What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Home with a Water Well


Are you considering purchasing a home with a private well that provides it with water?

Before you do, you should familiarize yourself with the water well and the pump system. There are more than 13 million Americans who use water wells, so you shouldn’t be scared off by the idea of having a well at your new home. However, you should make every effort to find out everything you can about the water well and the pump system prior to buying a home.

There are a number of things you will want to check into when it comes to a water well. The first thing is the location of your well head. The well head should be easily accessible and unobstructed because you are going to need to be able to show a pump technician where it is in the future when you need your well serviced. Additionally, you should try and track down any records for the pump system. It should include the pumps make and model and the date it was first installed. This information will help you with maintenance and repairs you will need to do to the pump system once you move into your new home.

Outside of learning about the pump system itself, you should also try to find out more about its water production. You should have a four hour well water flow test done so you know how much water the well will produce for you and your family. You will also need to test the water quality to make sure the water being delivered to the home is safe for bathing, drinking, cooking, and more. Usually this will require to have a bacteria, nitrate and arsenic test to be done. You may also want to run a water analysis on the well to check for hardness in case you might need to consider installing a filtration device if one does not already exist in the home.

Pacific Pump understands it can be hard for homebuyers to learn about water wells when shopping for a new house. If you are thinking about buying a home with a water well, call us at 541-479-8955 and ask about the services we provide for those who need water wells tested prior to going through with real estate transactions.