Septic Inspection & Well Water Testing
If you own or are considering buying a rural home, the house may have a septic system, and most likely, a well. A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment system that is commonly used in areas without centralized sewer systems. A well provides water for daily use.
It’s important that you have your septic system inspected and your well water tested. Well water can contain dangerous contaminants, and replacing septic systems and wells can be massive and extremely expensive projects.
Home Inspection Collective (HIC) can perform a thorough septic inspection and well water testing.
A Closer Look at The Septic Inspection
Our septic system inspection at HIC involves:
- Pumping the septic tank if needed
- Checking the sludge level
- Making sure tank and drainfield locations are ideal
- Ensuring the tank is watertight
- Inspecting cracks if riser lids are present
- Checking drain lines and baffle connections
- Sewer Scope
- And more!
A Closer Look at Well Inspection And Water Quality Testing
We start by checking the well for volume and pressure. Then, we run tests to check for the presence of coliform bacteria (caused by feces or sewage) and Escherichia coli (commonly known as E. coli).
We can also perform a full scan if you prefer it or if your lender requires it. A full scan includes testing for:
- Coliform bacteria
- E. coli
- Iron, lead, copper, sodium, and fluoride
- Total alkalinity
- Nitrites and nitrates (used in fertilizers)
- Total dissolved solids
About Septic Inspections & Well Water Testing
Replacing a septic system and well can cost more than $6,000. A new drain field for a septic system can cost between $7,500 and $25,000.
The most common way to eliminate bacteria from a well is through shock chlorination, a process that should be performed by a specialist. This can cost between $200 and $400. Another way to kill the bacteria is to have a plumber install a UV purification system.
Yes. You will want to confirm that the treatment was effective. There also may be other factors causing ongoing contamination, such as a spring-fed well.
Yes. Additional testing can be done per your request. Contact us for pricing and availability.
Contact HIC today to order a septic inspection and/or well water testing, or to add them to your existing inspection order.
No, although we are licensed and certified to do so, we have teamed up with other local business owners to provide you the same level of experience and customer service, and in most cases will be able to provide you a quote for repairs.