08 May 2013

Huge farm irrigation well

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Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s crop time in Indiana. But how exactly can a farmer water their many acres and acres of land? Think about it, the well has to be able to produce hundreds of gallons of water every day. Want to know the solution? It’s easy, we drill a huge production well!


We just drilled one of these large production wells for a local farmer in Columbus, Indiana. In order to get the amount of water necessary for the farmer to be able to irrigate his fields, we used 12 inch casing to set the well. Average residential wells are 6 inches, so the extra 6 inches in diameter will help produce and store more water.


Before drilling this huge well, we drilled a smaller 5 inch test hole, to determine that the location we had picked was capable of producing the amounts of water necessary for this large irrigation system. Once the test hole was drilled we were certain this was the right spot. As you can see on the picture above, the well is producing hundreds of gallons of water per minute, enough to take care of the farm’s irrigation needs.

Irrigation wells are great, whether you have 100 acres of land, or just a small backyard. By having your own irrigation well, you are able to water your field or backyard without the large water bill. Because irrigation wells are not hooked up to the city grid, you do not have to worry about summertime watering bans.


If you are interested in learning more about C&J’s irrigation wells, give us a call. We will be happy to answer any question you may have!


15 Mar 2013

We can bring city water pressure into your home!

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City water pressure on a well?

You bet! Advances in European technology have made it possible to get city water pressure (and better) out of your water well.

The Danish Grundfos Constant Pressure System employs a computer manager to calculate water pressure. Then the pump speeds up to match the water you are using in the home. The result… constant pressure for you and your family.

Commercial Systems Available, too!

If pressure is a problem in your home, call us! See why C&J is Indiana’s leading installer for this state-of-the-art system, and don’t forget to ask about our 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee!

26 Feb 2013

The quest for irrigation well water continues

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Over the last few months, we have had two drilling crews out on the Illinois-Indiana state line, drilling irrigation wells for a few farms. We have successfully drilled several wells, and we still have numerous more wells to drill. Can you imagine how much money the owner of the farm is going to save by irrigating his fields with his own well water?

Well, you do not have to own acres of farmland to be able to have your own irrigation wells. Irrigation wells are perfect for families that are tired of paying an expensive water bill at the end of each month. If you are interested in irrigating your yard with your own well water, you better act quickly and get one before your county says you can’t. Did you know that one county near Indianapolis has already banned the new drilling of irrigation wells?

Also if you are worried that the well water will turn your yard orange (from the rust), then you do not need to worry any longer. Our irrigation well package comes with “Rid-o-Rust”. This “Rid-o-Rust” works great at removing rust by injecting a safe dosage of polyphosphate into the water.

If you are interested in having your own irrigation well drilled, call us today at 317-852-WELL or click HERE to email us.

18 Feb 2013

Do you have water quality problems?

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Are you tired of your well water?

You don’t have to be anymore! We have water treatment solutions for just about anything you can think of. Do you have lots of iron in your water? Does it smell like rotten eggs? Are you afraid of bacteria in your water? We can help!


Here is a list of our top selling water treatment products:

Single Tank Water Softener:

Our single tank is ideal for small families, or homes that do not use too much water. Because of it’s compact design, the single tank water softener will fit in virtually any corner, making it great for smaller homes with limited space.

Twin Tank Water Softener:

This is our top of the line softener. This softener is great because of the dual tanks. When one tank needs to regenerate (or clean itself) it turns itself off and the other tank turns on, it’s like having two softeners! These tanks work on demand, and because there is no downtime when one switches to the other, your home will have soft water 24/7. Another great advantage of twin tanks is that they clean themselves with soft water from the opposite tank, this will make your media last longer than any other softener.

AIO System:

If you notice a rotten egg smell coming out of your faucets, chances are, you may have sulfur in you water. Our AIO system gets rid of sulfur without using any chemicals. The tanks work by oxidizing the water and the carbon resin inside the tank separates the sulfur from the water. This system is very good at removing iron too! If you have heavy amounts of iron in your water, our AIO can take care of it.

Reverse Osmosis:

Most people spend hundreds of dollars each year buying bottled water. Why throw away money when you can have bottle water quality coming right out of your tap? Our R.O. systems come with a custom faucet for the kitchen, and we can hook it up to your refrigerator and ice maker. If you are spending a lot of money on water bottles, our R.O. drinking water system is a great investment for your home!

U.V. Light:

These water quality systems have been used by hospitals for many years. After the water has passed the water softener, it will go through a U.V. light that will remove any pathogens or bacteria.


If you are having water quality problems, give us a call at 317-892-2100 and ask us about our water treatment options.


21 Jan 2013

Hard Water and Softeners

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Hard water problems

hard water Hard water is made up of various forms of minerals that are in found in well water and in our municipal water’s supply. These minerals are composed of Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron and many other dissolved solids.
These minerals can cause several issues in the household the most common of which is calcium deposits on fixtures and appliances like dish washers, water heaters ice makers and any other appliance that uses water. Not only do the minerals in your hard water damage appliances, but they also prevent soaps from being able to do a proper job of cleaning due to the curding effect.

Treating minerals in water:

There are a few ways to remove unwanted minerals from your water supply.
The most common way is through Ion Exchange, ore commonly know as Water Softening. This method is done with salt that exchanges hardness ions for sodium ions. Most of the softeners in use today are of a demand type system that uses salt more efficiently.

There are single and twin tank water softening systems available. A single tank softener tends to be a bit more wasteful with salt than a twin tank system due to the nature of the capacities . Generally, in order to have treated water at all times, you should have an over sized single tank system that will be able to keep up with the home’s water demand. These type of water softening systems need to regenerate late at night or when water is not being used in the home.

A twin tank water softening system regenerates on demand as well, however when the gallonage setting is reached, the twin tank system will regenerate at that time and switch over to the stand by tank, giving your home soft water 24/7. The twin tank softener will also regenerate itself with conditioned water, in the process using less salt to regenerate the same amount of media, saving you money and extending the life of the softener.

If you want to learn more about our Single and Twin Tank Softeners, email us at info@cj4water.com or call us at 317-892-2100
21 Dec 2012

Angie’s List 2012 Super Service Award!

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We were contacted last week by a representative of Angie’s List who told us we had received their “Super Service Award”. This award is the highest honor given annually to less than 5% of companies on Angie’s List.

We really take our customer’s satisfaction seriously, that is one of the reasons C&J Well Co. has grown to be Central Indiana’s premier well contractor. Building good relationships with our customers by giving them fair prices and providing them with professional help at a time when they need it most is what we have built our whole business around, and what we will continue to do.

If you have any kind of well water issue, call the trusted well pros. But don’t just take our word for it, check our ratings out on Angie’s List!

Not a member of Angie’s List? Not a problem! We take our customer satisfaction so seriously that we dedicated a whole page for them to leave reviews. If you’d like to check out what our customers are saying about C&J click HERE.

12 Dec 2012

Well Pumping System – Part 3

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Well we have covered the basics on where to drill & how to drill. In part 3 we will cover the pump system and in part 4, Kirk (our water treatment specialist) will cover the basics of water treatment for a typical residence on well water.


So, let’s dig into the basics about a typical pump system for a residence.


The first thing to consider is how much water the well makes. If your well doesn’t make more than enough water then you may be limited by the amount of water you can pump. In that case you will simply pump as much as you can without over pumping the well. This is not usually the case in central Indiana, but if it is we have options of installing larger storage tank systems and or equipment that can protect your pump from dry running.


Now if your well makes plenty of water (more than enough preferably) we have the liberty of selecting the ideal pump system for the home. There are basically 2 types of pump systems. There is the standard pump system that uses a larger pressure tank and a standard 4″ submersible well pump. This is the old standard that was installed every where in Indiana from the 1960’s to the late 1990’s. These are very dependable systems and are still being installed today; however in most new home situations families in central Indiana tend to go more commonly with the SQE or “Constant Pressure System”. This system has not only proven itself to be dependable, but it boasts city water pressure as well. It has gained popularity because people can take several showers at the same time, or shower while someone is doing laundry or irrigating. Here at my house we run 3 showers simultaneously almost every weekday. The constant pressure pump system produces pressure and volume much like (and even better than) city water pressure.


Usually we start recommending the constant pressure if the square footage of the home is greater than 3500 OR if the home will require open loop geothermal, irrigation or high volume showers.

Next we consider the horse power of the pump. When selecting a standard pumping system keep in mind that the larger the pump, the larger the tank. When you think of the horsepower this is what we increase to increase the volume or gallons per minute (or to pump from deeper levels if the well is unusually deep).

For a home that is less than 2500 square feet with no irrigation or other high flow needs we are typically fine with a standard 1/2 horse power pump system.

For a typical home in the 2500-3500 square foot range with no irrigation or other high flow needs we recommend one of the 3/4 horse power pump systems. Either standard or constant pressure. Whatever you, the homeowner would prefer.

Once we start recommending pump systems for homes in the 3500-4500 square feet with no high flow needs we like the 1 horse power constant pressure pump system.

4500-6000 square feet with moderate irrigation, a high flow shower or a lot of people we tend toward the 1 1/2 horse power constant pressure pump system.

For houses larger than 6000 square feet we like to recommend either the Grundfos 3 or 5 horse power constant pressure pump system. We will usually look at these homes individually to insure we have all of the needs accounted for.

These are good rules of thumb and obviously do not take unusual circumstances into consideration, but will typically get you right in the ballpark.

Our pump systems all come with a 10 year limited warranty, and we use only the best brand name products installed by our licensed, trained water well professionals.

We at C&J pride ourselves on delivering pump systems that take a licking and keep on ticking. They typically outlast the amount of years our customers stay in the homes that we install them in by far.

So, whether your house is large, small or in between we have just the right combination of pumping equipment for your needs.


Check out next week’s post about water treatment.
In it, Kirk Smith, our water specialist, will cover the basics needed to treat average well water in central Indiana. You can also click the following links to check out PART 1 and PART 2 of our water well series.

05 Dec 2012

Proud of being a well driller

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Well drilling is not a good profession for just anybody. As we head into the winter months, our drillers are beginning to mentally and physically prepare for the freezing cold temperatures. You may be asking yourself “who would want to stand out in the cold and drill wells all day long”, and to be 100% honest, every well driller has asked himself the same question at least once in his life. But at the end of a long day of hard work, there is nothing more satisfying for a well driller than to see his rig standing over a new water well that will provide that home or business with fresh water for many years to come.

The picture above was taken earlier this week at one of our job sites. We are currently drilling test holes for a huge farm in western Indiana. We have two crews out there working every day, drilling test holes and creating water wells. The purpose of the test holes and wells is to create a massive irrigation system for the farm. The customer wants to irrigate as much of their ground as possible due to the much improved yield on their crop.
When it is all said and done, you can see the great skill and dedication our well drillers have. As they would say, a long day of hard work out in the field is worth it, if at the end of it you have view like this.

30 Nov 2012

Large well in Broadripple

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The images below show a well that we recently worked on.

This was a 10″ well we drilled for a huge public pool in Broadripple. We installed a 4 horse power specialty pump in the well. The purpose of the well is to fill several outdoor pits that feed the pool, and our 4 horse power pump is able to do just that by delivering about 130 gallons per minute.

As you can see in the picture below, we installed a custom built control box that has two main functions. First, it provides “dry-run” protection for the pump. Second, it is attached to a low and high level set of probes that are in one of the pits. The probe system allows the user to turn the system on without constant monitoring or fear of overflowing the pit.

We had to make a tall well head because of building code (in the state of Indiana, the well head should be at least two feet above the flood plain). The canal is about 60 ft away on one side and the White River is about 500-600 ft on the other side.

21 Nov 2012

Replacing pressure tank for wells

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replacing pressure tank for wells

Replacing Pressure Tank

Do you currently have uneven water pressure in your home? When you turn your water on, does your pressure switch click on and off? if so, you may want to look into our replacing pressure tank service.


A pressure tank for wells has an inner bladder bag or diaphragm bag that pushes down on water creating even pressure water to flow out of your faucets and shower heads. Older homes usually have steel tanks that rust on the inside, resulting in possible tears and rips to the bladder bag that will eventually render the tank useless. (For more information about bladder and diaphragm bags, and how sediment can pop them, CLICK HERE)

When a pressure tank for wells begins to fail, it will often sporadically ask for water, making your pressure switch click on and off (we call this quick-cycling). This is dangerous, because it will make your pump repeatedly turn itself on and off, and like a lightbulb, it will quickly burn out.


If you knock on your tank, and it sounds like it is full of water (tanks should be 3/4 full of air), your tank more than likely has a tear in the bag, and we recommend you start thinking about our replacing pressure tank service. Not only will a new pressure tank prolong the life of your pump, but it will also give you more even pressure throughout your house.

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