September 15, 2015

Drilling FAQ’s

crandall-drilling-rig-duskWhat is needed to begin the well drilling process?
The first thing you’ll want to do to start the well drilling process is, after determining a location for your well, make sure you have the proper permit(s) for the job. You can obtain these by contacting your county health department. Crandall drilling will be happy to assist you with determining the best location for your well.

How do I determine where and when to drill my well?
There are a few things to consider here, starting with the accessibility of the drill site when considering the drilling equipment. You must be able to access the site with the equipment being used. Some well drilling rigs can reach heights well over 40 feet and you should take into consideration power lines, trees, inclines and buried wire or piping. You will also need to consider geology, hydro-geology, landscape, and other factors. It is always best to consult the professionals when determining the best location for your well. Crandall drilling’s team of experts are available answer any of your drilling concerns.

How do I choose a well drilling company?
When considering which well drilling company to hire, you should look at a few different factors. How long has the company been in business? Is the company licensed and insured to perform the specific work for which you are contracting? Are the experts familiar with the geology of your particular area? It’s always best to use a company which has a good amount of experience drilling in your particular area. Can the company provide references upon request? Are they charging about what the market will bear in your area? Never make your decision based on price alone. The common law of business practice states that one cannot pay a little and get a lot.

What will determine the overall cost of my well?
The primary factors which will have an impact on the cost of your well will be the depth of the well, distance between source and point of use, how much and what type of casing is used, whether any filtration or softening equipment is required, if so, what type? Different wells also have different usage demands, which could come into play.

How deep will my well be?
This is the sixty four thousand dollar question. Underground water is pumped from aquifers, or underground lakes, rivers, and streams, and just like surface landscapes, the elevation and depth of these aquifers differ tremendously from area to area. There are also differences in the volume of water each aquifer is capable of storing. So until a reliable supply is reached during the construction of your well, there is no way to predetermine the depth. Be sure to keep the line of communication open with your contractor while the process is ongoing.

Can you determine the amount or quality of the water?
The only time the amount or quality of the water can be determined is after the well has been drilled and the equipment has been installed. At that point we will be able to tell you how much water was found in your well.  Your water quality can be determined with a simple water test.

How much water do I need?
Different families use different amounts of water depending on their habits and lifestyle. You should take into consideration the number of people who will be living on site, swimming pools, lawn irrigation, frequent guests, livestock and other animals. A good rule of thumb would be around 100 gallons per person per day.

What size pump will I need for my system?
In addition to water usage, you would also have to factor in the flow rate, depth of the well, and static level. By combining these factors, your contractor will be able to design a system which should be able to meet your specific water needs and demands.

When does the pump equipment get installed in my well?
Although a small, temporary portion of the equipment may be installed, if needed, during construction to meet interim water demands, the pump equipment is usually installed at the customers’ convenience and discretion only after construction of the well is completed. This allows the experts to design the pump system to meet your demands.

Do I need to install any water filtration or softening equipment?
When your system installation is complete, crandall drilling will be happy to provide a water test to check for the presence of any undesirable contaminants or minerals which you may want to have removed. Relative to the results of the test, you may want to have softening or purification equipment installed.

Can’t I just dig my own well?
Yes you can! Just like you can build your own house or deliver your own children. But Crandall Drilling highly recommends that you leave these jobs to the professionals. Many things can go wrong when drilling a well and a licensed, insured well drilling contractor is equipped and fully prepared to deal with them all. There are also several state laws and regulations which must be adhered to and, unfortunately, ignorance of the law is no excuse.