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Job Site Preparation Checklists :: Residential Flow Testing

Below is a list of things the seller and sellers agent for the property I am to be investigating need to confirm and have readily accessible for our testing. I prefer to have one-on-one conversation with client to discuss my services and fees to ensure there is no confusion of what service I will be providing with the associated fee. I am trying to ensure the client is getting the service they are asking for. I can get background information from them to ensure I am better prepared to fulfill their needs and what the site conditions are before arriving on location.

If I am not retained to collect water samples, do not expect me to arrive with water bottles if I am going to be conducting a flow test. Water samples are to be collected prior to the flow test.

Standby fee is added to our flow test fee for any water sample collection consultation advice when we have not been retained to collect water samples and if we are to wait until water sample is collected by client or clients representative. Any delay in my service interferes with other scheduled projects I have booked for the day, and any delays impact on my other clients and puts their deadlines at risk. Make sure well location is properly marked and all snow, ice or plants are cleared from around the well by the seller before we arrive. NSE regulations make it clear that the well is to be made accessible for testing, inspection or servicing if required.

When booking our service to conduct a water well flow test for quantity client is responsible for the following:

  • if the well cap is broken or cracked it will need to be replaced prior to the flow test by the seller or the seller is required to have the well cap removed prior to our site visit to allow a one inch access for our probes

  • homeowners are not to do laundry or water lawns within 24 hours of conducting the test

  • we require unrestricted use to the water for a maximum period of three hours for pumping of one hour and recovery for one hour when we shut off the pump, which may prevent the home inspector from testing taps in the plumbing system or filling bathtubs to test jets

  • there needs to be an outside tap turned on and not frozen or access to an inside tap for our hose

  • the well cap needs to be extending above the ground surface, not buried under the snow or buried under the ground

  • if the well cap is buried under the snow the seller needs to have all the snow, ice and frozen ground removed from around the well cap, and the well cap exposed so we can unbolt and remove the well cap

  • we have come across properties where property owners have landscaped around the well cap and the well cap is flush to ground surface and the frozen ground makes access very, very difficult, therefore the seller needs to have all the frozen ground removed from around the well cap so we can have access for our equipment to unbolt and remove the well cap to allow access for the water sampling probes

  • if the well cap is buried under ground or inside a concrete crock under a deck:

    • the seller needs to have the well cap located, dug up

    • the seller needs to have the well cap unbolted and removed (I do not do this work, if the well cap has not been unbolted and removed I will not conduct the test, I have a standby fee waiting for someone to undo the well cap)

    • seller needs to place plastic around the work area of the well to prevent my clothes and equipment from getting full of mud

    • and the seller takes responsibility for reinstalling the well cap

  • if the well cap is buried under ground the seller needs to have equipment to pump out any water seeping out of the ground above the well cap to prevent the water from entering the well

  • if the seller is not willing to make the buried well accessible for testing then the seller needs to confirm the pump is a continuous rated pump and accepts responsibility for the 60 minute running of the pump at a rate not to exceed 4 gallons per minute, as indicated in the section "Optional Flow Test"