Private Well Equipment Testing

Inspection Services of Central Virginia LLC offers the following private well tests, inspections:

  • Estimated GPM (Gallons Per Minute)
  • Pressure regulating equipment inspection (by observation only – Water is run at several locations to observe water pressure consistency.)
  • Well water quality testing (See another service page for more information)

Inspection Services of Central Virginia LLC can treat your well newly drilled or existing well, through shock chlorination. Here are the reasons to consider having your well water and casing treated:

  • It is common for a newly drilled well to test high for e coli. The drilling process contaminates the surface of the casing with e coli laden soil.
  • Wells that have not been in use for a period of time are equally susceptible to e coli contamination

Why have Inspection Services of Central Virginia LLC treat your well through shock chlorination?

For years folks have simply poured a gallon of chlorine bleach into the well casing and tested the water quality after flushing the chlorine from the casing. This is not a reliable procedure: Mike explains, “I watched an inexperienced builder attempt to shock a newly drilled well himself, prior to testing. It failed two successive water tests, because he did not know how to properly treat the well.

Shock chlorination of a well is a science that relies on adhering to a strict and thorogh protocol for success. Don’t waste time and money. Do it right the first time.

Private Septic System Inspection:

Drain field Dye walk-over test –

This is a rather crude and very basic test, but if you suspect a drain field is failing and no longer perking, this test may confirm the condition. Water is run for thirty minutes from two high volume locations. At the fifteen minute mark dye is introduced into the system. If the drain filed is in total failure due to reach its saturation point, the dye will flag where sewage is rising to the surface. This test will only manifest a major failure and does not offer a lot of assurance regarding heavy use of a system that is close to failure.

Also, if the distribution tank has just been pumped, the test is useless, because the tank will most likely not fill and distribute effluent to the drain field during such a test.

I short, this test is not recommended except to confirm extreme cases of system failure.