Merlina, Home Buyer in Asheville, NC

When buying a property with a private well in PA is there any way to check to make sure it will not go dry?

Asked by Merlina, Asheville, NC Wed Jun 10, 2009

Also, if there is a private well and a septic tank on a property we are considering buying, how do we make sure the well water will not become contaminated if there is a problem with the septic tank later on?

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Interpro, , Dallas, PA
Sat Sep 5, 2009
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The Options are:
1. Make sure that you require that the well be tested. This testing should include a water quality sample and also a short pumping test on the well. In addition, the homeowner should provide you with a detail of the well log. This log should have been prepared by the driller with the well was put in.
2. Also document the static water level and dynamic water level in the well.
3. On the septic issue, get the system inspected and if possibly conduct a hydraulic load analysis.
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Terrence Cha…, Home Owner, Allentown, PA
Thu Jun 11, 2009
There is no way of "ensuring" that the well will not dry out. Also the septic system, I believe, is supposed to be a certain distance away from the well to prevent cross contamination in the event that the septic system goes bad or overflows due to the owner not having it serviced in a timely fashion. I am not sure what the requirements are, but your inspector will know.

Terrence Charest, e-Pro
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