Water Quality Testing
Protect your health
Check treatment systems
Completed by CT Dept of Health approved lab
Through a certified water quality testing laboratory we can provide a variety of Connecticut water quality tests to help insure that your water is safe to drink and contains no objectionable properties (e.g. hard or acidic water that can affect plumbing components, high iron levels that can stain laundry). These tests can be packaged together for discounted pricing.
Though we can tailor a testing package to meet your needs or lender requirements, our two most popular water testing packages are:
BASIC WATER QUALITY PROFILE*
E. Coli - Coliform Bacteria - pH - Turbidity - Color - Odor - Chloride - Nitrate Nitrogen - Nitrite Nitrogen - Sulfate - Hardness - Calcium - Magnesium - Sodium - Copper - Iron - Manganese - Fluoride
STANDARD WATER QUALITY PROFILE
Everything in the Basic Water Quality Profile PLUS arsenic, uranium, and ground source lead in water tests*
*The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that private well owners in Connecticut should test their well for arsenic and uranium. These naturally occurring metals are found in groundwater in sporadic locations across the state and can lead to adverse health effects.
“Recent well testing in various towns around Connecticut has found arsenic and uranium,” said DPH Epidemiologist Brian Toal. “While the distribution of contaminated wells has been sporadic, there have been enough findings statewide to prompt recommended testing for both metals in all Connecticut towns.
OTHER TESTS TO CONSIDER
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)
WATER QUALITY GUIDE SHEETS
Well System Inspection
While we complete a free flow and pressure test as well as inspection of visible well equipment as part of our plumbing inspection, we can not complete a well depletion and recovery test under the scope of a home inspection. This inspection is invasive and involves dismantling parts of the well. As result, it must be completed by a licensed well contractor.
Don’t be fooled by home inspectors that state they provide a complete well system inspection and testing. Only a licensed well contractor can conduct the invasive inspections and system testing needed to insure that there are no major issues with the well or water treatment system(s).
A licensed well contractor will:
Conduct a well depletion and recovery test to determine system output (gallons per minute) and a check of the water level before and during pumping.
They will examine the pump motor performance (check amperage draw, grounding, and line voltage).
Examine the pressure tank and pressure switch. Conduct an inspection of the well equipment and any water treatment systems.
Provide concise, clear, written report explaining results and recommendations for your well.
Maintaining Your Well System
Although a properly constructed private well should require little routine maintenance compared to other systems in the home, these tips will help protect your well system and may keep it in good working order for years to come:
Get an annual well maintenance inspection, including water quality testing.
Your well should be checked and water quality tested any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
Periodically check the well cap and casing to make sure they are in good working order. A damaged casing or loose or improperly sealed cap could allow your water to become contaminated.
Maintain a clean zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels or livestock operations.
Do not treat the area around the well with pesticides or fertilizer.
Keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well to allow proper drainage.
Do not allow snow, leaves, or other materials to pile up around your well head.
Always keep your well records in a safe place.