31 Oct 2017

Geothermal Well Drilling: How Does It Work?

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Water wells are pretty straightforward. You dig a hole in the ground to reach the water table beneath, add a pump and some pipes, and voilà – there you have it. Granted, there is a bit more work involved, but at C&J Well Company of Indianapolis, digging water wells is similar to digging geothermal wells. So why all the confusion over the latter? Let’s “dig in” a bit more, shall we?

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What Does Geothermal Mean?

Geothermal heating and cooling means using the earth’s natural and consistent temperature right under the ground to heat and cool your home. The idea is the same for heating and cooling energy, but since it’s late autumn we’ll focus on heating. With geothermal, you don’t “make” heat … you move it. The earth’s crust temperature is about 55 degrees, 365 days a year. We might have a foot of snow on the ground during winters here in Indiana, but just a few feet below our feet, the earth is still 55 degrees. Geothermal heating harnesses that temperature and moves it into and through your home.

What Are the Benefits of Geothermal?

There are several ways geothermal heating and cooling systems top their traditional HVAC alternatives. Geothermal is eco-friendly – since you are harnessing the earth’s natural energy, there is no need to burn fuel. Geothermal systems are affordable and often cost less than natural gas or heating oil to operate. They are also quiet, efficient, reliable, and low-maintenance.

How Does Geothermal Work?

Moving that heat takes a few pieces of equipment in what’s called a “loop.” With geothermal heating, there are two common types of loops – open and closed. An open loop system relies on two wells, one supply well and one return well, and circulates water via pipes between the two. In a closed loop system, a water solution is always in the pipes (think lava lamp), and is circulated through your home’s ventilation.

Where Should I Dig My Geothermal Well?

Great question. That’s where C&J Well Company comes in. No matter the type, size, or scope of your geothermal heating and cooling needs, we can help. Live in the country, suburbs, or busy city? No problem! We dig geothermal wells using the same techniques and equipment for standard drinking water wells. Count on our experience and expertise to choose the best spots on your property to dig and set up geothermal wells. Once your well is ready go, you can harness the power of geothermal energy to heat and cool your home, generate power, and even heat your home’s water and your hot tub, too!

How Can I Learn More?

C&J Well is your central Indiana expert in everything geothermal. From geothermal well digging, to heating and cooling system installation and maintenance, we do it all! Contact a team member today for a no-hassle analysis of your geothermal needs.

Winter’s right around the corner. Are you tired of dealing with an outdated or poorly performing HVAC system? Make the switch to geothermal heating and cooling today.

20 Sep 2017

Common Types Of Home Water Treatments

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When it comes to home tap water treatment, there are about as many options as there are brands of bottled water. In other words – a lot! C&J Well Water in Indianapolis is here to help you choose the right kind of water treatment for your home and, more importantly, your family.Common Home Water Treatments

Water Filtration Systems

Just as the name implies, this water treatment option uses special filters to remove impurities in water. It’s one of the most popular types of treatment on the market today. Why? Because water filters are generally affordable and because they work.

Filters themselves come in many shapes and sizes. From handheld bottles and pitchers you store in your fridge, to kitchen faucet-mounted and even whole-house systems, there’s a water filter designed for your particular needs. The media found in filters ranges from natural elements including activated carbon and sand, to chemicals such as potassium permanganate, and more advanced setups that rely on ion exchange. Depending on the size and type of filter you want, prices start at a few bucks and can increase to thousands of dollars.

Water Disinfection

Sometimes, tiny microorganisms can still find their way through even the toughest filters. Unfortunately, many of these invisible organisms – including e-coli and cryptosporidium – pack a big gut punch.That’s where water disinfection enters. Using physical or chemical processes, or a combination of both, disinfection systems kill any pathogens in the water supply. Ultraviolet or UV lighting uses the same type of rays found in our sun to disrupt the microscopic bugs’ DNA, rendering them harmless. On the chemical side, chlorine and ozone are often used to kill them in their tracks.

Water Softeners

Ever heard of hard or soft water? That’s what we’re talking about here. Hard water has all kinds of problems associated with it. These range from causing dry skin, lessening the cleaning power of your dishwasher and washing machine, and promoting excess calcium buildup on your water-using appliances. Like water filtration, water softeners are pretty self-explanatory: they reduce the hardness of your home’s tap water. In many softening systems, “soft” sodium or potassium replaces the naturally occurring “hard” calcium and magnesium, which leaves your water actually feeling softer and tasting better. Read more about the many benefits of soft water. Water softeners are long-lasting, low-maintenance systems that can pay for themselves over time by reducing the wear and tear on your home’s other essential appliances.

The list doesn’t stop here. Other common home water treatment options include reverse osmosis (RO), distillation, and a good old-fashioned water well cleaning. Not sure which treatment systems are right for you? C&J Well Company offers them all! Not only do we sell the parts and accessories you need to get started and maintain your home water treatment system, we also install, service, and replace outdated systems. Contact a member of our Indianapolis team and we’ll be happy to provide you honest, trustworthy, and hassle-free advice without the added pressure to buy something.

Overall in Indiana, we’re lucky to have safe public and private water supplies across the state, but as the old saying goes … it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Add safety to your home’s water and your family’s health. Talk to C&J Well Company today!

31 Aug 2017

4 Signs Your Well Needs to Be Cleaned or Replaced

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Your well water system should be treated like any home appliance, it requires regular maintenance and monitoring. Finding a trusted well service company is essential to ensuring you’ll always have a fresh, clean water supply. However, when your well has unexpected signs of malfunction, it’s important to act quickly. Here are four common indicators that your well water system needs to be cleaned or replaced.

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Sputtering Faucets

A sputtering faucet is an indication that there might be a damaged seal or malfunctioning pump. Keeping up regular maintenance can avoid issues like these, as they can be caused by build-up in your well. Replacing the well might be necessary if the pump is irreparable, but your well service provider can properly assess the situation.

Higher Electric Bill

This can be due to your well pump working overtime due to sediment build-up. Often times a proper cleaning done by a professional well service provider can fix this problem, and your electric bill will return to normal. However, if your well equipment is worn down due to lack of attention to this type of problem for a few months it may need to be replaced.

Water Isn’t Clear

Anything out of the norm is a cause for concern. If you are finding your water to be white and cloudy or yellowed, it could be time for a cleaning to flush out the organic and inorganic particle build-up in your well. A reddish brown is also a reason to schedule a cleaning, as your well probably needs to be bleached to take care of the extra iron and manganese in your water. The most alarming sign is if your water has a blue-green hue, as this indicates copper pipe corrosion. If the pipes are too far corroded it might be time for a new well system!

Low Water Pressure

Water pressure change is something well owners should always be aware of. If you notice a change in your pressure, even slight, check your pump’s psi gauge. If your gauge is showing under 20psi, it’s time to call your well service provider. If it’s an older well, replacement is probably the best option.

If one or more of these issues are happening with your own well, it’s in your best interest to call your well service provider immediately. Your water supply can have a significant impact on your health and wellness, so don’t ignore these signs of improper well function! Contact us at C&J Well Co. today to hear about the well services we offer.

02 Aug 2017

Choosing the Right Water Treatment Methods For Your Home

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Living in a city in the U.S., it can be easy to assume that the water that comes from your kitchen or bathroom faucet is safe to drink. Unfortunately for many, that assumption may be false. Without utilizing water treatment methods, Americans may be putting their health and the health of their family at risk.

Do you want to know how to choose the best water treatment methods for your family? This guide will tell you what to know about picking the right product.

Choosing the right home water treatment methods

In 2016, Harvard released the results of a study on water quality in the U.S. Over the previous three years, they tested more than 36,000 water samples. The results showed that water supplies in 33 states, supplying water to more than 6 million Americans, had unsafe levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances.

These substances are known to cause cancer, increase the risk for obesity and high cholesterol, among other health issues. Although the study focused only on these two chemicals, other dangerous substances have been found in water supplies across the country.

Even if the municipal water supply in your city is clean and safe, accidents can still occur. Water main breaks, toxic spills, and power outages can all affect water quality.

If you rely on well water rather than a municipal water supply, you may still be in danger.

But by utilizing water treatment methods, Americans can make their municipal or well water supply safe for drinking and anything else you’d like to use it for.

Water treatment methods

There are several different water treatment methods that you can use to protect your family’s water supply.

To choose the right option for your home, you need to test your water to determine what kinds of minerals, chemicals, or other substances are present. That way you can choose the right treatment to remove those substances.

Once you’ve analyzed your water, check out the following water treatment methods to choose the right one for you.

Water Softener Systems

If a test of your home’s water reveals high levels of metal cations a water softener system may be the best option.

This system will reduce the levels of magnesium, calcium, and other metals. While these substances are often safe to drink, they can affect the taste of your water.

Reverse Osmosis

Harsher substances like copper, aluminum, chlorides, and sulfates do more than just affect the taste of your water. In high levels, they can cause a range of health problems.

Reduce the risk to your health by utilizing reverse osmosis to reduce the levels of dissolved solids in your water.

Well Cleaning

If you get your water from a well, it’s essential to clean it every 5 to 10 years, to reduce a build up of harmful sediment and debris.

Ultraviolet Disinfection

Some substances in water can quickly make you dangerously ill. Kills dangerous bacteria like E-coli and chloroform before it gets the chance, with ultraviolet disinfection.

Filters

If your water test reveals sand, sediment, or iron, a filter can help reduce their presence.

Choosing the right water treatment for your home

Whether you’ve chosen the right water treatment methods for your home, or you’re still searching, WellCo can help.

WellCo provides effective water treatment methods to Indianapolis residents, helping to improve their water’s quality and taste.

We even offer a free water quality test, to help you learn what’s lurking in your water.

Contact us today to schedule yours, and start protecting your family’s health today!

13 Jun 2017

Does Your Well Water Need to be Treated?

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Having your own water well is a wonderful thing. These systems are low-maintenance and nearly hassle-free. One of the easiest ways to keep your well producing fresh, clean, healthy water is to keep an eye on the quality of that water itself, and treat it as necessary.

Your well water might need treated! Check out the warning signs:

Rain and Runoff

This time of year can be problematic for water wells for two big reasons – it’s rainy season and growing season. In wet weather, that water has to run somewhere. As it follows gravity downward, water collects debris along the way. If your well is in its way, all that stuff can wind up in your water supply. This includes agricultural runoff, such as farm pesticides and livestock waste.

From reverse osmosis systems to specialized filters, there are a variety of options available today to remove contaminants from your well water. Chlorinating your well is a popular and recommended DIY solution for water of questionable quality. Check out this handy how-to guide for chlorinating your water well.

Salt and Sediment

Love ‘em and hate ‘em. Those salt trucks and plows do a great job across our state during rough Indiana winters. However, when temperatures rise and grounds thaw, all that leftover salt, sand, and sediment doesn’t just disappear.

Excess salt is common occurrence when talking about well water quality issues. There are plenty of ways to test for salt and sediment in your well water supply, but if your water tastes salty or looks cloudy, it’s time for a water treatment regimen. Consider having your water professionally tested. Also, be sure to see the section above for DIY well chlorination, or talk to C&J Well Company in Indianapolis about more permanent treatment solutions.

Seasonal Smells

Your well water may look crystal clear and taste normal, but you still pick up a faint whiff of something odorous every time you turn on the tap. Does this sound – or smell – familiar? Our noses are pretty powerful, and can detect even faint traces of sulfur, algae, and other earthy/musty aromas. To combat these usually harmless odors, drop a fresh slice of lemon into your glass of water. You can also fill a pitcher and place it in the fridge for a couple hours before drinking. Or, use a carbon-based filter.

If the smells are just too offensive, give C&J Well a call and ask us about other ways to eliminate water odors for good.

Other Solutions to Protect Your Well Water

Making sure your well is installed on higher ground is key – the higher elevation, the better. It’s also a smart idea to install your well far away from your home’s septic system if you have one. Purchased your property with a water well already installed? Consider relocating your existing well to a better spot on your property. There are also a number of mechanical systems that protect well water and further treat it before it reaches your taps.

C&J Well Company is your one-stop well shop, and we offer these and many other products and services. All are designed with ultimate well performance, efficiency, and safety in mind. Browse our website, contact us, or schedule a no-obligation meeting to learn more.

We all love well water, and taking simple steps like those outlined above go a long way to protecting your home’s water and your family’s health.

19 May 2017

The Benefits of Owning Your Own Water Well

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Thinking twice about your tap water? When it comes from a local public source, there’s a lot to think about. From the chemicals that go into treated drinking water, including chlorine and fluoride, to all the microscopic stuff you hope comes out – there’s a lot more to municipal drinking water than simply turning on the tap.

If you’ve been wondering about installing a private water well on your property, consider these three big benefits.

Well Water is Cheap (Actually, It’s Free!)

One of the best perks to having your own private water supply is the cost. Or, lack of it. Once your well is dug and the necessary equipment is in place, you can say goodbye to water bills for good! Yes, municipal water rates are affordable in most places, but the average person uses about 100 gallons of water a day. Multiply that by a month and add a family of four or more, and those costs really climb. With your own well, you never have to worry about another high water bill.

Well Water is Reliable

Most folks take drinking water for granted – until something happens. Between broken mains, boil advisories, and other unexpected emergencies, problems with municipal water utilities are fairly common. Combined with aging (and in some cases, crumbling) infrastructure across the country, and even more problems for cities like Flint, Michigan are all but guaranteed in the future.

When you tap into the groundwater that private wells supply, you gain peace of mind. Another bonus of a well is that you never have to wonder where your water comes from, what it went through, or how long it sat in a tank or pipe somewhere before reaching your faucets. Well water is pumped directly from the source, right below your home!

Well Water is Healthy

Now let’s be honest … there is nothing wrong with municipal drinking water around here. That’s because our local water utilities work hard and invest lots of time and energy into making sure nothing is in that water. The problem is, when they treat water for contaminants, they also remove many of the naturally occurring and beneficial minerals. That’s where well water wins again.

Besides being naturally filtered, well water is often packed with minerals and other nutrients your body needs. It typically tastes better, too. Drinking isn’t the only way your body benefits either; water is more gentle on the skin in baths and showers.

We could talk all day about the perks of having your own water well at home, but don’t just read about them – experience them for yourself! Get in touch with C&J Well Company and learn how to get started with a well of your own. At C&J, we do it all: from site planning to digging; installing, maintaining, and even replacing, we’re your complete source for wells and drinking water solutions. Get off the water grid and start enjoying the many benefits of private water well ownership today.

10 Apr 2017

When to Have Your Tap Water Tested

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Does your tap water flow from the city instead of a private well? While the vast majority of municipal, or public drinking water supplies are safe and reliable, accidents do happen. In fact, this April marks the three-year anniversary of the start of the Flint water crisis.

Although we have “Well” in our company’s title, many of C&J Well Company’s clients rely on city water supplies. Here are some tips on how to tell if your water is safe.

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Use Your Senses

While you probably can’t “feel” if your drinking water is safe to use, your other senses won’t let you down. Fill up a clean, clear glass with water from the tap – does it look, taste, or smell funny? Cloudy water can point to sedimentation or chemical/microbial contamination. Water that tastes or smells like chlorine may come from your city’s water treatment process. In the spring, many municipalities perform an annual temporary water disinfection changeover, which involves suspending ammonia additions to the treatment process (a chlorine/ammonia solution is called “chloramine”) in favor of a stronger pure chlorine disinfection – a process also known as “burn out.” The water remains safe to drink during this time, but customers often report a more noticeable chlorine taste and smell in their drinking water. Speaking of smells, if you ever notice that distinctive rotten egg odor, it often comes from hydrogen sulfide.

And what about your ears? Although you can’t hear what’s happening in that glass of water, if your plumbing pipes creak, groan, or make other strange noises when you turn on the faucet, that may mean there’s something wrong with the system. Plumbing problems can lead to eventual water contamination, and you’ll want to have those sounds inspected by a licensed plumber.

Remember – not all water warning signs are so easy to see, taste or smell. Some of the most dangerous contaminants, including lead, arsenic, e-coli, and viruses, have no flavor or odor. Therefore, it never hurts to make it a habit to have your municipal water tested by a third-party expert at least once a year.

The Testing Process, Explained

When it comes to testing tap water, people have several options. City water customers can contact their local utility provider and request a test. The local municipality may send over an employee to collect samples, or instruct the customer on how to collect a viable sample on his or her own. Likewise, your county health department often provides free water testing, especially for households with young children, pregnant, and/or nursing mothers at home.

If you are concerned about a specific contaminant in your water supply, you can also contact a third-party professional tester like C&J Well Company. We will come out to your home, collect the necessary water samples, and have them tested by a State and EPA-certified laboratory. If results are positive for impurities in your water, our team can guide on what to do next. We also sell, install, and service a variety of high-tech and high-efficiency water treatment solutions.

You shouldn’t have to worry when you turn on the faucet. If you suspect your city public water supply may be unsafe, don’t risk drinking it … please contact your local water provider and C&J Well Company immediately.

10 Apr 2017

C&J Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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We are pleased to announce our acceptance of the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

This award reflects a year of excellent customer service to members within the local services marketplace in 2016. C&J customers left positive reviews and feedback through Angie’s List, helping us to achieve an “A” in all grade areas.

Your reviews have helped us showcase our impeccable customer service and we wouldn’t be able to do it without you! We look forward to continuing our efforts in customer service and providing exceptional well and water services to our local, Indiana community.

For more information on the Angie’s List Super Service Award, click here.

20 Mar 2017

Spring Water Treatment & Well Specials Going On Now!

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Spring is here and it’s time to save big at C&J Well Company. Warm, spring weather means special seasonal offers on a variety of our most popular water products and services.

C&J Water Treatment Spring Specials

Hop on our spring offers and save on your services, not one, but three times with our 5/10/15 Spring Forward special! For a limited time, we are offering 5% off of your first treatments, services and equipment for new customers. The second service is 10% off and the third is 15% off. Combine any three products or water treatment services in the following list:

This offer is good until June 20th, just in time for the first day of summer (and for more great specials!) Don’t miss your chance to save big at C&J Well Company!

As a bonus, 2016-2017 C&J water treatment customers will be considered for an automatic 5% rebate and the next product purchase will start at 10% then 15% for the following purchase.

Lastly, we are also offering our premium ¾ Grundfos Constant Pressure System for $3,500, along with $50 off of a service call for water treatment equipment repair.

If you’re interested, learn more and check out our other special offers!  

Indiana’s Best Well and Water Quality Company

For more than 20 years, C&J Well Company has helped residents across Indiana enjoy the best tasting, freshest, and healthiest water right out of the tap. If we’re new to you, we invite you to browse our website or give us a call to learn more. Whether you’re on a private well or a municipal supply, we look forward to serving your family’s water needs. Resolve to improve your home’s water in 2017. Let C&J Well Company help!

20 Mar 2017

What Types of Water Treatment Services Should I Use in My Home?

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Are you having home water quality problems? At times, incoming water supply does not meet expectations. Whether you have city or well water, all water can face the wrath of bacteria and contamination. Many consequences come from poor water quality and it’s important to have the proper treatments. But what kind of water treatment services should you use? We’re here to tell you.

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If you have city water…

The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and there are over 286 billion Americans who use community water. While the The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the quality of the water, it’s still a homeowner’s responsibility to monitor their water for contamination. There are many treatments that can be used for both city and well water. A few available services that are most suited for possible city water issues include tank softeners, odor reduction units and disinfecting methods. C&J’s single and twin tank softeners will guarantee fresh, pure water that won’t leave those hard-to-remove hard water stains on your household utilities. For more treatment options from C&J, check out their city water treatment services to keep your city water clean.

If you have well water…

Over 15 million U.S. households rely on a private well for water consumption, according to the CDC. Since you do not get your water from a public source, it’s your responsibility to keep it safe. For this reason, testing your water more regularly is highly recommended. Depending on your treatment needs, there are specific water softener systems, filtration systems and cleaning methods for private water. C&J’s Reverse Osmosis is a common water treatment service for the regular use and consumption of water year-round. This process eliminates dissolved solids, sodium, nitrates, lead and some types of arsenic. Water Softener Systems, Well Cleaning, Ultraviolet Disinfection, Iron Filters, Sediment Filters, Sand Filters and Chlorine Injections are other well water treatments that C&J offers.

Another rule of thumb for well water– Once a year, it’s necessary to have your water quality tested for bacteria, nitrates, dissolved solids and the pH levels. It’s also important to test the water more frequently while pregnant and if there is an infant in the household. The EPA details frequent activities that could affect the quality of your well water and the chemicals to test for. Common examples include testing for iron and manganese if you recently treated your water softener for hardness, or testing for nitrate, pesticides and coliform bacteria if there are agricultural activities nearby. Now, let C&J Well Co. do the dirty work. C&J can troubleshoot your water quality, determine the issue and provide a solution with our well water treatment services.

No matter the type of water you have running throughout your household, it’s important to stay up-to-date with testing and treating. Trust your senses when it comes to look and smell, but also be aware that poor quality water can also look normal. For more information on water treatments or to schedule a visit, contact the pros at C&J Well Co.