Drinking water may contain several contaminants, some of which are hazardous, and some are not. Public water supplies are tested by the utility, and must meet stringent EPA standards. Nevertheless, even when the public water supply is safe, problems can originate in the distribution system.
For more detailed information, please be sure to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website: http://water.epa.gov
- LEAD – Drinking water may be contaminated with lead. This problem may originate with the piping, fittings and fixtures in the home. Over time, water that is acidic or soft, may have a corrosive effect on piping, fittings and fixtures, and cause the lead to leach into the water.
- SODIUM – Homes that use water-softening systems may have excessive amounts of sodium in the water. Persons on a sodium-restricted diet may be affected. Water from a softener may contain 100 mg/l of sodium or more.
- BACTERIA – Well water may become contaminated with bacteria resulting from faulty septic tanks or decayed organic matter that may have washed into the well. Dug wells are particularly susceptible. Water is analyzed for coliform bacteria to determine whether or not it is potable.
- pH – Acid rain leaching into the soil has caused some water to be acidic (low pH). Acidic water can cause deterioration of pipes.
Rick’s Home Inspection will guide you through selecting the correct level of water testing. It is important to choose the right test given the construction of the well itself and any known environmental influences or pre-sale conditions that could affect the quality of your water.