Category: Water Testing FAQ - WNC Independent Labs
Happy Drinking Water Week :)
May 3, 2022
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....Read More
Why should I test my well water? We haven’t noticed any problems.
February 4, 2022
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....Read More
I’m getting a loan/refi – what kind of water test do I need
January 28, 2022
Please ask your mortgage broker to check with underwriting! FHA, VA, USDA Loans for Buyers require a water test for a home on a well/spring. Typically, they want Total Coliform, E. coli, Lead, Nitrates, Nitrites (what we call our “Lender Scan” ). Rarely, they will go through with just a Total Coliform and E. coli....Read More
How often should I test my well water?
January 26, 2022
The CDC recommends testing the well water at least once a year. (See “Why should it test my water” for more information.)Read More
Water Test: Total Coliform and e. Coli
January 24, 2022
Total Coliform is a family of bacteria and E. coli is a specific type of Coliform. They are considered “indicator bacteria”. The EPA says if you have any Total Coliform and/or E. coli (“one or more colony forming units) that the water should be treated. Therefore, the test we use (which is also used by....Read More
Water Test on a Spring
January 20, 2022
A spring is water coming straight up through dirt and is usually surface water. It is exposed to insects, animals, dirt, weather, runoff, etc. Springs are almost always going to test positive for bacteria. Depending on the way the spring is set up it can be chlorinated, but it is more likely to come back....Read More
Do I need to be there for the water test?
January 18, 2022
If the house is for sale with an agent, we will arrange access with the agent (we have the same lockbox access agents have) and no one needs to be there. Buyers and buyers agents do not need to attend. There is nothing to see during the collection – we will be there 15 to....Read More
Testing Water from Steams, Creeks, Ponds, Lakes, other natural bodies of water
January 16, 2022
These are open and exposed to insects, animals, dirt, weather, runoff, etc so their water is constantly changing and are almost always going to test positive for bacteria. Streams and creeks are even more variable since they are constantly flowing. There is also no way to treat them. Therefore, we do not usually recommend testing....Read More
Arranging access with the seller
January 14, 2022
If you are buying a house (or are a buyer’s agent) ordering services with us: Please let us know if you have (or are) a buyer’s agent. Please let us know if you would like us to copy your agent on everything.If it’s listed in Canopy MLS (Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, etc) – we can....Read More
Where do you collect the sample for the water test?
January 13, 2022
(For Springs not connected to a house, creeks, etc, see the question for that item.) Our default location for collection is somewhere in or on the house- an outside hose spigot, kitchen sink, bathroom sink or tub, etc. This is where most lenders want it collected from, this is where the EPA recommends to collect....Read More