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Buying a New Home? Avoid These Water Problems

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Is your new home or lot prone to water problems? Buying or building a new home is an exciting journey filled with many decisions and considerations. While curb appeal and construction quality are important, it’s equally important to pay close attention to the environment around your potential home. Unfortunately, one area that often gets overlooked is the land, water supply, and septic system of the house. Neglecting these factors can lead to issues like low well-water levels, flooded basements, and contamination from septic systems, which can significantly impact your family’s well-being and the long-term value of your property.

What factors should you look for to avoid water-problem woes in your new home?

Land Assessment

Before making any decisions, you need to understand the lot where the home is or will be built. Here are some key points:

  1. Drainage: If possible, visit the property during bad weather conditions, such as heavy rain or meltwater runoff, to see how water drains around and beneath the site. If it is an existing home, pay special attention to the basement. A damp basement or water-stained walls can be signs of poor drainage.
  2. Landscape: Is the property hilly or in a valley? Properties on slopes or low-lying areas are more likely to have to drainage problems and erosion.
  3. Soil Quality: What is the soil like? It is hard, rocky, or sandy? These factors can affect drainage and affect the stability of your home’s foundation. They also can be clues to types of minerals that could be present in your groundwater if you have a well. Consult with experts to test the soil quality and its suitability for construction.

Water Supply Assessment

Access to clean and reliable water is a fundamental requirement for any household. When assessing the water supply for your potential home, consider the following:

  1. Well-Water Levels: If the property relies on well water, check the well’s depth and water quality. If your inspection shows low well-water levels, this could mean water scarcity issues and possible water shortages.
  2. Water Quality Testing: Next, have the water tested for contaminants, including bacteria, minerals, and chemicals. The presence of these substances can cause water problems that affect your health and require treatment solutions.
  3. Source Reliability: Finally, check the source of your groundwater. Ensure that the water supply can meet your household’s needs both now and in the future.

Septic System Evaluation

For homes not connected to municipal sewage systems, the septic system is a critical component. Neglecting its assessment can lead to hazardous health and environmental consequences. Here’s what to consider:

  1. Septic Tank Inspection: Have the septic tank professionally inspected to check for any damage or signs of failure. A malfunctioning septic system can lead to sewage backups and contamination.
  2. Soil Percolation Test: This test checks the soil’s ability to absorb and filter wastewater. Therefore, it helps determine whether the property is suitable for a septic system.
  3. Compliance with Regulations: Ensure that the septic system complies with local regulations and environmental standards.


While it’s easy to be captivated by the charm and interior features of a potential home, it’s essential to take a holistic approach when evaluating your options. The land, water supply, and septic system are integral components of your living environment, and their conditions can significantly impact your quality of life and the long-term value of your investment.

At U.S. Water, we understand the importance of assessing and mitigating home water problems. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about the environmental aspects of your home. By conducting thorough inspections, water quality testing, and septic system evaluations, we can help ensure that your dream home remains a safe and healthy place for your family.

Don’t let water-related issues surprise you after moving into your new home. Take proactive steps to assess and address potential problems, ensuring a bright and worry-free future in your new home.