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FAQ

Drilling a well can have great benefits in the long run. However many clients have questions in the beginning about the process, investment and care for a water well. We compiled a list of those frequently asked questions here:

My neighbor has a well and didn’t have to drill that deep to get water – does that mean my well won’t have to be that deep?
Not necessarily, underground conditions can vary greatly within a matter of feet.

How deep will my well be?
Well depths vary dramatically from area to area. We have drilled wells from as little as 28′deep to as deep as 1100′ depending on the location and the customers’ requirements.

How long will it take to drill a well?
With our modern equipment, we are able to complete most jobs within 1-2 days. Pump system installations take an additional day to complete.

I have ledge on my property – is this a problem?
No, actually the quicker we hit ledge (or bedrock) the better since that’s where the water sits.

Is drilling a well a good investment?
Yes, most water wells will pay for themselves within the first 3 to 5 years. A water well is a valuable asset that will increase the value of your property.

Can you drill in the cold weather?
Yes, we drill year round.

Will my water well ever run dry?
Very unlikely. In over 40 years in the business, we have never seen a water well that does not produce water. In some cases we have had wells that did not have sufficient yield, however, never have we seen a “dry” well.

Can I run my home off the well?
Maybe, it depends on what town you live in. Local Boards of Health determine well regulations and the criteria for drinking water.

How can I best choose my well driller?
Choosing your well driller is an important decision. Experience, honesty, character, intelligence and equipment all contribute to the competence level of contractors. Reputation and professionalism are good starting points. Also remember to ask for references. Remember, the lowest price is usually a reflection of what a contractor plans to put into a job.

How do I know where to place my well?
Each State and local government has protective zoning laws regarding your well, and its relation to other features on your property such as culverts, septic systems, and property lines. Other criteria used in determining a well site is the accessibility for the drilling equipment to get in and out of the drilling site. Power lines and trees are also a concern since a 40 foot boom must be raised during the drilling process.

What is a Bedrock Water Well?
The typical bedrock well is six inches in diameter, one hundred to five hundred or more feet deep, with a yield of less than 10 GPM. Bedrock wells generally have steel casing set into bedrock. A pump is placed in the well at a depth with sufficient quantities of water to handle your water needs.

What is an Artesian Well?
This refers to a water well that is free flowing at the ground surface due to natural pressure in an aquifer, usually a confined aquifer, which causes the water level in a well to be above the ground surface. Not all bedrock water wells are “artesian wells”. Only wells in which water flows to the surface under natural conditions are referred to as artesian wells.

What is Groundwater?
Water stored in aquifers, which comes from rain and melted snow that has seeped through the soil to rock formations below.

What is an Aquifer?
Groundwater is stored in subsurface void spaces below the water table. The geologic material, such as sand and gravel, that stores, transmits, and yields groundwater to wells and springs is called an aquifer. To be an aquifer, it must store and transmit water at rates fast enough to supply reasonable amounts to wells and springs. Therefore, not all groundwater is stored in an aquifer.

What is GPM?
“GPM”, or Gallons Per Minute, … refers to the unit of measurement used to describe the yield of your water well.

Please contact us under 1-877-278-9355 to answer your specific questions.