Living Beaverton - Your guide to everything Beaverton


The pressure is on or is it?

How close are you to an area that still uses well water for its water source? Does the time of year affect the pressure of your water in your house? Does the property have a reserve tank? What does it mean when the reserve tank kicks on? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you may want to ask your agent before you buy that next home.

Living in the Portland area, it doesn't take that long of a drive to get to homes that still use well water for their water source, but what does that mean to a potential home buyer? Well, if the well is a good source of water and shows no sign of drying up, then really nothing, besides no water bill each month.

Photo courtesy of hisks

But, what if you are buying during the winter when water is plentiful? You may want to consider having an addendum signed that gives you the right to re-test the well during the summer months to make sure you will have water year round.

Does the property have a reserve tank? Many people with a well like to have a large reserve tank so even when the water table does drop below a certain point during heavy times of use, they don't lose water pressure at the house. That can be really frustrating if you are in the middle of a shower and the water pressure drops for what ever reason.

What does it mean when the reserve tank kicks in? It means that the amount of water the pump is bringing up can't keep up with the amount of water being used in the house at the time. There still may be plenty of water, but the pump just can't keep up. Let's say you start the washing machine on cold cycle, get in the shower, forgetting that the sprinkler is scheduled to come on at that time. You have a pretty tough load for even the best of pumps. The reserve tank kicks in and fills the gap left by the pump and the amount of water coming through it and you don't notice a thing.

I hope this answers your questions about wells and I suggest you talk to a well specialist and get any well tested before you buy any property that has one!

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


Reach out today, we look forward to talking with you!


Todd Clark and Seraina Aguayo (Owners of Respect Realty)

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)



Thinking of buying? Start your home search by clicking here
Thinking of selling? Find how much your home is worth by clicking here


Don't forget to follow us on Social Media to keep up with the latest real estate information






Comment balloon 6 commentsRespect Realty LLC • September 24 2008 10:46AM



I have two wells and an on site septic system on my residence!!! Hope everything's WELL with you! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

I love the photo of the well......even though the blog was informative, my mind went back to some rustic warm and wonderful place..:-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor almost 12 years ago

I live on a well and septic.  Haven't ever had an issue.  In our prior house we did....that was a huge problem as the house well was built way before the water tables dropped.  We had to re-drill.....a large cost.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 12 years ago

Todd- I am sure you know we have a lot of properties in my area on wells and septics. I always encourage buyers to order inspections on wells and septics both. Nothing worse than running out of water or having a funny spring pop up on your property!

Posted by Lori Franks, Brookings, Oregon (Real Estate Consultant) almost 12 years ago

Interesting post, Todd.  I didn't realize there were homes that still rely on wells for their water.  Like Liz, "my mind went back to some rustic warm and wonderful place"...

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 12 years ago

Fran - Oh, how funny you are...Keep you day job Fran!

Liz - Most of the homes that I find that are still on wells will put you back to those memories also, because they usually are older homes with some old charm and history.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments