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Shopping for a Lake Home? What about the Water Quality?

You pull into the driveway of a beautiful Adirondack Lake Home, every aspect of the home is perfect. Level lot,  sandy beach, sunsets, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths on a 1 acre lot.  The price seems fantastic for the region.  This home is too good to be true and you are contemplating an offer. Stop you need to do some additional research prior to purchasing any lake home.   Water Quality.  Your first inclination that there may be a problem with water quality is the color of the water. In NH the state has graded each lake with a water clarity number and is available at the Department of Environmental Sciences website. Is the water crystal clear, tea colored or reddish? The home you are looking at maybe perfect but the lake is dead, or better said the water is suited for abundant weed growth and possible even cynobacteria algae blooms that are extremely dangerous.  What about milfoil?  Is the lake currently infested and  is there a plan of action to keep it in control if there is a problem?  When you ask your agent about the water quality and you get the standard answer I'll have to find out, you are not talking to an agent who is a  lake expert.  New Hampshire has three water classifications, Oligotrophic, Mesotrophic and Eutrophic.  If the lake home you are looking on is Oligotrophic you can feel pretty safe that the water quality is tops.  Mesotrophic you need to do some digging but 80% of the time the lake meets standards that you will find acceptable. I will not even show a home on a Eutrophic Lake.  No matter what state you are located in find a realtor that specializes in what you are looking for. Golf, skiing, snowmobiling, lakes, your realtor should be advising you no t learning about the lakes as you go.


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Sunset at Newfound Lake one of the cleanest lakes in the US


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