Well Water Testing

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Well Water Testing For FHA and VA Loans

Well water testing for FHA and VA loans is a 3 part test. The test is usually conducted in the afternoon so we can overnight the samples to the lab. The testing takes 2 days once the lab receives the well water samples. We test for Bacteria, Lead and Nitrates. 

Radon Well Water Testing

Radon can be found in well water. This is completely different test then others. Remember Radon comes from Uranium which is in the ground. We can test this as well with our other testing services.

Three Basic Types Of Wells And Well Construction


  • Bored or shallow wells are usually bored into an unconfined water source, generally found at depths of 100 feet or less.
  • Consolidated or rock wells are drilled into a formation consisting entirely of a natural rock formation that contains no soil and  does not collapse. Their average depth is about 250 feet.
  • Unconsolidated or sand wells are drilled into a  formation consisting of soil, sand, gravel or clay material that collapses  upon itself.

  

All private well construction is based on establishing the right location for the well, sizing the system correctly and choosing the proper construction techniques. Only professional water well contractors should install wells. They are familiar with the hydrology in an area and all local codes and regulations. Proper well construction is key to operating and maintaining a well. A well is composed of many components. The most important materials used include:


  • Casing is used to maintain an open access in the earth      while not allowing any entrance or leakage into the well from the      surrounding formations. The most popular materials used for casing are      black steel, galvanized steel, PVC pipe and concrete pipe.
  • Grout is a sealant that is used to fill in the spaces      around the outside of the well. It protects the well against the intrusion      of contaminants. A grout mixture can be made of cement, bentonite, or      concrete (each used separately).
  • Screen keeps sand and gravel out of the well while      allowing groundwater and water from formations to enter into the well.      Screen is available in many materials, the most popular being stainless      steel and slotted PVC pipe. Screen is used when wells are drilled into      unconsolidated materials.
  • Gravel pack is placed around the outside of the screen      to prevent sand from entering the well or clogging the screen and to      stabilize the well assembly.

Well Contamination & Signs of Well Contamination

  

A well can easily be contaminated if it is not properly constructed or if toxic materials are released into the well. Toxic material spilled or dumped near a well can leach into the aquifer and contaminate the groundwater drawn from that well. Contaminated wells used for drinking water are especially dangerous. Wells can be tested to see what chemicals, pathogens and other contaminants may be in the well and if they are present in dangerous quantities.


Things you can do to protect your groundwater and water well:



Symptoms of Well Water Contamination

Depending on the type of E.coli, people may show a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild nausea to kidney failure. Anyone who has been drinking from a contaminated source can experience vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains and mild fever 

About Your Well and Well Water Testing

  

For information on your well, contact the well contractor who installed it, or locate a water well contractor in your area by looking online or in your local telephone directory. For more information on drinking water and private wells:

  1. Wellowner.org
  2. US Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Water Systems Council 

What Happens If My Well Tests Show Contamination

 Water run-off from rainfall can contaminate private wells by washing microorganisms into the well system or seeping underground. Leakage of waste from underground storage tanks and effluent from septic leach fields can reach a water source and result in microorganisms being present in water wells. If your well comes back with high levels of bacteria, nitrates or lead. We can refer you a water specialty firm.