Will the selling price of my property be affected if I don’t get my water sorted?

Will the selling price of my property be affected if I don’t get my water sorted?

In the letter that many Councils now send to households that have failed their compulsory water test, the EHO’s (Environmental Health Officers) include the following paragraph “Enforcement action may be taken where the (Private Water Supply) Regulations are breached. We also alert prospective purchasers during searches prior to buying property to any danger or lack of serviced treatment equipment”. So yes, the price of your property will be affected if you don’t do something about your water.

buying or selling a property with a spring or borehole

buying or selling a property with a spring or borehole

What are the risks associated with drinking un-filtered spring water?

What are the risks associated with drinking un-filtered spring water?

Diarrhoea, stomach cramp, high temperature

Diarrhoea, stomach cramp, high temperature nausea, headaches and drowsiness are some of the symptoms that can develop after drinking contaminated water. The worst cases can result in kidney failure. The most recent research into private water supplies (Risebro 2012) confirms that over 50% of private water supplies pose a significant health risk. The research identified an incidence of diarrhoea 5 times higher than normal

Children under 10 most vulnerable

Children under 10 years old and visitors are most at risk of becoming ill from drinking water from a private water supply. The findings apply equally to springs and boreholes.

Drinking water from a private water supply can cause diarrhoea and vomiting

Drinking water from a private water supply can cause diarrhoea and vomiting

I have some concerns regarding your free of charge site survey: why would a company do this free of charge??? Are Springhill government funded/subsidised… Or is there a hidden catch?

I have some concerns regarding your free of charge site survey: why would a company do this free of charge??? Are Springhill government funded/subsidised… Or is there a hidden catch?

I understand this concern; Why would a company like ours offer a free of charge service? It sounds too good to be true.

The truth is, we do offer this service and there is no catch. We do not work for any other agency and we do not pass on any of your information to anyone else.

Before we can make any recommendations, we like to know the full picture. The easiest way to do this is for us to get in the car and visit site. Of course, being a business, we hope that you may spend money with us at some stage but I can assure you our first approach is as engineers. We want to understand the problem and identify the best solution for you. If its work that we can do, we would send you a quotation and then leave it with you to decide what you wanted to do.

Private water supply water testing in Calderdale and the North of England

How much does a borehole cost?

How much does a borehole cost?

How much does a borehole cost in the UK

Borehole cost will vary according to local geology and the size of hole

Typically, a basic 60 metre borehole (the average depth of a borehole) including the installation of a borehole pump and pressure vessel will cost somewhere in the region of £10,000- £15,000 with an annual running cost of £50-£600 dependent on water usage.

Borehole Hole Size

There are 3 popular hole sizes currently being drilled in gritstone areas (the geology in many parts of West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, East Lancashire, Richmondshire and Northumberland contains high levels of grit-stone). Prices updated in June 2020.

  • 4 inch hole costs in the region of £11,500 including VAT
  • 6 inch hole costs in the region of £12.600 including VAT
  • 8 inch hole costs in the region of £15,000 including VAT

As a general rule, where the borehole is being drilled in a gristone area:

  • an 8 inch hole may require less filtration than will be needed on a 6 or 4 inch hole, especially in areas where there is high iron. However, this cannot be guaranteed. UV and pre-filtration will probably be needed if the water is to be used for drinking and bathing.
  • A 6 inch hole will probably require some form of iron and manganese reduction filtration. UV and pre-filtration will almost certainly be needed if the water is to be used for drinking and bathing.
  • A 4 inch hole, with a 3 inch pump will provide enough water for a single property in most gritstone areas and will probably require an iron and manganese reduction along with a UV and pre-filter.<.li>

Quotes should include

The quotation will include costs relating to mobilisation of the rig, labour, ancillary equipment and support vehicles. All boreholes will include the necessary liners, grouting and casings.

Water testing

Following the drilling of the hole, our water test specialist will visit site and carry out a basic water test. This is free of charge. In some cases, the results from the basic test will not provide all of the necessary information, in which case a more detailed test will be required. The results of the tests will dictate what filtration, if any, is needed.

Borehole drilling in Yorkshire and the North of England

Borehole Driller at work in Calderdale

When washing clothes in the washing machine, the whites come out with orange staining, why?

When washing clothes in the washing machine, the whites come out with orange staining, why?

This type of problem normally occurs on borehole supplies and is a clear indicator that the water contains high levels of iron or manganese. The water entering the house may look perfectly clear, however, once air is introduced into the water e.g. through agitation in a washing machine or dishwasher, the iron precipitates and leaves behind an orange or brown stain. Iron can be particularly problematic on farms where the sanitization fluids used to clean equipment cause the iron to precipitate, leaving unsightly stains on what is otherwise sterile equipment.