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A Water Checklist for Beginner Realty Investors


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May 30, 2022

Finding the perfect home is never easy, as there are so many considerations to look into. Location, parking space, available living space, all these, and more are taken into account. Where we tend to slack is in checking the available water source. Water is important both for cleaning but especially for drinking, and as such, it's vital to make sure that a new home will be safe to use. There are even further considerations to make when it comes to water and a home, many of which we may not even think about.

The Source of the Water for a Home

Investing in a home takes time and deliberation which should perhaps include where this home gets its water. It may not seem as thrilling as checking the location or looking at home designs, but water is an integral part of a home. Therefore, knowing where the water source comes from is a priority as not every home has access to public water sources from the city.

Private wells are the only source of water for certain homes and this needs to be known by any investor before committing to a purchase. Viewing the property should be enough to establish if the water source is from a private well or not, but even if the well is not a deal-breaker, its water still needs to be made safe even more.

Water Quality Based on Its Source

Private well water quality falls under the responsibility of the owner. Testing water quality before a purchase is not an unreasonable demand, especially if the source is a private well, however, payment for this will come out of the seller's pocket. This may or may not be possible depending on the decision of the seller.

If a filtration system is already in place with a private well, its effectiveness will still require regular testing, maintenance, and even replacing. Some of the best whole house water filtration and softening systems would work great in providing clean safe water to drink and use for cleaning, particularly with private wells.

If the water source comes from the municipality, its quality will be far better but it too can still have issues. Old plumbing infrastructure permits certain contaminants to seep in and reach consumers. Some more dangerous substances include lead or bacteria.

Cities will also not filter hard water minerals which will undoubtedly make their presence known with limescale deposits on tableware and in water appliances. When it comes to water even location is important. Whether with a private well or city water, certain locations are prone to specific contaminants like iron or hard water. Houses close to industrial areas or airports could display PFOA chemicals in water sources.

The Age of the House

Checking the age of a house before making a purchase is done as a way to gauge many aspects of the building. For one it can provide information about how it was built and what material was used, but also include information about the plumbing system.

The age of a house will indicate how old the pipes or the water treatment equipped is, so as to better gauge how much of an improvement will be needed. Older houses could also have older pipes made with dangerous materials like lead. Damage due to age is far easier to deal with than compromised lead pipes.

Water Drainage System

Still a part of the water system that needs attention, the drainage system is sometimes overlooked. Having a connection to the public sewer system is an important aspect of a home's water system overall. Having to deal with septic tanks is a real hassle and it can take a toll both on one's budget and on the amount of water that can be used, especially for cleaning. It would be detrimental for a new investor to find out that they are responsible for their own sewage and disposal of greywater.

With a property that has a connection to the public sewer lines, it's invaluable to know where these are in relation to the building and their age. Building extensions to a home cannot go over the main pipeline and this information has to be discovered from the beginning. Inspection of public pipes requires access to them and a garage on top of them would constitute breaking statutory rights.

Conducting Water Searches

Any prospective investor in a property will seek to undertake water searches. This is where all the information required will be gathered and offered to the buyer. These searches are not just limited to water as the land and other aspects will be investigated. Just on the water side of it, the searches will encompass what the water source is, if there is a connection to a public sewage system, where water pipes are located, both for bringing water in and draining out.

Another essential aspect included in the searches deals with waterfronts and rainfall. Whether a home has a beautiful view of a lake or is in any way close to a body of water, the impact it can have on the house needs investigation. Risks of floods are assessed and gathered, as well as how they can infiltrate and contaminate the drinking water source.

Investing in Water Quality

Even when the water source is proven to be from the municipality by way of public water mains, a great long-term investment in water quality can still be vital. Reverse osmosis systems and water softeners are great examples of tools that can help not only improve drinking water quality but also care for water-using appliances. A home purchase will mean new appliances that fit the home and these can suffer from hard or sedimented water.

Eliminating certain contaminants can even render cleaning products more efficient and prevent blockages in the future. Sedimentation and hard water are troublesome issues to address. Access to cleaner, safer drinking water with the help of a whole house water filter will ensure a reduction of unnecessary expenses. Fortunately, many water issues can be discovered before investing in a purchase or minor problems are easy to resolve with the variety of home water treatment devices available.


Thinking of investing in property comes with many checklist options to tick off, and water is one that must not be set aside. Whether knowing the water source and pipe layout around the building, all these and more must be taken into consideration, along with the more obvious aspects of structure or location. Catching problems early on is important but solving issues that arise later is just as vital. Either with preliminary searches or by investing in a water treatment method, problems can be tackled one way or another.


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