Well and Water Testing
Appalachian Home Inspections LLC by Dale Shockey
Appalachian Home Inspections LLC by Dale Shockey provides well and water testing for private water supplies throughout North Central West Virginia. Testing is offered for real estate transactions, as well as private property owners performing regular maintenance. All wells should be tested at least every year for contaminants such as bacteria, nitrates, and other substances known to be of local concern. If any of the following apply, your water should be tested right away:
- Change in Odor, Taste, or Appearance of Water
- Known Contamination in the Area
- Infant Present in the Home
- Broken Well Cap
- Floodwater Inundation
- Prior History of Bacterial Contamination
- Malfunctioning Septic System
- Recurrent Gastrointestinal Illnesses Within the Household
- Home Water Treatment Monitoring
Is My Water Supply Contaminated? Bad Taste, Smell, or Appearance?
When properly constructed and maintained, water wells typically provide years of reliable service, but all wells eventually deteriorate or suffer damage. When well failure occurs, surface contaminants are likely to enter and foul the water supply. In addition, the groundwater itself may contain excessive levels of heavy metals and other chemicals that pose a health threat.
Sometimes contamination is indicated by an unusual appearance, taste, or smell of the water; however, the most serious health threats are undetectable by casual inspection. Contaminants such as coliform bacteria and high nitrate levels in your water supply can only be detected with laboratory testing.
Private Well Inspections and Water Testing to Keep Your Family Safer
Most public water supplies are regularly tested for a wide range of pollutants and contaminants; however, if you are the owner of a private well, it is your responsibility and duty to all who will use the water to have regular testing completed. If a defect is discovered, such as a crack in a casing, promptly repairing and/or improving your well will help keep your water safe and avoid the exorbitant cost of having to install a new well.
Appalachian Home Inspections LLC offers a wide range of water testing and well inspections to help keep your family safe. Contact Dale to schedule an appointment at: (304) 614-0636.