Water Quality Testing

Water Quality Tester

Water quality and good tasting water is a concern of most home owners.  People want to make sure the water they are drinking is safe for consumption.  Many contaminants contribute to poor water quality. Sometimes, the source of contamination is simply a natural occurrence in the environment.  Rocks containing contaminants such as radon, nitrates, arsenic, and lead can contribute to unsafe levels in the water and can only be identified through a water test.  Other times, the source may be man-made, such as a failed septic tank, waste from households or industry, or pesticides.  There are many contaminates that can be tested in your drinking water.  Tennessee Inspection Services has contracted with fully certified and accredited Tennessee state laboratories to provide for any type of test that you may need, including VA/FHA.  We offer a wide range of water tests.

How to know if you should get a Water Quality Test!

Are you buying a house on public water?

Are you buying a house with a well?

A water quality test may be a good idea depending when the house was built…

The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation mandates that water be regularly tested to make sure it is safe and consumable but this testing occurs at the water treatment facility. Water can still be of poor quality on an individual household level.

  • Lead Pipes – Authorities began to change the laws around the use of lead pipes in the 1920’s. Until this time it was common to use lead for service pipes (the underground pipe that carries water from the street to a building). Even if leads pipes are not present in a home, the underground service pipes may be lead.
  • Lead Solder – Solder is the ‘glue’ that connects two plumbing pipes. Lead solder was not outlawed until the Clean Water Act of 1986. It is possible for plumbing up until this time to have been soldered with a Tin/Lead mix.
  • Compromised Pipes – Tree roots can compromise underground supply pipes

Yes; it is highly recommended that you have the water tested.

Private well water has a higher potential for water contamination than public water. This is regardless of whether the home has a drilled well or a dug well.

Many homeowners only test their drinking water for the presence of coliform/E. coli, however there are other potential concerns to consider.

It is highly recommended to have a more thorough water test performed during a real estate transaction.  Some lenders even require it.  Be sure to ask  your lender what is required.

If you buy or own a home with well water, annual water testing is recommended to monitor the potability of your water.

What does our Water Quality Test look for?

  • Total Coliform – The standard bacteriological method for assessing the safety of water
  • E. coli – Caused by human and animal fecal contamination. The absence of E. coli within a water system is used as the
    basis for considering water safe to drink.
  • Lead – Can cause issues of physical or mental development in children and high blood pressure or kidney problems in adults.
  • Nitrate/Nitrite – Sources in drinking water include fertilizer run-off, leaching from septic tanks, and erosion of natural deposits.