You think you’ve found your dream home and you’re already envisioning yourself living there. It’s got great curb appeal and the current owners did a terrific job sprucing it up before placing it on the market. But before you sign anything, you need to take a closer look. An important part of any home is its water quality. It can have a major impact on your family’s health and overall quality of life, as well as the lifespan of your plumbing system and every water-using appliance you own. In this month’s blog, the experts at Secondwind Water Systems tell you how to spot a water quality problem before buying a home, and what to do about it.
Signs that a Home Has a Water Quality Problem
A water quality problem isn’t always visible, but there can be telltale signs:
In the Kitchen
- Are the faucets and fixtures crusty?
- Check inside the dishwasher for staining.
- Are there plastic water bottles? (This is a sure sign no one’s drinking the water!)
In the Bathroom
- Run the water for a bit and watch for odors, particles, or discoloration.
- Check for staining or discoloration in the sink, toilet, and toilet tank.
In the Basement
- Check for leaking pipes or stains from old leaks.
- Run the water and look for odors, particles, or discoloration.
- If the home has a water treatment system, see if it is in good condition and working as it should.
The Importance of Home Water Testing
If you suspect the home you’re hoping to buy has a water quality problem, be sure to have it thoroughly tested. In the end, doing so may save you from headaches, worry, and expense. A word of caution: home inspectors typically don’t test for all contaminants in the water. A standard home inspection water test includes only 7 or 8 parameters that look for two health issues (there are many more, most of which are not visible); some issues that will cause appliance or plumbing damage; and cosmetic issues like staining. When scheduling a home inspection, ask which water tests will be performed above and beyond the standard.
Secondwind Certified Home Inspectors
If you need a home water test in New Hampshire, contact a Secondwind Certified Home Inspector. We have regional experts throughout the state who are familiar with the particular water concerns to each area. And because we test for all contaminants, you will have a clearer understanding of your water quality and what measures are needed to treat it.
Home Water Treatment
You’ve had your dream home’s water tested and it has some quality problems. Now what? If the seller fixes the water quality issues as part of the sales agreement, be sure to stay involved in the process. As the home’s new owner, YOU will use the system for years to come, and should be involved in selecting the water treatment company.
Residential Water Testing and Treatment in NH
Whether you own a home or are looking to buy one, the certified home inspectors at Secondwind Water Systems can provide the thorough water testing you need. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.