Real Estate Transactions

BUYING A HOME WITH A WELL?

 

Alcorn Pump & Filtration strongly advises any homeowner who is purchasing a home on a well that you get a certified well inspection prior to the close of the sale. Work with your realtor to get permission from the seller to conduct a full test (see below).

 

To properly conduct a well inspection you need to be a licenced electrician and plumber within the pump industry.  A home inspector is not qualified to assess the full pumping system, water quality and other potentially costly concerns.

 

Well Inspections will vary based on set up but should include:

  • Ground fault checks   

  • Checks on the full pumping system 

  • Flow rate checks on GPM

  • Check on the plumbing of the pumping system

  • Check all the electrical

  • Check to see if electrical and plumbing is safe and up to code

  • Check the age of the pumping system 

  • Check the pressure tank and or tanks

  • Look for bacteria inducing agents 

  • Check the condition of the well seal/cap

  • Look  for good access to the wellhead

  • Conduct mineral water testing for Hardness, TDS, PH, Iron, manganese

  • We can also take water samples for other contaminants required by your county and take them to a certified lab for testing.
     

FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS:

If you are representing a buyer or seller on a home with a private well, community well or water sources other than the city water, it is important to know the following: 

 

  • Different types of home loans can require different types of water testing and well testing. Some may and or may not require a well inspection.

  • Each county has differing requirements for water testing. Know the specifics for your home sale and plan ahead.

  • Water samples can take up to 10-14 days (sometimes longer) to receive back from the lab.

  • If a water sample comes back failed from the lab, the source will need to be addressed and a new sample taken sent to the lab.  This could take a couple more weeks, depending on the problem.

  • A proper well inspection needs to be conducted by a licensed electrician and plumber in the well industry. A home inspection does not include this.

  • Ensure you use a licensed pump company for well inspections to ensure the correct information and recommendations on the pumping system are listed. This protects both the buyer, the seller and the agent.

  • If the buyer wants a well inspection, we will need permission from the seller to be on site and inspect their well and water.

We conduct the following inspections and services:

  • Well inspections for real estate transactions

  • Certified reports for lenders

  • VA Loan requirements for home sales/purchase

  • Flow rate testing for wells

  • Drawdown testing for wells for ADUs or additional building on the system

  • County required water samples for Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, and Snohomish counties

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