Well water problem


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Old 05-12-12, 12:55 PM
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Well water problem

I want to buy a house at 3321 Cason rd., toledo ohio and the realtor will not unlock the main water valve so that the water will flow in the house. The house has been empty for a year and I do not know if the well pump even works or what type of water is in the well. Once I make an offer on the house, the realtor will allow the water to flow through the house so it can be tested and I am pretty sure that the water needs to be tested after a year of the pump not running. What would this DIY community recommend as a next step for me at this point. Thanks
 
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Old 05-12-12, 01:26 PM
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Do you like the house?

Take $20000 off your offer for a new well and all new plumbing just incase.

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Does this hose have a well or is it on city water? If the house is on a well there should be no main water valve to lock. A main water valve (locked) is something you would have with city water (and no well).
 
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Old 05-12-12, 04:22 PM
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The house has been empty for a year and
I do not know if the well pump even works or what type of water is in the well

Dane????


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realtor will not unlock the main water valve

When was the last time you saw a house with a well that had a locked main water valve?
 
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Old 05-12-12, 06:59 PM
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Touché.....

Yeah its not common to have a lockable valve on a well.

You got me there.... But he did say well twice!!!!

( But you never know...LOL)

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Old 05-14-12, 04:24 PM
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Main line from well locked

The house has a well but, the house is connected to city sewers for drainage and that is how the city charges for sewage. The valve was locked by the city. Many houses in the area have connected to the city water and gave up the well but, this house has not. I will contact the mayor or city administrator and get more information. Thanks guys.
 
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Old 05-15-12, 06:25 PM
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Most real estate contracts will be written that you're making an offer of $xxx based on no significant issues being discovered during an inspection. You'd then hire your own inspector to ensure all the systems of the house are in working order. If you find the well doesn't work or a pipe cracked last winter, you can go back and take $yyy off the cost of the house or the current owner will pay to have it fixed.

Assuming they will turn on the water for the inspector, you should be pretty safe. If you want, you could probably take a sample at that point and have it sent off to be tested to ensure there isn't anything horribly wrong with the water.
 
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Old 05-18-12, 04:59 AM
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Thanks to all-very good advice Zorfdt, lawrosa, really cool help from everyone. This site is awesome for help. I feel more confident and will move forward.
 
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Well water followup

I finally got the well turned on and the city health dept. came and took a sample. As it turns out the sample came back bacteriologic-ally unacceptable. The readings were Ecoli 2 and Total coliform 62. The test person also stated in the report that the well did not have a state approved well cap. I have the instructions on how to bleach the system but, I do not own the property and will not pay for the bleaching, retesting or the well cap. The property owner will not budge on price so I am sure that this house sale deal is dead.
 
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The property owner will not budge on price so I am sure that this house sale deal is dead.
Sounds like it... though the seller (and the realtor) should probably know that they likely now have to disclose the fact that the well is not currently drinkable to prospective buyers. I don't know the disclosure laws in Ohio, but many places require the seller to disclose any known material issues with the property. So though he may not want to budge for you, at some point, he may have to.

Some times though, it is better to just walk away...
 
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Old 07-05-12, 05:09 PM
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Lawrosa, I cannot get the price reduced because it was told to me that medicaid is setting the price due to owner is in their care and that price is what they need for compensation. I am truly sorry for her problems and do not want to upset the govt.
 
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I think you should walk away. The next fellow will probably get the price reduced, but if you can't get it reduced after proving there is no potable water on the property (a deal killer) then it will never happen.

After the dust has settled, you might want to drop a line to the State department that handles Medicaid and explain what happened after you had the water tested. They need to know when someone acting on their behalf is being unreasonable.
 
 

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