We understand you might have some questions about your well and the services we provide. We’ve assembled a list of the most asked questions to help you with this process.
Simply click on the question and the answer will appear below it!
How do you decide where to put the well?
This is usually decided by the engineer when laying out the site plan, with such determining factors as: Distance from perimeter lines per local zoning rules; Distance from any septic system (yours or neighbor’s): 100 ft. on level property, 200 ft. if downhill from septic.
How do you estimate the price?
This is based on the geological formations encountered. Each area is unique, there can be differences even between your property and your immediate neighbor.
How long does it take to drill a well?
Usually one day to drill your well and another day to dig the ditch and install the pump and tank system.
Do I need a plumber to install the pump and tank?
Not at all. We can do the complete job from the well all the way to the tank. Since the pump needs to be sized properly for the well parameters, it makes sense to have your well specialist do the complete job.
What is that pipe that sticks up out of the ground?
That’s the well casing. This is needed to seal off possible contaminants at or near the ground surface.
Does the casing go all the way to the bottom of the well?
In most cases it is not needed for the entire depth of the well. It is installed into the bedrock a certain depth depending on the type of rock formation.
Why does it stick up above the ground like that?
Most health codes require it to be a minimum of 18″ above grade to help prevent contamination. (if you don’t like the site of it, and are not fond of windmills, ask us about our line of “mockrocks”).
How much water do I need?
Average residential usage is 250 gallons per day for a family of 4. This includes cooking, laundry, and bathing, with peak usage being in the morning and evenings. Many state and municipal codes will ask for a minimum of 5 gallons per minute yield in a new well for a single family residence.
We are buying a lot to build a home on – at what point in the process should we have the well drilled?
This usually depends on the timing of the different types of construction equipment that will be on your jobsite, and the location of the well on the site. For instance, will the driller be able to access the well location at the same time that the foundation is being done? It is best to discuss this with your general contractor and our driller.
Is there any recommended maintenance for my well?
Your well should give you years of trouble-free service. You should visually inspect the well head yearly, and you may want to have a basic bacteria test every year as well.