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Well Inspections for Homebuyers



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), so you understand the safety of the water and the system as a whole, what you will need to do for your new home's water system, and avoid ending up with a costly repair that could've been addressed. 


To properly conduct a well inspection we recommend you hire a water well contractor who specializes in pumping equipment. Most of the time 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 setup

but should include: 

  • Ground fault checks on the well pump(s) and controller(s) 

  • Listing of well depth, pumping equipment, and type of system if known 

  • Check and documentation of the condition of the plumbing and electrical including any safety concerns

  • Observation of the pressure tank and or tanks

  • Flow rate test on "Gallons Per Minute" GPM of the well pump production 

  • Pressure test to make sure the system builds up to pressure 

  • Check for any bacteria-inducing agents 

  • Assess the condition of the well seal/cap

  • Look for good access to the wellhead

  • Check for any current filtration

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

  • A document with photos and all findings including a list of recommendations in a certified report 

  • Potability testing is an additional service that may be provided at the time of a well inspection. Water samples are taken to a certified lab for testing of bacteria, arsenic, nitrates, and lead. 

See the photos below for a close-up of some of the components we test during a well inspection.

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