Frequently Asked Well Drilling Questions

  • Do wells go dry?

Of all the well questions we get asked, this is probably the most common. In short, yes, sometimes a well dries up. It doesn’t happen very often though. If you are experiencing a water shortage with your central Indiana well, the problem may be as simple as a screen clogged with debris. In rare cases, a well may need to be drilled deeper to reach additional groundwater.

  • Is it the deeper you go the better the H2O?

This is not always the case. What may be true for some locations is not the same for other places. Well depth doesn’t always dictate water quality. “Deep” is a relative term and while a 20-foot well may seem deep to one person, it is considered shallow to another. Shallower wells tend to be more vulnerable to water contamination. Proper well cleaning and maintenance will keep your water clean.

  • Do you witch for water?

“Witching,” or dowsing, is an alleged way to locate water, oil, even gold, hidden underground. We have seen mixed results when drilling over witched well locations and have not found it to be more reliable than other means to pick a well location. That being said we have hit some really good wells when they are witched after struggling on a property to find water. In the end, if you want to have the site witched we will drill where you would like us to and do our honest best to yield the very best possible results. When we have trouble finding water we look to a few different techniques to find water depending on the lay of the land.

  • How do you know where to drill?

Good well question! Locating groundwater is a much more exacting method than simply drilling holes in the ground. C&J employs several proven techniques that include surveying and research to name a couple. We like to pick places to drill that are safe for everyone involved and convenient for our clients. The first drill does not always produce a well, so we rely on some industry tricks and proprietary secrets to find quality potable water.

  • What stage of new construction do you normally drill?

For our clients who are building new homes or other buildings that require a fresh water supply, we have several options for well production. If you require temporary water during construction, we drill a well midway through framing. If you need a permanent water supply, we wait until framing is finished before drilling the well. When planning to build, be sure to talk to a licensed, experienced central Indiana well driller like C&J who can answer your well questions and ensure the safety of your project.

  • How do I find out about well depths in my area?

For a well question like that, just ask us! Send an email to C&J including your contact information and the location you would like to have a well. We will do the geographic research for you and contact you directly with the results. Water tables and groundwater quality varies widely from places to place, even from property to neighboring property. Avoid the guesswork and let us do the hard work for you.


Frequently Asked Well Service Questions

  • How do I chlorinate my well?

This is easily one of the most important well questions our customers ask. Chlorination is a critical task every Central Indiana well owner should complete. Without it, well components can break down and water can become contaminated with harmful pathogens. Read our step by step directions on how to properly chlorinate your well.

  • Can C&J chlorinate my well?

It would be our pleasure! Chlorination is one of the many well maintenance services we offer. Simply contact us for more information.

  • Can C&J submit my water to an independent lab for testing?

Yes, this is another one of our services. If you want your Central Indiana well water tested for quality measures or to ensure its safety, contact us and schedule an appointment. We will come to your property and collect a water sample for you.

  • What does C&J recommend if I have a lot of sediment?

Another good well question. Sand, silt or other debris in water coming out of the faucets at home is a sign that a well needs cleaned. C&J offers a thorough cleaning service where we remove the submersible pump and lower an air hose into the well. Using high pressure air, we break free any built up sediment trapped in the well. Other companies use harsh chemicals to remove debris, but air is just as effective and doesn’t leave behind any harmful material. Air also cleans your well screen and improves the quality of your water supply.

  • What do I do if I don’t know where my well is?

A missing well is not as uncommon as you might think. A lost well head and vegetation can make locating your well next to impossible. Thankfully, C&J has the technology to help find it. We have specialized equipment that we use, and we are successful at locating old missing central Indiana wells about 90% of the time.

For More Well Questions, Contact Us

Don’t see your well question listed here? Just give us a call! The team at C&J is more than happy to answer any questions you have about well digging or maintenance. We are central Indiana’s leader in water and geothermal wells and pride ourselves on quality service and the best possible results. We are a family business after all, and will do our best to serve your family, too.


Contact us today to learn more.