When is Well Flow Testing Needed?
Homes in rural areas often rely upon a well for drinking water. Well flow tests are commonly required by banks and lenders for the transaction to move forward when there is a well. However a well flow test is helpful for most people that are buying a property with a well.
When buying a home that relies on a well rather than municipal water you should consider a well flow test to determine if the water supply will meet the needs of the new household. If you move into the home only to run out of water on a regular basis, you will need to be prepared for an expensive re-drill of the well.
Well Flow Tests Remove Guesswork
The amount of water needed for an average household can be surprising. Showers, dishwashers, drinking water, cooking, laundry, toilets and watering plants etc all add up to a significant amount of daily water usage. The average person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. It is not uncommon for one or two people to sell a home and 3-5 buyers to move in. This drastically shifts the daily water usage, so what worked for the previous owners may not work for you.
A standard well water flow test is graded pass/fail based on a minimum 3 gallon per minute flow rate over a period of 2 hours. This confirms that there is at least 360 gallons of water on continuous demand at the time of testing.