important to test your well if humans and animals use it for drinking water.


When Should You Test Your Well Water?

Bacteria is everywhere and most are harmless but some can cause serious health conditions in humans and animals. Your well needs to be tested annually for coliform, a broad type of bacteria that infect the digestive tracts of animals and humans. If your laundry or plumbing fittings are starting to stain, your well needs to be tested for iron bacteria. If you are in a rural area, your well should also be annually tested for farming chemicals, nitrates and nitrites. E. Coli bacterial tests should be considered, especially if your septic system has problems.


Reasons to have your water well tested


Conditions or Nearby Activities:

Test for:

Recurring gastro-intestinal illness

Coliform bacteria

Household plumbing contains lead

pH, lead, copper

Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich


Corrosion of pipes, plumbing

Corrosion, pH, lead

Nearby areas of intensive agriculture

Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria

Coal or other mining operations nearby

Metals, pH, corrosion

Gas drilling operations nearby

Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium

Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station, or dry-cleaning operation nearby

Volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals

Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks

Volatile organic compounds

Objectionable taste or smell

Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals

Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry

Iron, copper, manganese

Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby

Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium

Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather


Rapid wear of water treatment equipment

pH, corrosion

Water softener needed to treat hardness

Manganese, iron

Water appears cloudy, frothy, or colored

Color, detergents


Well Testing Process

Before any testing takes place, it is advisable to perform a well inspection and cleaning to remove any chance of a false positives. In addition to false positives a dirty well can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Once bacterial test are completed an assessment can be made on what if any action needs to be taken.


If your well water tests positive for harmful bacteria or contaminants, then water treatment and conditioning is necessary. AAA Pump and Well will consult with you on the best water treatment product for your situation.


Real Estate Well Inspections

Homeowners, sellers, and buyers who are considering purchasing or selling a piece of property with a well water system, should get a well inspection first. AAA Pump and Well can shed some light on what you are purchasing. Sellers protect yourself against litigation. Get a certified well inspection to ease your buyers and to protect yourself. Our real estate well inspections provide the analysis you need to make a well informed decision.

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