Water Bacteria Testing

What is Water Bacteria Testing?

Tests for water bacteria assess a home’s water supply for contaminants and pollutants, such as chlorine, lead and coliform bacteria. Testing can also reveal an imbalance of the pH level and other factors to ensure that a home’s water is drinkable and safe for everyday use.

Mortgage lenders often require water quality testing for properties with private wells and most will accept a home inspector as an independent tester. General results are usually available within 48 hours, although tests for certain minerals and other contaminants may require lab analysis and take longer.

Impurities are present in any water source and public and private water supplies may be affected by:

  • Elevated levels of nitrates, including fertilizers that leach into groundwater
  • Heavy metal contamination, including lead
  • Dangerous levels of bacteria
  • Mineral contaminants, such as iron and arsenic
  • Fluoride levels

Home inspectors can provide water bacteria testing services during standard home inspections with little additional time and without the need for heavy or complex equipment. Subsequent lab testing ensures comprehensive and accurate results.

Identifying the Problem

Odors, flavors, colors or stains on clothes or fixtures all can be warning signs of possible water issues. See the EPA website for a list of conditions that necessitate a water quality test.

Specialty Inspection Services Information

Radon Testing

Extended radon exposure can result in lung cancer. Protect your home and your health by testing for radon with a local AmeriSpec inspector today.

Mold

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Septic Systems

Septic system problems can come to light in a variety of ways. Identifying an issue involves knowing what to look for, as some indicators can be more obvious than others - and that's where AmeriSpec comes in.

Carbon Monoxide Testing

This service determines whether your business or home’s combustible appliances are releasing harmful levels of carbon monoxide.

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AmeriSpec inspectors identify any presence of lead-based paint in and around your property. Our experts test paint, soil and dust to keep your property safe.

Pool/Spa

From pool pumps to saltwater corrosion, local AmeriSpec pool and spa inspectors conduct visual examinations and test all pool equipment to ensure it runs properly.

Well Water Quality Inspection

Well water quality services include testing for impurities and sampling and analysis for other quality parameters.

Irrigation System Inspection

When considering the purchase of a home with a lawn irrigation system, consider a professional irrigation system inspection from AmeriSpec.

Thermal Imaging

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Drone Surveying

Assessing damage on high or steep rooftops risks additional damage to the roof and possible injury to the inspector. Surveying by drone can avoid these risks while granting visual access to damage or deterioration of a home or building and the surrounding area.

Water Bacteria Testing

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An AmeriSpec inspector will professional inspector will observe, measure and evaluate the factors affecting energy usage in your home.

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During a Gas Leak test, professional AmeriSpec inspector will utilize instruments that not only identify small leaks at their source, but can also be used in areas where we would typically avoid placing our noses.

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As construction practices, materials and installation skills have changed, it has become common practice to have a professional inspector review homes under construction. Discovering incorrect installations early on during construction can help lead to a better built home.

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You could save thousands and prevent significant property damage with a termite inspection from AmeriSpec.

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