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Hawkeye Home Inspections (978) 897-7130, 405 Waltham St # 218, Lexington, MA 02421

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Water Testing

 

Water Testing We Offer:

Water Analysis

Water Quantity

 

Testing samples are usually taken from a household tap. The test results are delivered in 3-5 business days.

 

Water Analysis - Service with Home Inspection

 

Water is tested for these elements:

Alkalinity, Ammonia, Arsenic, Calcium, Chloride, Chlorine, Color, Conductivity, Copper, Fluoride, Hardness, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Manganese, Nitrates, Nitrites, Odor, pH, Potassium, Sediment, Sodium, Sulfates, Total Coliform, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity, Zinc

 

Cost: $295.00

 

Water Analysis - Service Alone

 

See above for description.

 

Cost: $345.00

 

Water Quantity Testing - Service with Home Inspection

 

Quantity testing (flow testing) can be done upon request for any client. It must be scheduled before the date of the inspection, since it takes between 3-4 hours to complete and includes the 3-4 hour flow test to insure the well is in perfect working order and that the flow is acceptable for your particular application.

 

Cost: $120.00


Some Reasons For Testing the Flow of the Well

 

  • New install of the well

  • Adding irrigation

  • Adding rain showers or Jacuzzi type fixtures that may utilize more water than the well is producing

  • Real estate transfer: what is acceptable for one family may not be for another


Recommended Minimum Water Supply Capacity for Private Wells


One of the most important factors to consider when planning to purchase or build a home is the adequacy of the water supply. The amount of water available to the home can be equally as important as the quality of the water. The question of how much water is adequate for a private domestic supply is a commonly asked question.


Available water supply is a function of both the recovery rate and the storage volume of the well. These two factors contribute to the actual capacity of the supply particularly if the well recovery rate is low. A standard 6 inch diameter drilled well can store 1 ½ gallons of water per foot of well depth. The actual volume of water in storage will depend on the water level in the well and the pump setting depth.


We recommend that a minimum water supply capacity for domestic internal household use should be capable of supplying at least 1200 gallons of water within a 4 hour period once each day. This is equivalent to a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute (gpm) for 4 hours. Some homeowners may find this supply of water to be less than desirable depending on the size of the family or if outdoor use is a requirement. Water supply capacities less than this amount may be considered a hardship by many homeowners.