Do I Need a Well Flow Test?
If you are contemplating purchasing a home in Rhode Island or Connecticut with a private well, a well flow test can provide you with the information you need to determine if a well system is delivering enough water supply to the home. A well evaluation can also identify possible repair needs or adjustments, and if another water source may be necessary.
What is a Well Flow Test?
The ultimate goal of a well flow test is to determine if the well is capable of producing enough water for daily usage. During the test, water is monitored as it flows out out the well and the well's recovery rate is analyzed. From this, the overall flow rate (gallons per minute) and the water pressure can be determined.
During this test, all visible components of the well system are also inspected. This includes the well head, the pressure (storage) tank, piping and wiring, and well pump.
What Should I Know When Purchasing a Home With a Private Well?
It is recommended that all well systems be serviced regularly by a licensed plumber or qualified well contractor. For all real estate transactions where a well is present, Onega Inspection Services suggests obtaining the well's service log from the property owner which will generally include detailed information such as: locations of the well's components, pump and casing depth, service records, well yield date, age of well components (tank, pump, wiring, etc.) and more.
We advise you to verify with the town or a well contractor that the location of the well is a sufficient distance from the septic system and drainage fields to prevent contamination.
How Much Does a Well Flow Test Cost?
A Well Flow Test is $60 with a standard home inspection.*
To learn the costs of other Home Inspection Services we offer, please visit our Pricing page.
*Pricing is subject to change based on the complexity of the property.