Well Water Testing And Inspection In Maryland
Did you know that a privately owned well is exempt from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations that safeguard public drinking water systems? However, the property owners must ensure that their freshwater quality is safe for human consumption. When you need water testing in Maryland, ask for a well water inspection expert from Delmarva Building Inspections.
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The list below includes a number of pollutants that need to get checked according to the water quality insurance syndicate (WQIs). A WQI test evaluates the quantity and density of specific germs in your water. However, they are simple to test for, and the primary reason for water testing is for the existence of sewage or other disease-causing bacteria from human and animal feces. Although WQIs is often not the source of illness, they are often present. For a list of other bacteria and chemicals found in fresh well water testing and the diseases they cause, please click here for a full list on the CDC website.
When Buying, Selling, Or Leasing, Request A Water Inspection
Warm-blooded animals' digestive tracts, soil, plant surfaces, and surface water all contain coliform bacteria. Since it is difficult to screen for disease-causing microorganisms in water, coliforms are measured instead, even though these microbes normally don't make you sick. It is extremely likely that hazardous microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, could also be present in the water if the overall number of coliforms is high. Therefore, when buying or selling a property with well water, requesting a water inspection and testing is a must.
Testing Will Differentiate Between Harmless E.coli And The High-Risk E. Coli Strain
E. coli can be tested for on its own since it belongs to the fecal coliform group. E. coli and fecal coliforms are often not harmful. A positive test, however, can indicate that hazardous bacteria and that bodily waste have gotten into your water supply. Hepatitis, diarrhea, and dysentery can all be brought on by these nasty microbes. Therefore, it's critical to distinguish between the common harmless E.coli and the riskier E. coli strain.
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High pH Levels Could Damage Your Pipes
Your water's pH level will reveal how basic or acidic the water quality is. Your water's taste and appearance might get alter depending on the pH level. Also, your pipes might get damaged if your pH levels are too high or low because heavy metals like lead could leach into the water from the old pipes and could eventually make you sick.
Every Well Should Undergo Water Testing For Nitrate
Numerous food types naturally contain nitrate. However, drinking water quality with excessive nitrate concentrations can make people ill. Animal waste, personal septic systems, wastewater, backed-up sewers, contaminated stormwater runoff, agricultural runoff, fertilizers, and decomposing plants can all contribute to nitrates in the well water. In addition, the geology around your well affects whether nitrate is present in the water. Therefore, we advise that every well undergo water testing for nitrates. You should explore different water sources or water quality treatment options if your nitrate levels in the water exceeds EPA regulations.
You Should Administer Water Testing For Organic Volatile Compounds (VOCs)
Chemicals used in industry and fuels known as VOCs have the potential to be harmful to human health. Depending on where you reside, you should do a VOC test. To find out if VOCs are a concern in your area, talk to your water inspection expert about the well water trends in your area. Ask about carbon tetrachloride, benzene, toluene, methyl tertiary butyl ether, and trichloroethylene which are some of the VOCs to inquire about for water quality testing.
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You should test for other bacteria or dangerous chemicals depending on where the well is positioned on your property, what state you reside in, and whether you reside in rural or urban regions. These tests could check for pesticides, including atrazine, arsenic, mercury, lead, radium, and others. Call Delmarva Building Inspectors today for accurate well water testing.
If You're Having Suspicions About Your Water, Then It's Time To Have Your pH Levels Tested
Inspect your water once a year to ensure there are no mechanical issues, and test it once a year for pH, total dissolved solids, coliform bacteria, and nitrates. Tests for other pollutants should be conducted if you have any suspicions regarding your water. However, the simplest place to begin is to ask a local water specialist about any potential toxins in your area.
Water Inspection Testing Is Needed If You're Experiencing Any Of The Following Issues:
1. You've had issues close to your well (i.e., flooding, land disturbances, and nearby waste disposal site
2. You've changed or repaired any components of your water system
3. You detect a decline in the water's quality (i.e., taste, color, odor)
4. Your buying, selling, or leasing a property
Who Should Perform Your Water Testing? Delmarva Building Inspections, Have You Covered
Volatile organic compounds should be tested annually, including coliforms, nitrates, fecal coliforms, and pH. Your local certified building inspector, along with a state-certified (licensed) laboratory in your region, can conduct a range of substance testing. For accurate water testing in your area, call Delmarva Building Inspections.