Certified Lab Analysis for Residential Water Testing
Well water testing should be done annually, usually in the Spring, but anytime is fine. Many homes in and around the Knoxville and Tri-Cities area have their own water wells. While well water can be among the highest quality water in the world, sometimes it is not fit to drink, even though it looks and tastes pure.
Having your well water tested is more than just a good idea. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends having well water tested annually for coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. These and other harmful things can get into your water supply and cause many different types of sickness to those who drink it.
Effective Home Inspections of Tennessee can provide you with thorough, certified water analysis services along with standard home inspections in order to help you make the best possible decision when you are trying to purchase a home.
The EPA does not regulate private household wells or the buying or selling of homes, which means that there are no EPA testing requirements for wells. However, the buyer’s lending agency may require that well water pass a water quality inspection in order to check for bacteria, nitrate, and lead prior to approving a loan. Some state drinking water agencies may require well testing prior to sale.
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends well owners test their water at least once per year for bacteria, nitrates, and any contaminants that may be an issue in your area.
More frequent testing should be considered if:
There is a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water, or if a problem occurs such as a broken well cap, inundation by floodwaters, or a new contamination source.
The well has a history of bacterial contamination.
The septic system has recently malfunctioned.
Family members or house guests have recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness.
An infant is living in the home.
To monitor the efficiency and performance of home water treatment equipment.
Effective Home Inspections of Tennessee uses methods approved by the EPA and conforming to the Federal Housing Authority guidelines. Your water will be sampled and submitted to a state licensed and approved lab for testing. When the results come back the results are delivered in a full Report format including health risk analysis for each contaminant detected, remediation recommendations (if you have selected this in your settings) and nearby results. Click on the below tabs to learn more.
City Water Test - 44 Parameters Analyzed - $225
Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Calcium, Chloride, Chromium (Total), Cobalt, Copper, Fluoride, Grains per gallon, Hardness, Hardness (Ca,Mg), Hardness (Total), Iron, Langelier Saturation Index, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Nitrate (as N), Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silver, Sodium, Sodium Adsorption Ratio, Strontium, Sulfate, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Total Dissolved Solids, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc, pH.
Basic Well Water Test - 6 Parameters Analyzed - $250
Arsenic, Lead, Nitrate (as N), Nitrite (as N), Coliform, E.coli
Expanded Well Water Test - 50 Parameters Analyzed - $325
Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Calcium, Chloride, Chromium (Total), Cobalt, Coliform, Conductivity, Copper, E.Coli, Fluoride, Grains per gallon, Hardness, Hardness (Ca,Mg), Hardness (Total), Iron, Langelier Saturation Index, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Nitrate (as N), Nitrite (as N), Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silica, Silver, Sodium, Sodium Adsorption Ratio, Strontium, Sulfate, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc, pH.