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Private Well Inside House?

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WICRA16

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Ok, I did an FHA inspection. Well head is located inside the house on the main floor (home has crawl space). I flagged this and now lender is FREAKIN!! I reviewed regs and it says little to nothing about this type of issue other than a well can be within foundation walls if adequate water egress is available. This is not the case. If this well backs up or floods, significant damage will occur to the interior of the home.

Anybody ever deal with anything like this?
 

Mr Rex

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5. Is a well located in the basement okay? If not allowed by FHA, what if local laws permit it?
[FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]An existing property, which is serviced by a well located within the foundations walls of the dwelling, is acceptable as security for FHA-insured financing only when the local jurisdiction recognizes and permits such a location. A well located within the foundation walls of new construction is not acceptable except in arctic or sub-arctic regions.
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RSW

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5. Is a well located in the basement okay? If not allowed by FHA, what if local laws permit it?
[FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]An existing property, which is serviced by a well located within the foundations walls of the dwelling, is acceptable as security for FHA-insured financing only when the local jurisdiction recognizes and permits such a location. A well located within the foundation walls of new construction is not acceptable except in arctic or sub-arctic regions. [/FONT]


Don't think we have to worry about that around here!

Rex is correct!
 

WICRA16

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Local building codes have nothing to say about the wells, but DNR does have requirements that wells need to be outside. Is this enough to satisfy the "local laws" criteria?
 

Farm Gal

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Joel- Is the well inaccesible from the house interior (located ONLY in the crawl space) or does it have access from the main level?

You said 'well-head' - does this mean that the well provides the primary source of water for the residence?

Lastly define the concern with 'adequate water egress' - does this well have a habit of going artesian?

If not, has it ever floodded the house?!?!? Noting the atypical condition, and moving on may be sufficent.

Did more than one FHA interior wells over the years - none recently.
 

Don Clark

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Joel- Is the well inaccesible from the house interior (located ONLY in the crawl space) or does it have access from the main level?

You said 'well-head' - does this mean that the well provides the primary source of water for the residence?

Lastly define the concern with 'adequate water egress' - does this well have a habit of going artesian?

If not, has it ever floodded the house?!?!? Noting the atypical condition, and moving on may be sufficent.

Did more than one FHA interior wells over the years - none recently.


I would have to agree with Lee Ann. If indoor pools are permitted, why not indoor wells? I would note it's location, and let the DEU handle it.
 

Mike Boyd

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I agree with LeeAnn and Don. The simple act of a pipe breaking under the sink or in the walls, whether a well or public water, can also cause singificant damage.
 

KimB in PA

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In my office within the past week we have seen 3 properties with Wells in odd places, 1 in a basement (still waiting for township to let me know if there is a well permit for it) 1 outside the foundation of the house, but has recently had a foundation placed around it with a roof.. acting as a shed. The third was located under a porch which had a some sort of foundation.

Thanks Mr. Rex for the clearification on it tho.
 
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