Easy Tips For Finding A Qualified Water Well Driller
Ellensburg Well Drillers
Use qualified professionals:
When your well needs service, make the effort to find a qualified water well systems contractor. Here are some considerations:
1. Make sure you select a licensed contractor to perform the work.
2. The contractor must be certified through the State of Washington Dept. of Ecology program for water well drillers and pump installers. They must also have passed the exams and take continuing education courses.
3. A qualified contractor will have adequate equipment in good condition to do the job.
4. Must have bond to insure and protect you.
5. Familiar with applicable health and safety codes.
6. Good reputation with previous customers? Don’t be afraid to ask for references.
Understand the problem:
When your well needs maintenance, have the contractor explain the problem so that you understand it. then it will be easy for the both of you to resolve the issue at hand.
Sometimes well owners become frustrated because they don’t understand their water well system. Sometimes the well owner does not ask enough questions or the contractor doesn’t adequately explain the problem and/or solutions.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you are satisfied. For example, over time the amount of water a well yields can decrease. Sometimes that is because the water table is dropping. Other times it can be caused by the plugging or mineral encrustation of the well screen, bedrock formation or the filling of openings in the geologic formation around the well from which water flows. No one solution addresses all of these problems.
Working with your contractor to understand the correct cause or causes of problems can increase your confidence and comfort level in moving forward with solutions.
A DRILLED WATER WELL consists of an excavation or structure created in the ground by boring or drilling to access groundwater in underground aquifers. This process is usually done by rotating a hollow drill pipe with a BIT on the bottom. Pushing high volumes of air through the drill pipe and out the bit at such force that the air will blow the drilled materials (cuttings) up and out of the hole with the upper part being lined with casing.
The CASING does a triple action, preventing the collapse of the borehole walls, providing housing for a pump mechanism and for the pipe. This action allows the water to move from the pump to the surface.
The casing must have a DRIVE SHOE attached to the bottom to prevent damage while driving the pipe to make a good seal with the formation. Drilling for water is a demanding operation where rock conditions can vary from work site to work site.
Below the casing, the lower portion of the borehole is the INTAKE through which water enters the well. The intake is an open hole in the formation below the casing. The Washington State Department of Ecology requires your well driller to log the formation of the geological conditions of your well as it deepens.
When the well is near completion, your driller blows the water with air to determine the yield amount. Then a process called BLOWING begins, this develops the water well, allowing the thick dirty drilling mud out and lets new & fresh water in.
After your water well is completed, a temporary cap is welded onto your wellhead, to prevent any debris from entering the well. A permanent vented cap will be replaced when your pumping system is installed.
Groundwater is almost everywhere, supplying drinking water for over 50% of the United States. Moreover, is an important component in many industrial processes. Groundwater is a source of recharge for lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The water table may be deep or shallow; and may rise or fall depending on many factors such as; heavy rains or melting snow and heavy pumping of groundwater.
A Well is a pipe in the ground that fills with groundwater. This water can be brought to the surface by a pump. Shallow wells may go dry if the water table falls below the bottom of the well. Some wells, called artesian wells, do not need a pump because of natural pressures that force the water up and out of the well.
Saturated Zone is the area where water fills the aquifer and the top of this zone is called the Water Table. The water table may be located only a foot below the ground’s surface or it can sit hundreds of feet down.
Aquifers are usually made of gravel, sand, sandstone, or fractured rock, like basalt. Water can move through these materials because they have large connected spaces that make them permeable. Water in aquifers can be brought to the surface naturally through a spring.
Groundwater Flow depends on the size of spaces that are between the soil and rock and how they are connected, which can be extracted through a well drilled into the aquifer and pumped out.
A Water Well Contractor cannot tell you exactly to what depth they will drill or the exact amount of water that the well will yield.
The contractor estimates by utilizing the information of average depth for your area (zone) and knowledge of ground formations. In most cases water can be tapped from 100 to 300 ft while in some areas 500 to 1000 ft deep is normal.
The First cost for your water well will be the permit, which is a cost set by the Washington State Department of Ecology or if on Tribal Land, a permit is required through the Water Code Administration.
The Second determining factor is the estimated cost of your well. The Drilling Contractors charge by the foot along with any drilling cost as well as pipe usage. It is important that your Well Contractor along with the Well Driller, is Licensed and Bonded in the State of Washington, with a reputable reputation. It is the Well Contractors duty to give a good faith estimate.
If the water first tapped is adequate for your family, then drilling can stop. If not, then drilling may have to go deeper. (A family of four uses approximately 300 gallons of water each day).
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Before purchasing a home you should require proof that your water well is of sufficient supply. If you are borrowing money from an institute such as a bank, sometimes they will require a test be completed. However, if you are purchasing on private contract seek assistance from a licensed water well drilling company before the closing of the sale. If a new water system or the upgrade of an existing system is necessary, through appropriate testing, part of the purchase price should be held in escrow to cover the expense.
The owner of a residential property with their own private water well systems should supply you (the purchaser) with information about the following:
Well Location and type of construction
Types of materials used in the construction including the pipes leading to the house
Age of the system and pump
Location of septic systems and its relation to the well
Is the water supply being softened and by what process
Is the present method of water adequate for your needs