Water Wells

If you are buying a home with a private water well you will want as much information as possible about it and its history. Here is a paper I wrote on March 4, 2020

PRIVATELY OWNED WATER WELL INSPECTION CRITERIA AND OBJECTIVES
BY KURT SHAFER    CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTOR DATE MARCH 4, 2020

Water wells on private property are very tightly regulated and are likely to be in good condition if they are properly permitted and done to local standards. Well inspectors have specific knowledge of design and regulations associated with wells. Codes, regulations and construction specifications need to be known in order to make any meaningful assessment of a well system’s functionality.

As a buyer, you want to know the following results of a thorough inspection of the well including:

  1. That the well was permitted and installed properly and that there are documents to show that.
  2. A visual inspection of the pump assembly and well casing/screen (Down hole recording) with a small camera on a line done by a third party.
  3. A visual inspection of the plumbing and water storage and a visual inspection of the house delivery system.
  4. A test of the output pressure at both the well and at the house.
  5. A test of the output flow rate by using a 1 or 2 gallon container and recording the amount of water flow per minute.
  6. A chemical/bacteriological/physical water quality assessment.

The first action to take is to request of the owner all the documents available including logs of past inspections. These should include records from public sources such as local  County Water or Building or Environmental Departments and the California Department of Water Resources well completion records.

Second is to request a quote from a service to do a down hole camera inspection. I can make this request for you. 

Third is to decide what water quality tests you want to be run and have a test facility provide water containers. 

Fourth is to hire me to do the visual inspection. I can add this to my regular inspection for $150.