22 Oct 2012

Water Well Anatomy

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Have you ever wondered how wells work?


Back in the day, a well was just a hole in the ground where people tried to get water. In theory, that’s exactly what wells are today; however, there is much more to a well than just being a hole.

So what does a modern water well look like?

Let’s start from the bottom up:


Casing and Screen:

When drilling a well, a driller tries to find gravel beds. Gravel beds allow water to flow freely forming aquifers. When an aquifer is found and tested for quality and production, a stainless steel screen is attached to the well casing and lowered to the bottom of the well. The steel casing allows water to flow from the aquifer to the inside of the well casing.

Once the screen is in place, sand is added around the screen and pressure grout around the casing, for added protection and better water flow. This step is often skipped by other well drilling companies, but we have found that this is necessary in order to give you the best quality water well.


Pump and Pipe:

Submersible water pumps come in different shapes and sizes. At C&J, we use stainless steel pumps that allow for better performance and longer life of the pump. The pumps are able to push the water through the attached black polyethylene pipe into what is called a pitless adapter. A pitless adapter connects the pipe in your well to the pipe in the ground and allows for water to flow into your house.


Well Head:

This is the most familiar part of a well system. The well head is a short piece of casing that sticks out of the ground. By law, well heads should be at least two feet above the flood plain. At the top of the well head is a well cap that protects the well from foreign objects falling into it. Right next to (or in most cases attached to) the well head, is a thiner piece of PVC pipe. This PVC pipe works as a guard for your pump wires. The wires are attached and give power to the submersible pump.


There is much skill that is needed to be able to both find a good location for a water well and drill it. It’s also very important that the well drilling contractor uses the best products and materials available. If not, you will be left with an underperforming well. At C&J, we have years of experience and are known for producing the best quality water wells in Central Indiana (check out our reviews HERE). We are able to stamp each of our wells with a 10 year warranty, because we only use the best materials.


If you are looking for a well contractor with a good reputation and a long history of satisfied customers, C&J is the well professional for you!


12 Oct 2012

Well Cleaning Special

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Well Cleaning and Maintenance Special

When was the last time your well was cleaned

Did you know that well professionals recommend a well cleaning at least every seven years? Failure to do so can result in loss of water pressure, heavy amounts of sediment, and in some cases, as stuck pump!

Your water well system has been running a lot this summer (especially this summer!). Give us a call before winter gets here to make sure that everything is working the way it should.

For more information about our winter special, click HERE

01 Oct 2012


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If you bought a newspaper this weekend you saw the front page article about higher water costs. If you didn’t see the article, you can find it HERE.

While the nations municipal water costs are rushing out of control due to very top heavy management and the ever increasing federal government clean-water mandates, the cost for all natural, clean from the earth, ground water (i.e. well water) has remained affordable for many millennia.

C&J Well Co. offers affordable, high quality solutions to all of your water needs including:


Folks that are in the know wisely choose well water as the solution to their bulk water needs because well systems pay for themselves. The savings are quite remarkable if you use water in bulk. We provide water for the following:

  • thousands and thousands of homes
  • golf courses
  • steel mills
  • commercial/manufacturing applications
  • commercial and residential irrigation system
  • open loop geothermal systems
  • pond fill systems

So with Indianapolis city water rising 80%* why not beat the system and think outside of the box. Since costs are projected to rise even higher, how can a C&J Water System save you thousands?

*since 2000



03 Aug 2012

Our AIO replaces a competitors system

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In the last few weeks we have been getting calls from several customers with concerns about their water quality. Many of them had existing systems, but their water still smelled like rotten eggs!

Luckily, AIOs are part of C&J’s water treatment lineup. An AIO is an air injected backwash unit. It oxidizes iron for iron removal, removes sulfur, and manganese – NO CHEMICALS REQUIRED!!

If you have continuous iron or odor issues gives us a call and we will give you more Information about our AIO system.

Below is a picture of our softening twin tanks next to our AIO unit.


23 Jul 2012

Our hard work pays off

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From the very beginning, C&J has taken pride in its customer relations. There have been several times when our employees have had to work extensive hours, to make sure that the customer is as satisfied as possible. But let’s be serious, you hear “our company really values it’s customers” and “customer always comes first” from almost every business out there.  So what makes us saying it any different. Well, it doesn’t, and that’s why we try not to pat ourselves in the back too much. Instead we let our customers do that for us!

Below is a letter that we received from one of our satisfied customers.

If C&J has performed any service for you, whether it’s drilling a new well, repairing an existing system, providing constant pressure, or even water treatment, send us a letter! Don’t want to bother with stamps? NO PROBLEM! Click HERE and fill out one of our online customer reviews. We would love to hear from you!

21 Jul 2012

Successful Pump Extractions

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Successful Pump Extraction from cjdrills on Vimeo.

This was a pump that was stuck in a 4″ casing (this is why we don’t prefer to install 4″ wells). It appears as though at some point in time someone had hit this well knocking some debris into the well and locking the pump into a perfectly good well.


Gary and Luke used our special paten pending tool, “the harpoon” to spear this stuck pump and bring it to the top of the well.


This well has been saved, saving the customers yard and pocket book.


We have seen jobs like this completely botched by well butchers in the past and needlessly ruining a great well. We can’t save them all, but if someone else doesn’t botch things we have a great record of extracting these difficult stuck pumps.



26 Jun 2012

Removing a Stuck Pump

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acidizing a well from cjdrills on Vimeo.

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a well owner is getting the water pump stuck inside the well. Believe it or not, this tends to happen quite a bit. The reason why, is because there is very little room between the walls of the well and the circumference of the water pump. As the well ages, rust and minerals start to build around the pump, eventually fusing it to the well. There are ways to prevent it, mainly having a new PVC well casing instead of galvanized steel (PVC doesn’t corrode). But if drilling a well is not in the near future for you, you can always call C&J to give you a yearly maintenance check up, to make sure your pump doesn’t get stuck.


But what happens if the pump is already stuck? 

There are several steps we can take to make sure we are able to remove the stuck pump (we have a very good success rate pulling stuck pumps out of wells!). The video above shows our team acidizing a well. This is the process where we lower hydrochloric acid down the well to eat the corrosion around the pump. This is a dangerous process, so you should leave it to the pros.

We leave the acid in the well for a couple of days to give it time to work. Once we are successful in removing the stuck pump, we clean and freshen up the well removing all the acid, making the well useful once again. The video shows a very extreme case of acidizing. The well was buried, so we had to dig it out to be able to access it.

19 Jun 2012

C&J hit a hole in 1!

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We just drilled this huge well for a golf course in Whitestown, Indiana. The well produces over 300 gallons per minute! They’ve had several wells drilled throughout the years by other drillers, but unfortunately, they didn’t produce as much water as they needed to water the course. Luckily, they found C&J! We had to drill 160 feet and use 12 inch well casing to be able to get the amount of water necessary to fit their needs.

03 Jun 2012

Developing a 12″ water well

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Well development is one of the most important aspects of well drilling. One of the final steps in the drilling process (before grouting and sealing) is developing the well. Once the well is drilled and the well casing has been set, we lower our drilling rods all the way to the bottom of the well. Once the rods are in place, we force really high pressure air down the well, forcing gravel and other cuttings out the well and at the same time cleaning the well screen. Well developing is very important, because it can literally make the difference between a great well, or a low water yielding well.

31 May 2012

Drilling a dewatering well in downtown Indianapolis

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Drilling Indy’s dewatering wells


It’s not everyday that the city of Indianapolis asks you to drill a dewatering well in the heart of downtown. Mainly because getting a massive rotary drilling rig in the crowded city can be a bit of a pain. But like always, we had a solution for this problem. Instead of having to divert traffic to get our rig in place, we decided to drill with water, yes water. These wells will be used for dewatering, so they are only about 12 feet, not too deep at all. If you play the video above, you will see a high power “vacuum” placed right above the dewatering well being drilled. The guy next to it is breaking the ground little by little with really high pressure water. While he is “drilling” the vacuum is sucking up all of the cuttings. Pretty cool huh? and the best part, no mess at all. Once we are done drilling the dewatering well, we will set the casing, and wait for the concrete crew to come and fill up the outside of the well.

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