Will my water have bacteria or mineral problems?
In northern New England, mineral problems such as hardness, iron and will vary. Water tests will inform you of the type and amount in your water and will tell you if a filtration system is needed. The well is chlorinated during installation to kill ecoli and other bacteria in the system. We recommend asking neighbors about the condition of their water to get an idea about general water quality.
Will I have adequate water pressure?
Several factors are to be taken into account.
• Flow rate: the amount of gallons per minute (gpm) your well produces.
• Pump system: size of the pump and storage tank
• Plumbing: size of the water lines, etc
I talked to several companies and they say grouting the casing into bedrock is expensive and unnecessary.
Though not required in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts, grouting casing into bedrock is mandatory in many states. Our years of experience in the environmental and geotechnical drilling fields, working with experienced hydrogeologists, have given us a more in-depth understanding of how to best reduce the likelihood of surface-water contamination and how to create a more stable well construction.
Each year we replace wells that have been installed by other drilling firms who have not set adequate casing and cemented the casing into bedrock. Over years of using our method, we have observed a higher quality, more trouble-free well which far exceeds any additional costs.
How long is a water well guaranteed?
Materials and workmanship of the well is guaranteed for one year. The pump system may be warranteed for a longer period depending on the pump manufacturer.
Why do I care if the first 25 feet of competent bedrock is sealed off?
The next time you drive by a road cut (where the rock has been blasted and exposed), note the fractures may extend from the surface rather deeply into the rock. This is comparable to having a small pipe directly feeding surface water, sand and contaminants into the well. By setting and cementing the casing deeper into bedrock, we help ensure against this type of problem
How long does it take to install a water well system?
The average system from drilling the well to installing the pump takes approximately three days. We cement our casing into bedrock to help prevent surface water contamination and sand problems. This procedure takes longer in the installation of the well. The area needs to be large enough to get the drill rig in position. Branches, low wires (cable, electrical, etc) can be an issue. It is best for us to survey the site for the best access and minimal impact on the environment.
How deep will my well be?
Several factors are to be taken into account.
• Adequate water supply: the amount to meet your needs
• Flow rate: the smaller the flow rate the deeper the well
• Geological conditions: water-bearing fractures in bedrock
How do I pay for my water well system?
We accept Master Card, Visa, bank and personal checks
What is the difference between a shallow (dug) and deep (drilled) well, as far as the cost and reliability are concerned?
A properly constructed shallow well costs approximately the same as a drilled well. With a shallow well you rely on a high water table. In the event of a seasonal dry period the well well may run dry. Additionally, the lack of natural filtering of the water through the soil and rock is reduced in a shallow well thereby increasing the likelihood of bacteria and surface-water contamination.
What happens if you don’t encounter water?
In our years of experience we have never had a dry well. On rare occasions when we have had low-producing wells, we have found that by properly sizing the pump and tank system, the well yields an adequate supply for the average household.
Isn't groundwater safe for drinking?
Groundwater is naturally safe for consumption with the overlying soil acting as a filter. Groundwater is usually free of disease-causing microorganisms. However, contamination of your well may occur following improper installation of well casings or cap, after a break in the casing or as a result of contaminated surface water entering the well. Contamination also occurs if wells are drilled in fractured bedrock without an adequate layer of protective soil and with less than the recommended minimum casing length.
In order to prevent illness, wells should be properly maintained and the water regularly tested for the presence of microbial contaminants.
Proper siting, location, construction and maintenance of your well will help to minimize the likelihood of contamination. The well cap should be checked regularly to ensure that it is securely in place and watertight. Joints, cracks, and connections in the well casing should be sealed. Pumps and pipes should also be checked on a regular basis, and any changes in the water quality should be investigated. Surface drainage should be directed away from the well casing, and surface water should not collect near the well. The well itself should not be located downhill from any source of pollution.