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!

Don’t skip a well inspection just because the water works!

We get a lot more requests for septic inspections than we do well inspections but we find at least as many issues with wells. I think buyers and agents turn on the water in the house and go “oh there is water, the well must be fine” and that is Not Necessarily True.

We frequently find minor issues: sample ports and shutoff valves that don’t work or are broken, broken pressure gauges, unsealed wire holes, etc.

The bigger issue is that pressure systems can still produce water even if they are beginning to wear out.

Your pressure system should have a pressure gauge, a pressure switch, and a pressure tank. This system controls your pump – so if its not working right, it can run down your pump. Replacing the whole pressure system usually runs about $600-$1,000; but, replacing a pump usually starts at a few thousand and goes up based on well depth, if the electrical or piping needs replaced, etc.

A well inspection checks for signs that the pressure system is not working properly.

For more information on well inspections, please see our Well Inspections page.

Pictures – both from wells that were working. A corroded pressure switch and a pressure switch in good condition. (Note: this is an electrical component, so corrosion should be avoided.)

Arranging access with the seller

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 use the showing service or get the list agent’s info for any questions, paperwork, access, etc that we need.
  • If it’s listed in with an agent in another MLS (Jackson, Swain, Macon, Mitchell, etc) or not in an MLS – please provide us with the list agent’s contact info for any questions, paperwork, access, etc that we need.
  • If it’s a For Sale By Owner, please let us know upfront and provide us with seller’s name, email, and phone numbers. We will contact them directly with any questions, paperwork, access info/permission, that we need.

In our experience, it has always been better for us to communicate with the listing side directly:

  • Scheduling & Access – we will of course keep our client (and their agent) updated about when it is scheduled for; but we have found it best for us to schedule in Showing Times or with the list agent/fsbo owner – that way the buyer/agent doesn’t have to go back and forth between us and the list agent with times and access info, nothing gets lost or missed in a game of “telephone”, and if something has to be rescheduled we can do so quickly and conveniently.
  • Questions – If we have questions about the property, systems, permits, etc, it is easier for us to communicate with the listing side directly since we know all the right questions to ask. (Of course, any questions or discussions about the services will be had with our client.)

Does someone need to be there for the Well Inspection?

We need access to the water source (the well head or spring) which should be outside. Please make sure it is accessible: if its in a shed, please make sure its not locked; make sure its not overgrown; etc.

We also need access to the pressure system (note: a spring system may not have one). This is most often located in the crawlspace, garage, lowest level of the house (sometimes in a closet like a hot water heater). It can also be outside, in which case its usually at the well head but not always. Please make sure it is accessible: if its in a shed or crawlspace, please make sure its not locked; if its in the garage, please make sure we have access to the garage (leave a key or leave garage unlocked); if its in lowest level or house, make sure there is no furniture or boxes in front of it; etc.

If the house is listed with an agent, we’ll arrange access with the list agent and no one needs to be there.

If the house is not listed with an agent, please make sure we have access to the pressure system. If we need in the house, if there is a lockbox, door code, hidden key, etc to provide access no would need to be there.

If it is a shared system, please let us know upfront and we can work out access with the necessary people.

If you think there is something we need to know (well head is hard to find, system is overly complicated, etc), please feel free to drop us an email with the details and we can reach out if we have additional questions – sometimes we may request someone be present if the system sounds odd.

Pressure System during a Well Inspection in a shed

Chlorinating a Spring fed System

Springs are literally water coming up through the dirt – they are going to have bacteria.

Depending on the set up and components, a spring fed system can be chlorinated to produce a clean test.

However, bacteria can come back very quickly and you may want to test it more frequently than a standard well.

If you are worried about the bacteria levels, you may want to talk to a well contractor about drilling a standard well or a plumber about adding a uv light to your spring system.

A spring fed water system – probably going to have bacteria

Do you need inside the house for a well inspection?

We need access to the water source (the well head or spring) which should be outside. Please make sure it is accessible: if its in a shed, please make sure its not locked; make sure its not overgrown; etc.

We also need access to the pressure system (note: a spring system may not have one). This is most often located in the crawlspace, garage, lowest level of the house (sometimes in a closet like a hot water heater). It can also be outside, in which case its usually at the well head but not always. Please make sure it is accessible: if its in a shed or crawlspace, please make sure its not locked; if its in the garage, please make sure we have access to the garage (leave a key or leave garage unlocked); if its in lowest level or house, make sure there is no furniture or boxes in front of it; etc.

Pressure System inside the house

If the house is listed with an agent, we’ll arrange access with the list agent and no one needs to be there.

If the house is not listed with an agent, please make sure we have access to the pressure system. If we need in the house, if there is a lockbox, door code, hidden key, etc to provide access no would need to be there.