3 Important Steps To Help You Prepare For Your Water Well Installation

Every home needs to have access to a clean and adequate water supply. Determining the ideal system to provide that supply is crucial, and you may find that a water well is the best solution if you are building a new home from the ground up or if you are looking to live off the grid. However, just as each house construction needs a great deal of forethought, the process of adding a water well also requires some planning and preparation. Here are 3 tips to help ensure that you are ready for your water well installation.

1) Confirm that there is a suitable amount of quality water in the area.

Some locations are not conducive for a residential water well. For that reason, it is vital that you ensure the water supply for your particular property is sufficient for your household. For a family of four, several hundred gallons of water might be used every day in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. In order for a water well to satisfy your entire home's daily needs, you will need to verify that the actual water supply can meet the demands. Additionally, you want to have a safe means of disposing wastewater. Otherwise, you could run the risk of your well becoming contaminated by a septic system or soil runoff. Your well service team can help you determine if your property is suited for a water well.

2) Guarantee that the actual site is clear and accessible for the service team.

Once you've decided that a water well is right for your home, your well service team will schedule a time with you to complete the project. When the drilling team arrives to complete the installation, they will need an unobstructed path to the site. The team must be able to maneuver and operate some heavy machinery in the area, so check that the spot is free of any hindrances prior to the installation day. Remove any construction materials, overgrown vegetation, or unnecessary vehicles, and have an access path in mind that leads safely to the dig site. You will also need to make sure that the land is reasonably flat and firm. It will be quite difficult for the drill to do its job properly if the ground surface is uneven or unstable. Take the time beforehand to make sure that the ground is level enough for the drilling equipment to function without difficulty.

3) Create a debris reserve pit.

As your well is being drilled, fluid will be pushed downwards before coming back up topside, carrying dirt, rock, and other waste. It isn't environmentally safe for this debris to remain on your property, so it must be disposed of correctly. To accomplish this, you can use a regular shovel to dig a reserve pit that will collect the fluid as it returns to the surface. This pit should be about three times wider than the water well and then lined with plastic. Do not bring in any drilling equipment until the reserve pit is in place. You can also rent a dumpster as a solution for discarding the solid waste created by the drilling process. 

Following these steps before your water well is installed can ultimately make the process easier for the service team and less expensive for you. 

To learn more, contact a water well installation contractor.


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