Buying A Home With A Water Well – What You Need To Know

Are You Considering Buying A Home With A Water Well?

It’s simple to overlook how essential clean water is to daily life in the modern world.

Water is essential to our health and wellbeing, from making your coffee or tea, to taking a long relaxing, hot shower.

You have now reached the point in your life where you are ready to buy that dream home in the perfect location.

But there is one problem.

The house utilizes a well, and you know NOTHING about wells and pumpsBuying A Home With A Water Well

You are in the same boat as most people.

You have grown up and spent your entire life utilizing municipal water systems. So, it is normal to have some trepidation about moving to well water.

However, with a little background knowledge on how wells work, you will be competent enough to ask the correct questions before buying the home.

Here are a few questions that you should ask.

What Kind Of Shape Is The Well In?

Most property with wells utilizes drilled wells, but in some locations and older homes, you may actually discover the well is bored or dug.

Drilled wells are much more reliable and safer because of lack of contamination.

Start with asking if the well is drilled and how old it is.  Wells should last at least 30 years.

What is the water’s flow rate? It should be 3-5 gallons every minute.

What is the well’s depth? Wells that have been drilled often descend 100 feet or more.

Are there any groundwater problems in your local area?  Find a local water expert for the truth.

What is the well’s total capacity? This is very important if you have a large family.

As a general rule, each person in a typical household needs 100–120 gallons of water each day.

What Kind Of Shape Is The Rest Of The Well System In?

How old are the pressure tank and pump?

Well pumps typically last for ten years. Be aware that you might need to set aside money for replacements sooner rather than later if you buy a home with outdated appliances.

When was the pressure tank’s most recent test?

Pump cut-in pressure, cut-out pressure, and the pressure differential should be periodically be checked on the pressure tank.

You should also be aware of how long it takes without any water running in the house to go from the low limit to the high limit.

Does the pressure tank or the fittings on the pump have any obvious corrosion?

What Is The Water Quality?

Groundwater is shared and even the best water systems can face contamination.

It is vital as a homeowner to check water quality on a regular basis.  If you are buying a home, you are responsible for ensuring that the well has been tested by a professional before finalizing the transaction.

Make sure you ask for the date of the last well inspection.

Pruitt Water LLC can inspect your well, make recommendations, and correct any problems you may have.  Give them a call at 352-231-3385 or visit their website today at