If you’re in the process of buying a new home, the home’s tap water should be tested for pollutants and toxins.

Water testing is part of HouseMaster’s comprehensive home inspection services, providing you with safety, health and peace of mind that your family won’t be drinking contaminated water in your new home. Home inspections provide home buyers with a basic understanding of the home’s water quality before purchasing.

HouseMaster’s water testing services include taking water samples to be analyzed by a certified lab. We will perform a basic water potobility test for:

  • Coliform (Bacteria)
  • Nitrate/Nitrite
  • Hardness
  • Acidity (pH)

We also offer expanded water testing for:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (Fuels)
  • Heavy Metals (Lead)

Water testing is particularly important if the home is in close proximity to agricultural land, mining, dry cleaning establishments, gas stations, industrial facilities, landfills or any establishment that could contaminate drinking water.

The good news is if contaminants are found in tap water, it’s usually in low level quantities and can be fixed with installing a proper water filtration system. Water quality testing should be treated as a health and safety concern, which is why it’s usually recommended by local authorities.

Water testing is a straightforward test that your home inspector can provide. If the water sampling fails a water quality test, these issues should be addressed before home buyers sign on the dotted line.

Note: These tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions or need guidance regarding a specific issue. Harrisburg home inspectors Dan Ayers and Scott Ayers, like all Housemaster home inspectors, have extensive training and certifications and are tested annually to meet the industry standards of continuing education, inspection, reporting, and customer service. As part of the oldest and most trusted nationwide home inspection business, Dan and Scott have been able to put their decade long experience in fire and water property restoration and their passion for customer service to good use in the professional home inspection processRequest an inspection today!