Wells and septic systems are an important part of your health and the health of the environment. If you are concerned about the function of the well, if your water is safe to drink, and if you septic is functioning at your home or a home you are interested in purchasing, please contact us and we can provide you with a comprehensive report and review. Please see below for more information, including pricing, on the inspections that Gatesman Environmental provides. If you are in need of a septic system design, please visit our Engineering & Septic Design page.
WELL PRODUCTION RATE TEST
Well tests consist of a two hour draw-down test to determine production rate and a comprehensive report. There is a visual inspection of the residential well system, well head, pressure tank, internal piping to pressure tank, and cistern, if applicable. The draw-down test is to test the efficiency of the well pump and the aquifer output in accordance to the documented well permit. This tests gives a representation of the actual well production. There is an optional water quality test for potability (see below). You will receive a detailed, easy to read report that reviews the condition and production rate of the well system.
WATER QUALITY ANALYSES
Water quality analyses are to determine the potability of your water source. Water quality of your aquifer and tap water may be different, therefore, Gatesman Environmental provides and suggest water quality tests of both your aquifer output and tap water to assess effects of home piping and water treatment systems on consumable water.
Tap water (consumable water) is under the influence of piping and possibly water treatment systems. Water can corrode piping and water treatment systems can fail without your knowledge. A test of the tap water can inform you if the drinking water in you home is safe for you and your family. Testing both aquifer and tap water is suggested to determine the actual water quality prior to home influence (aquifer water) and to see if the tap water is safe to drink. For example, the aquifer water may be safe to drink, but after the influence of piping and possible malfunctioned treatment systems, you consumable water is not safe. Or a tap water test can give you a false sense of safety if there are treatment systems in your home - it is good to determine what the water quality of the aquifer is safe to make sure the well is not contaminated.
Water Analyses include:
Aquifer/Well Output - coliform bacteria and E-coli, pH, alkalinity, chlorine, halides, hardness, total iron, nitrite, nitrate, sulfate, scaling (LSI, PSI, RSI), TDS, corrosive aggressive index
Tap Water (influenced by piping & treatment systems) - alkalinity, chlorine, copper, halides, hardness, total iron, total lead, sulfate, scaling (LSI, PSI, RSI), TDS, corrosive aggressive index
SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTIONS
Septic inspections follow the National Association for Wastewater Technician protocols for the USEPA and consist of inspecting absorption field, examining the inside of the treatment tanks, evaluating connections and pumping stations, if applicable, and a comprehensive report. The absorption field will be visually inspected for system backups and drainage levels. Examination of the treatment tanks and the inlet and outlet baffles will be conducted to determine the condition of system and if there are any cracks, corrosion, or leakage. The waste lines will be inspected to determine if they are properly discharging to the approved waste system. You will receive a detailed, easy to read report that reviews the condition and any problems of the septic system.
Water Quality - Aquifer/Well Output
Water Quality - Tap/Drinking Water
Residential Well and Sanitation Inspection PACKAGE
(the four items above)
**THERE IS A $150 CHARGE IF THE LIDS TO THE SEPTIC SYSTEM ARE NOT EXPOSED PRIOR TO THE INSPECTION. A PHOTOGRAPH WILL BE REQUIRED AS PROOF**