03 Dec 2018

Water Wells Then & Now: Traditional vs. Pressure Pump Systems

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Water Wells Then & Now: Traditional vs. Pressure Pump Systems

 

In your home over the years, chances are you have upgraded things like your car, kitchen appliances, televisions, washer and dryer. So why rely on outdated water well technology?

 

C&J Well Company explains some of the differences and benefits of new water pressure pumps versus older but still common conventional systems.

 

Constant Pressure or Conventional Pressure?

 

When it comes to water pressure, which is better – constant or conventional? That depends on several factors, but the short answer is the latest generation of constant pressure pumps are best. Although both systems technically do the same thing, which is pressurize your home’s water supply, they do so in different ways. Conventional (also known as standard) pressure systems simply turn on your well pump when you turn on the water. Open a kitchen sink or a bathtub faucet, and the system pressurizes the water based on how much you open a particular handle. Turn on both at the same time, and you’ll notice a drop in pressure at both fixtures.

 

Newer generation constant pressure systems actually adapt to fluctuations in home water pressure, and automatically adjust your well pump so that water pressure remains constant. For example, you can take a shower and run a load of laundry at the same time without losing water pressure at either point. For families getting ready for school and work in the morning, say goodbye to arguments over who gets to shower first!

 

Advantages to Constant Pressure Systems

 

Constant pressure water well systems are more efficient than the older systems they are designed to replace. With a constant pressure system, you can reduce your water tank size and even the number of tanks your home needs. The sensors in constant pressure systems are surprisingly accurate, too, able to adjust to the slightest variations in water pressure PSI in your home. This means far less fluctuation in felt water pressure and fewer pump startups and stops, which also reduces wear and tear on well components. Constant pressure systems are ideal for larger families, larger homes, and households with greater daily water demand.

 

Advantages to Conventional Pressure Systems

 

Let’s use the television as an example. TVs have gotten larger, lighter, brighter, and more affordable over the last few decades, and they seem to keep improving every year. If you don’t watch TV very much, you don’t need the latest and greatest model. Likewise, a conventional pressure system that is still in good mechanical shape will likely meet your needs if your daily water demand is low. These systems, although outdated, remain reliable and are good for single customers or small families, small homes, and households on a tighter budget.

 

So, which system is right for you? Not sure if a constant water pressure upgrade makes sense or is worth the investment? Talk to C&J Well Company of Indianapolis to learn about the options available today!

03 Dec 2018

Well Drilling: 101 With the C&J Team

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Well Drilling:101 With the C&J Team

 

If you live in central Indiana and rely on a water well, chances are you’ve heard of C&J Well Company. But to enjoy all the benefits that come from well water, you need to start with a well.

 

Well, we drill those, too. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of wells, along with some of the expert services you can expect from C&J Well Drilling.

 

Water Well Drilling

 

This is our most popular service, and the most common type of well found around Indiana. Water wells are necessary to reach underground aquifers. The earliest water wells literally were holes in the ground, dug down until water started bubbling up. At C&J, our wells are a bit more advanced than that. We use hydrology maps and the latest technology to pick a spot on your property that will provide the most reliable, highest quality drinking water available. After digging, we use only the best well pumps and equipment to ensure decades of low-maintenance, hassle-free service.

 

Irrigation Well Drilling

 

If you are interested in using groundwater for more than drinking, cooking, and cleaning, you may want to invest in an irrigation well. These wells are designed for farmers, landscapers, and landowners with large properties. Irrigation wells work much like a standard water well, except that they are hooked up to sprinklers or similar outdoor water supply systems. For high water users – those with crops, livestock, acreage, etc. – relying on municipal water can be very cost prohibitive, and an irrigation well can improve your water quality while saving you money at the same time. C&J can design, dig, and install an irrigation well whether you are on well or city water.

 

New & Replacement Well Drilling

 

Tired of ever-increasing water bills from your local government? Already on well water, but dealing with equipment or water supply problems? Talk to C&J Well Drilling today. Our team has decades of combined experience on new and replacement wells of all sizes and applications. A lot of our customers are surprised when they learn they don’t need to live way out in the country to enjoy the benefits of natural well water. We have drilled and set up new water wells for many customers within Indianapolis and surrounding city limits. Likewise, we offer replacement well drilling services for old, outdated, or malfunctioning wells, or in instances when an underground water source runs dry.

 

Geothermal Drilling

 

Geothermal energy is fast becoming a popular alternative for heating and cooling your home or business. Not only is it more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels and other energy sources, it is cheaper, too. Geothermal technology taps into the earth’s renewable energy just a few feet below the surface of the ground. Down there, the earth’s temperature remains relatively constant all year long. Installing a geothermal heating and cooling system involves drilling underground and burying a network of pipes, called “loops.” Depending on the application, these loops circulate warm water in the winter months and transfer the energy to a heat pump. In the summer, warm air is pulled from your home through the pump and transferred back to the loop, where it returns to the earth. C&J has developed a variety of geothermal drilling methods, customizable to the size and shape of your individual home and property.

 

Other Indiana Drilling Services

 

In addition to the more common applications mentioned above, C&J Well Drilling offers a number of other well and drilling services designed to fit your needs. These include directional boring, test holes, pond replenishment wells, dewatering wells, well abandonment, and more.

 

When it comes to drilling, one size never fits all. Contact the C&J team today to learn how we can assist you.

05 Nov 2018

C&J makes straight A’s

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“We were in need of pressure tank replacement and since the pump was almost 30 years old we decided to replace it also. It was amazing to watch them flush out the gunk that was in the well and install the new pump. It made a great difference in the water quality after they flushed out the well. Pretty certain that was not something the last installer did. However, the constant pressure system they installed is to die for! After living here for 40+ years and dealing with low-pressure problems it was just something we felt we had to live with. Well, I am here to write you that they fixed the problem and we still are not believing the difference! Not only that but a lifetime guarantee included. All at a price we considered very reasonable. Really nice guys! Did a great job, as scheduled, and you wouldn’t know they had even been here. High fives!  – Richard M., October 18, 2018

 

Mission

It has been our mission from day one to provide central Indiana with high-quality wells, pumps, water treatment, and related services and products in a timely, professional, ethical manner. We have worked hard each and every day to ensure that mission has been carried out.

 

Origin

When C&J Well Drilling was formed by Josh and Christy back in 1996, we started with just 3 employees and the goal of creating something that would provide customers with an incredible product, fantastic customer service and superseded expectations. Throughout the past 22 years, our company, our workload and our staff have seen tremendous growth. We even opened a new division for our water treatment services called C&J Water.

 

Angie’s List for Customers

As a way to ensure we could monitor and review what our clients were saying, we decided to join Angie’s List 17 years ago.  Throughout these past years, customers have had the opportunity to review items about C&J such as our Price, our Quality, our Responsiveness, our Punctuality and our Professionalism. In each category, we are proud to share that C&J has a grade of A! We are extremely thankful for the numerous customers who have called us for our well service or water treatment and have taken the time to review their service experience with us.

 

Super Service Award

Last year we were pleased to be named a 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award recipient. This award verifies C&J as a high-quality service provider. It was an honor to receive this award in 2017, and we are working hard to make 2018 another Super Service Award Year.

 

Future Plans

While awards and customer reviews encourage us to keep moving forward and providing our clients with the best experience no matter the call, we will not stop there. We will continue to work to improve our services, to ensure we have the best products, and to provide central Indiana with high-quality products and services in a timely, professional, ethical manner.

16 Oct 2018

No Well Water Emergency

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No Well Water Emergency:

What to Do If Your Well Stops Drawing Water

You turn on the tap to fill a glass of water. Nothing. What happened? And what happens next? If you are on a well, the first thing to do is call C&J Well Company of Indianapolis.

 

Why Wells Stop Working

Although they’re designed to provide years of low-maintenance, hassle-free service, water wells can run into the occasional issue. Power outages or blown fuses can impact electrical components. Filters can become clogged with rocks, sand, dirt, and other debris. Other well equipment such as pipes can crack. Groundwater table can run low. As long as well owners follow routine care and cleaning, and have their wells regularly inspected by a professional, most of these issues can be caught and corrected long before any major problems arise.

 

Warning Signs of No Well Water

Well, there’s the obvious – no water when you turn on the faucet or flush the toilet. However, be on the lookout for more subtle signs, too:

  • A sudden drop in water pressure
  • Spurts of air when opening faucets
  • Sediment or cloudiness in tap water
  • Tap water that tastes muddy or earthy

Basically, anything that seems out of the ordinary when using water at home can point to a potential problem.

 

What Should I Do If I Don’t Have Well Water?

Don’t ignore it! If you experience any of the warning signs above, contact C&J Well Company as soon as possible. For minor issues, our friendly team can try and walk you through the steps to solve it on your own – our website is also full of handy DIY water well tips. We can handle the more complex situations and emergencies, often in a single visit to your home. No problem is too big for us to fix!

 

For no-water emergencies and all other well-related services, call C&J Well Company of Indianapolis today.

06 Aug 2018

Water Softener 101

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Soap and shampoo not lathering well in the shower? Skin and hair dry and itchy? Spots all over your dishes? Clean laundry not looking its best? Coffee pot full of scaly crud?

 

If you’re dealing with any or all of these issues around the house, chances are that hard water is to blame. Thankfully, C&J Water Treatment of Central Indiana has the solution. Keep reading to learn more about water softeners, and the type of system that is best for you.

 

What Does a Water Softener Do?

 

First things first, let’s explain what a water softener is and what it does. “It’s all in the name” is certainly true here – water softeners literally soften water, by removing certain minerals. In most cases, this means excess calcium and other minerals, which are naturally occurring elements often found in well water but also present in many municipal water supplies. While these minerals aren’t necessarily bad for your health, when they build up in your plumbing they cause all sorts of household issues like we mentioned at the top of this blog post.

 

What Types of Water Softeners Are Common?

 

Great question – it’s one we hear a lot. Probably the most common and conventional type of water softener, and one we stock here at C&J Water Treatment, is the salt-based water softener. It relies on a salt brine, like that salt water you used to gargle for a sore throat when you were a kid. This system works by replacing the hard minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, etc.) for sodium, which is softer. You won’t taste the sodium, of course, but you’ll “feel” it, in terms of better soap lather, softer skin, and cleaner dishes. Salt-based water softeners will also help extend the life of your home’s hot water heater.

 

Other, less popular water softening systems include:

 

  • Salt-free softeners. Relying on a potassium-chloride substitute solution in place of sodium, these systems aren’t true water softeners. They are better known as “water conditioners,” and work by preventing minerals from building up on surfaces around the home, such as plumbing pipes, appliances, and people, too. If someone in your household is adverse to any increase in salt intake whatsoever, this may be a system to consider.
  • Dual tank softeners. Conventional water softeners need to recharge from time to time. This typically happens overnight when everyone at home is asleep and there is no water demand. If fresh water demand persists in your home at all hours of the day and night, you might want to consider a dual tank system. When one tank is offline recharging, the other tank kicks in and vice versa. Dual tank softeners are handy for larger families or folks who work day and night shifts, but they are also more expensive.

 

Upgrading to a Water Softener Today

 

These days, there is no reason to settle for hard water’s damaging effects. Not only does it wear out your skin, your appliances, and your clothes, hard water also takes its toll on your home’s plumbing system, often responsible for pipe damage and costly plumbing repairs. If you and your family are tired of living with hard water, talk to C&J Water Treatment. Learn what type of system works best for your family, and take advantage of exclusive seasonal offers and special payment options. Water softeners are low-maintenance machines that begin to pay for themselves as soon as you turn on the tap. Upgrade today!

09 Jul 2018

Drinking Well Water – Can It Ever Be As Good As Bottled Water?

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Most water wells in Indiana produce clean, safe water for use at home. Our customers here at C&J Water Treatment often thank us for the work we do bringing them the freedom of a reliable private water supply. But many of you have asked us a common question: how can you improve the quality of that drinking water?

 

We’re happy to answer that question, and C&J Water Treatment finds that just as many of our customers are surprised by the answer: how would you like bottled water quality straight from your own well? Yes, we can absolutely make that happen.

 

Sources of Bottled Water

 

The next time you shop for groceries, take a look at the different brands of bottled water on the store shelf. Read the labels and see where these companies source their water. It’s an often overlooked fact that much of the bottled water we consume comes right from a well. That’s true even for some of those expensive “fancy” water bottles. When you reach into your fridge or cooler and crack open an ice cold bottle of water, what you’re drinking is often simple well water!

 

Reverse Osmosis

 

So what’s the trick? It’s a system called Reverse Osmosis, and C&J Water Treatment can bring that system right to you. Reverse Osmosis improves taste, clarity, and purity by removing nearly all dissolved solids from softened water. Applications can be found in many settings around the world. Wastewater plants use reverse osmosis to purify water. It is common in the food industry as well. Ships at sea rely on reverse osmosis to desalinate saltwater for drinking. Even the U.S. military uses it to provide fresh, potable water to our troops and for disaster relief.

 

Best of all, reverse osmosis is an affordable system. For most water well owners, a reverse osmosis system from C&J costs about $765 installed. For that price, you can enjoy bottled water quality straight from the kitchen faucet, the water dispenser in your refrigerator and the ice maker in your freezer!

 

Bottled water is great for drinking, but not so much for the environment. Last year alone, Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles (http://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/). With a reverse osmosis system at home, you can purchase a reusable Nalgene or similar water bottle, and enjoy the best water anywhere with confidence for just pennies. The more water you drink, the more your C&J reverse osmosis system pays for itself. I always keep my Nalgene full of well water from my system. In fact, I find other water, even from those fancy bottles, sub-standard to what I get every day from home.

 

Safe, affordable, quality drinking water from your own water well without the negative odors or tastes sometimes associated with well water. It’s as simple as reverse osmosis. Talk to C&J Water Treatment today about getting a reverse osmosis system installed in your home.

11 Jun 2018

What is Reverse Osmosis?

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Reverse Osmosis – What Is It?

 

Chances are you’ve heard of reverse osmosis (or R.O. for short). There’s also a good chance you have no idea what R.O. is or how it works. Thankfully, C&J Water Treatment Co. of Indianapolis is here to break it all down for you!

 

What Reverse Osmosis Does

 

R.O. systems filter water – they just do a better job at it than many other water filtration systems, especially when it comes to removing most inorganic materials, such as salt, chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates, etc. That is what makes reverse osmosis so effective for homes with brackish water or where fertilizers and other agricultural runoff can affect the local drinking water supply.

 

How Reverse Osmosis Works

 

R.O. systems force water at high pressure through a very fine membrane, which allows water molecules to squeeze through but not much else. On the clean side of the membrane, the system collects the clean water and sends it to your tap. On the “dirty” side of the membrane, the system automatically flushes the collected contaminants down your drain.

 

Most R.O. systems actually involve several filtration stages, including a pre-filter stage that removes heavier materials such as sediment and turbidity, a carbon stage that removes chemicals which may damage the membrane, a post-filter stage that helps remove tastes and odors, and a remineralization stage that adds healthy minerals such as calcium and magnesium back into your drinking water while also balancing its pH.

 

Pros & Cons of Reverse Osmosis

 

Some of the pros to R.O. filtration include higher quality, safer, and better tasting tap water. They are also more efficient at removing contaminants than many other systems on the market today. R.O. systems are low maintenance and do not rely on electricity, so even if your home loses power your drinking water won’t suffer. They are also user-friendly and don’t require a lot of moving parts or take up a lot of space.

 

One of the biggest cons of R.O. is the wastewater they tend to produce. Some dirty water remains on one side of the membrane, and this water is typically sent down the drain. However, there are pumps and other add-on components that can help minimize or completely eliminate wasted water. If you are interested in learning more about these systems and the various options available for your home, contact the team at C&J Water Treatment.

 

Why You Should Consider Reverse Osmosis at Home

 

If your household wants to eliminate odors and contaminants from your water supply, and you want the highest quality, “better than the bottle” drinking water available, then reverse osmosis might be for you. Even if you rely on treated municipal water instead of a well, you never fully know what comes out of your tap. A home R.O. system adds an additional strong layer of security and is guaranteed to remove lead, fluoride, and other components that sometimes make it through the citywide water treatment process.

 

Compare a reverse osmosis system with your home’s current water filtration system and find out which one works best for you and your family. Talk to C&J Water Treatment Co. in Indianapolis to get started!

07 Mar 2018

Anatomy of a Water Well

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You turn on your tap; water flows out. When it comes to wells, we don’t give them much thought. Let’s look beyond that bit of pipe that sticks out of the ground and dive deep into the anatomy of your water well.

anatomy-of-a-water-well

 

Well Head

That pipe we just mentioned is called the well head. This is the very top of a well, consisting of the tip of a long pipe constructed of weather-resistant material (typically PVC). A well expert such as C&J Well Company will access the well head to reach many of the other system components. When not in use, a secure cap fits over the head to keep out debris and protect the electrical wiring that powers the pump.

Well Casing

The length of pipe itself is called a casing. This long pipe is usually also made of durable PVC, which doesn’t corrode like metal casings that used to be standard decades ago. Water rises into the casing up to the pump, which then transports the water into your home. C&J Well Company uses a specially designed pressure grout to coat the casing, providing increased strength and better protection of well components. We also dig wells into natural underground gravel beds to promote efficient water flow, which helps form aquifers for constant water sources.

Well Pump

If your water well was a living creature, the pump would be its heart. This is the main and most important component of the entire system. The submersible well pump uses electricity to draw water from an underground aquifer and send it through plumbing pipes to fixtures in and around your home. Although well pumps are designed to provide many years of trouble-free service, their streamlined design allows for easy removal from and reinsertion into the casing in the event of maintenance or repairs, by an experienced well pro such as C&J Well Company.

Well Screen

At the very bottom of the casing, below the pump and above a specialized sand media, sits the well screen. Just like the filter in your coffee pot, this screen filters out tiny bits of debris from your water source thanks to its stainless steel design, while the sand traps even smaller particulates. This provides increased protection of the well pump and other vital well components. C&J Well suggests having your screen cleaned at regular intervals. We can accomplish this task quickly and efficiently, using a combination of highly pressurized water and other techniques to blast any accumulated debris out of your well without damaging its parts.

Protecting & Maintaining Your Well

Whether you need a new well dug and installed, scheduled maintenance of an existing well, or repairs or replacement parts, count on C&J Well Company. From top to bottom, inside and out, we are your go-to Central Indiana water well team!

14 Feb 2018

How “Well” Do You Know Your Water Pump System?

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When it comes to water wells, do you think pumps are pretty much the same? Well, think again.water well pump system

Constant Pressure vs. Standard or Conventional Pressure

There are some big differences between two of the well pump systems commonly found on today’s market. In fact, one of these systems was on yesterday’s market, due to the fact its technology has been around for more than 50 years.

One of the questions new water well customers ask us the most goes something like this:

“Hey there C&J Well Company, should I get a constant pressure or a standard pressure pump system?”

This is a great question, and one we really love to answer! It’s also a very important question, and depends on a lot of factors like home size, family size, budget, and your water consumption demand.

Constant pressure and standard pressure systems both do the same thing, and that’s move water from your well into and throughout your home’s plumbing. However, they do this in different ways. With constant pressure, the system closely monitors your home’s water pressure and adjusts your pump accordingly. Say you are taking a shower – the system will speed up or slow down your pump if it senses a second shower, or a washing machine, or a lawn sprinkler turn on or off, for example.

With a standard pressure system, there is no speeding up or slowing down. It simply turns on or turns off your pump depending on changes to water pressure at home. These hard starts and stops are less gentle on your pump, but standard pressure systems can help conserve a bit more water over the life of the system.

Benefits of Constant Pressure Over Standard/Conventional Pressure

Go for a ride through Indiana’s countryside and you might notice one or more larger tanks next to some of the homes. These big 100+ gallon tanks usually mean the home is equipped with a standard pressure system. There is nothing wrong with this type of system – it simply isn’t the most efficient system on today’s market. When you upgrade to a constant pressure system, you actually decrease your tank size. You may even decrease the amount of tanks you need. A constant pressure system utilizes a tank not much larger than a standard propane tank for your gas grill. This means it takes up much less space on your property.

Another benefit to a constant pressure system can be found right there in its name. These systems automatically turn on or adjust the speed of your pump when a sensor detects a drop of just a few PSI. Compare this with a standard pressure system, which typically activates the pump only after a drop of 20 or more PSI. Thanks to greater precision in constant pressure systems, you won’t experience as much fluctuation in your home’s water pressure as you might remember with older systems. Talk about enjoying city water without the city water bill! As a bonus, due to fewer fluctuations in PSI and the ability to adjust the pump, constant pressure systems usually require fewer pump startups and stops. This can greatly reduce the wear and tear on your pump, extending its service life while cutting down on maintenance costs.

Ready to add or upgrade to a well pump system that takes up less space while delivering water pressure similar to what you’d find in the city? Get in touch with C&J Well Company of Indianapolis! We’re happy to answer all of your questions about constant pressure and standard pressure systems. When you contact us, be sure to also ask about our special seasonal offers going on right now. You can save up to several hundred dollars and even take home some water treatment equipment for free with select purchases.

Ride the wave of water well future – upgrade to a constant pressure system today!

02 Jan 2018

Benefits of Installing a Home Water Well

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At C&J Well Company of Indianapolis, water is our bread and butter. We know a thing or two about it, and we want you to know just how much better well water is than that treated City stuff.

So keep reading for a list of our three favorite benefits of your own private water well.

Water Well Benefits

1) The Price Sure Is Right

Hate having a water bill? Well, guess what? Well water is free! After the initial costs of installing your private water well and equipment, you can kiss those pesky municipal bills goodbye. Add up your family’s average monthly bills, and you can really get a sense of how much you’ll save in the long run.

Like any home appliance, there are some maintenance costs associated with keeping your water well pump running smoothly, but as long as you follow routine maintenance with the help of C&J Well Company, those costs will be minimal and few and far between.

2) Reliability and Durability

Speaking of routine maintenance, that’s another one of our favorite benefits of private water wells. The systems are surprisingly reliable and resilient, and they are built to last. High-quality well pumps, like the Grundfos line sold and serviced by C&J Well Company, will run smoothly for 10, 15, or even 20 or more years with minimal routine maintenance.

Forget boil water advisories, water main breaks, municipal treatment plant accidents, and other water quality issues that are out of your hands – with a private water well, your fresh water source is as close to home as it gets, instead of way over on the other side of town and through miles upon miles of aging infrastructure. Talk about buying local!

3) Cheers to Your Health

We’re not knocking municipal drinking water, which is a safe and proven source of potable water for millions of Indiana families. However, to make that water safe, local water departments rely on a variety of controversial chemicals and other harsh treatment methods. From caustic and chlorine, to heavy filters and even fluoride, there’s quite a bit of stuff that goes into your typical glass of water to take all the bad stuff out. And sometimes the bad stuff still makes it through.

One of the side effects to public water treatment is the removal of many healthy, naturally occuring minerals. Not with well water. Thanks to natural filtration in the earth, well water tends to taste better, feel better, and is better for you. If you still want a bit more peace of mind, C&J Well Company offers a variety of filtration and water quality systems to accompany your private well.

Well water really gives you and your family the best of all worlds. It’s affordable, it’s reliable, it’s healthy, and it’s all yours. To learn more about the many benefits of having your own water well, contact the local water well pros at C&J Well Company of Indianapolis. Whether you have a thousand-acre farm in the country or a half-acre homestead in the heart of the city, we have a water well solution designed just for you. Cheers!