Happy Drinking Water Week :)

Its Drinking Water Week!

We offer water tests for buyers and homeowners who use a well or a spring – The EPA says you should test for bacteria at least once a year!

We also offer well chlorinations if your water has bacteria, well inspections to make sure your well is up to code and protecting your water, and well repairs.

Get a water test and a well inspection together and get $35 off!

Serving the following WNC counties: Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Burke – ALL FOR THE SAME PRICE! (no more trip fees!)

Call or email us today to get your services scheduled!

Why should I test my well water? We haven’t noticed any problems.

Homeowners should test their well water on a regular basis.  Well (and especially spring water) can change over time, even suddenly.  It can be effected by environmental factors such as weather, age/condition of well/spring components, and sometimes it just changes for no discernable reason.

Total Coliform and E. coli can get into wells/springs and build up slowly over time. For people whose immune systems work properly, their body will build up a resistance to the bacteria.

But if someone comes in from city water, or if someone has immune system issues, it can make them sick as their immune system does not know how to fight it. (See section on Total Coliform for more information).

Many buyers want to test it as part of their “Due Diligence” so they can be aware of any issues or because they need to for the mortgage.  Often homeowners will need to test when they refinance.

Drinking Water - toddler with bottle of water
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How often do I need to pump my septic tank?

The NC Laws and Rules say:

a) Any person owning or controlling the property upon which a ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal system is installed shall be responsible for the following items regarding the maintenance of the system:

(2) Ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal systems shall be checked, and the contents of the septic tank removed, periodically from all compartments, to ensure proper operation of the system. The contents shall be pumped whenever the solids level is found to be more than 1/3 of the liquid depth in any compartment.

15A NCAC 18A .1961 MAINTENANCE OF SEWAGE SYSTEMS

This is not very useful for the average homeowner, so the general “rule of thumb” is every 3-5 years (and we are seeing more and more permits where the county is writing “pump every 3-5 years”).

If a tank has gone 10 years or more without being pumped, a standard pumping may not be possible. The contents often harden up so that they are no longer “flowable solids”. Imagine have a bathtub that is filled with one big block of clay and trying to vacuum it up with a shop vac – it doesn’t work.

What is radon? Why should we test for Radon?

According to the CDC: “Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas. It occurs naturally and is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.” and “Uranium is found in small amounts in most rocks and soil. It slowly breaks down to other products such as radium, which breaks down to radon.”

The EPA says “Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers” (overall, its second only to smoking).

The particles released seep up from the ground and can seep into the house and get trapped, causing a build up of radon in the air which people then breathe in.

The EPA says “(January 13 2005) U.S. Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, issues a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air.  The Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing.  Dr. Carmona also stressed the need to remedy the problem as soon as possible when the radon level is 4pCi/L or more”

If the average level is more than 4pCi/L, a radon mitigation system should be installed.

Radon Testing