September 18, 2012

Well Drilling

The most valuable asset you can have for your home or business is a clean, potable, and abundant water supply. Whether it’s for home use or irrigation a water well can be the most important investment you make in your home or business. Becoming informed is the most valuable tool you have before making this investment.

What are the basics of a Water Well?

A well is a bored hole in the ground. Steel or plastic well casing will be placed in the bore hole to support unstable earth formations. A seal is placed at the bottom of the casing to prevent contamination into the well from surface water. The stable formation beneath the casing is often the water bearing zone. In this zone a liner and gravel pack may be installed depending on the formation. After completion the well is then tested for water yield. This is done by either blowing air into the well or bailing the well. Your contractor may also perform some basic water quality tests at this point. Once construction has been completed your contractor will produce a well log which acts as a blue print for both the earth formation they encountered and a build sheet for the well. With this well log a pump contractor can design your new pump system.

How do I choose a Well drilling Contractor?

The easiest way to get started is to give us a call and we can point you towards the best contractors in your area. Often times the best contractor for your situation will be determined by which area you are going to be drilling in. Drillers who are the most familiar with certain communities are often the best choice as their equipment is suited for the particular formations and they have the most experience for what to expect during the drilling process. We can also point you towards well drilling companies, who are honest, licensed, and professional. The best piece of advice we can give when choosing a drilling contractor is ask around, call and ask us, ask a neighbor, ask your builder, or you can also check with the Oregon Ground Water Association.

How Much does it cost to drill a Well?

There is never an exact number until the project is finished. Each well formation can and will be different then another. The best thing to do is when looking over a proposal from a drilling contractor make sure they have specific pricing on the following.

• Price of drilling per foot
• Price and size of casing per foot
• Cost of materials per unit “such as seal, cement, ect.”
• Cost of liner per foot
• Cost of development and testing.

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