30 Nov 2015

Water Well 101: The Submersible Pump

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Although their function is relatively straightforward, wells rely on many parts to deliver water to your home. Today, we want to talk about one of the most critical components of a home water well – the pump.

What is a Submersible Well Pump? 

If water is the lifeblood of a private well, then the pump is its heart. Submersible pumps are the most common type of pump used in wells. Like its name implies, a submersible pump is submerged in the well, and it works by pushing underground water to the surface, and into a pressurized storage tank to use when you need it.

Submerged pumps usually look like long, narrow tubes. Their mechanical parts – the motor, wiring and cables, etc. – are sealed inside the tube to prevent water from leaking in and damaging sensitive electrical circuitry.

Just like automobiles, submersible water pumps come in a variety of makes and models of varying quality. Franklin, Grundfos, Webrol, Dayton, PowerFlo … the list of manufactures is a long one. And, just like automobiles, some brands are better than others. At C&J Well Company, we carry Grundfos submersible pumps. Grundfos is the world’s leading pump manufacturer, and its products are widely considered the “Cadillac” of water pumps (or maybe “Volvo,” since Grundfos is a Scandinavian company). Click the blue link to learn more about Grundfos constant pressure systems for your home.

Advantages of Submersible Well Pumps

Submersible pumps come with a number of advantages over traditional aboveground pumps.

  • Compact cylindrical design allows submersible pumps to be used in a wide range of wells.
  • Being waterproof, they are safe and rarely break down.
  • If a malfunction does occur, submersible pumps are easily removable from the well to be serviced by a licensed professional.
  • Since they push water instead of pull it, there is no need to prime your submersible pump.
  • And with little more than routine scheduled well maintenance, a quality submersible pump should last 25 years or longer.

The initial cost of a submersible pump tends to be higher than a traditional pump. Some folks might call that a disadvantage, but consider this: a quality submersible pump is more versatile, more efficient, and more reliable than its older counterparts, and that more than makes up for any higher startup costs.

Submerge Yourself in Savings

Thinking about replacing or upgrading your water well pump? Learn more about the water well pumps we offer, explore our deals and discounts, and contact C&J Well Company when you’re ready.

16 Nov 2015

Preventing Common Winter Well Problems

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Indiana winters can be rough on just about everything they touch. For water well owners, that means taking extra precautions to prevent problems, and being on the lookout for them throughout the cold season.

C&J Well Company offers some winter tips for long-time and new well owners alike.

Well Problems We See Each Winter

As your local Indianapolis area well experts, we’ve seen and repaired thousands of cold weather-related problems in our decades of experience. As the temperatures fall each year, a few common troubles tend to arise. These issues include:

  • Frozen and cracked/burst pipes
  • Damaged well components
  • Low or no water pressure
  • No-water emergencies
  • Water heater failures
  • Power outages

Some of these winter well problems are relatively easy to identify and fix. Others often require the assistance of a professional team like ours. Even if you think you know what the problem is and how to solve it, a second opinion never hurts. We’re happy to help. For more on our professional water well services, visit here.

What Well Owners Can Do

It’s already November, and winter will be here before we know it. The most important thing water well owners can do – and should do – is winterize their wells right now. We shared some tips on how to do that; you can read the article here. Also, please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or would like additional advice for protecting your well.

Frozen and burst plumbing pipes are probably the biggest complaint we hear from customers in the wintertime. They’re also one of the most damaging and can be costly to repair. Remember that heat and running water are ice’s worst enemies. So, insulate those pipes, open up those cabinet doors to circulate warm air, and leave those faucets on a slow drip at night.

Stay Safe & Warm This Winter

Private wells offer many benefits over municipal water supplies, but well owners must pay a bit more attention to ensure a strong and long-lasting system at home. Safeguard your water well with these and other helpful tips on our blog, and contact us ASAP if a cold-weather well problem ever occurs.

02 Nov 2015

Don’t Wait – Winterize Your Water Well Today

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Old Man Winter is on his way. Make sure your home’s water well system is prepared and take the necessary steps to prevent a cold-weather malfunction or failure. We’ve compiled some of our easiest and most effective winterization tips for your well. Read on to see what you need to do.

Tips for Well Pumps and Accessories

Since the water for wells comes from underground sources, most systems make it through the cold weather months with few or no issues at all. If a problem should occur, it typically happens at or aboveground. Before winter arrives, double-check your well hole and make sure it is in good shape and properly sealed to protect the vital parts below. Aboveground components should be protected by a well house or other insulated structure. Add a light bulb and/or heat tape to keep temperatures inside the well house above freezing.

And just to be on the safe side, it never hurts to have your well components undergo a pre-season well inspection by a licensed pro. We are happy to perform this task for you – just give us a call.

Don’t Forget Those Pipes!

No one wants to come home and find a pile of ice underneath the sink. Water expands when it freezes, and since things get awfully cold here in central Indiana, pipes unfortunately can and do burst every winter.

Make sure your home’s plumbing is wrapped with pipe insulation and/or heat tape. Keep cabinets open so that warm air circulates better (some people even install small light bulbs in their cabinetry under plumbing fixtures). If you have exposed pipes in the basement or crawl space, make sure those areas are insulated as well. And remember to leave faucets on a slow drip if you plan on being away from home for an extended amount of time.

Power outages happen all the time during winter, due in part to heavier utility usage. Protect your home from a loss of electricity by investing in a backup generator. These devices are well worth the investment, believe us!

Expert Water Well Advice & Service

We hope these winterization tips help, and that you are already utilizing some of the advice shared here. Remember to check your system annually, even if you’ve taken these proactive steps before. Insulation can deteriorate; tape can fall off; and bulbs can burn out. Prevention is key. Would you like to learn more? Contact us today for friendly, expert, and of course free advice.

19 Oct 2015

Why You Need a Geothermal Heat Pump

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Quick question – what’s the biggest source of power on the planet? Does coal, oil, or gas come to mind? The answer might surprise you, and it’s a lot closer than you think.

Earth’s biggest power source is the earth itself! We’re talking about geothermal energy, and how you can tap into this endless power source that’s right below your feet. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do so is by investing in a geothermal heat pump. Read on to learn more.

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work

The term “geothermal” refers to the earth’s thermal energy, which remains a relatively steady temperature underground all year long, no matter what Mother Nature lets loose above the soil. A typical geothermal heat pump system relies on a network of buried coils (imagine a giant innerspring mattress buried in your backyard) filled with a refrigerant liquid. The system uses the earth’s constant underground temperature, combined with electricity, to heat and cool the liquid, which in turn heats and cools your home in a surprisingly energy-efficient way.

The costs of fossil fuels can rise and fall dramatically with no warning. You’ve seen this happen before – just look at your wildly fluctuating utility bills. But with a geothermal system, you can expect lower and more balanced bills, thanks to the earth’s ever-steady thermal energy.

If you’re new to the C&J Well Company website, or stumbled across our blog by searching for “geothermal heat pumps” online, take a moment and read about our expert geothermal drilling services. Our team can custom drill, design, and install a geothermal system to fit your property’s needs and your family’s budget.

An Added Bonus From Uncle Sam

With a global move towards cleaner, greener energy sources, geothermal heat pumps will become the norm in the next 10 years as technologies improve and prices fall. But why wait? Today, the federal government is offering major incentives for folks to upgrade their home heating & cooling systems, and make the switch to geothermal. These incentives come in the form of tax credits, with rebates as high as 30%.

We highlighted these tax credits in a recent blog post. Still have questions? Get in touch with us to learn more about options, costs, and other helpful information.

The Best Geothermal Solution for You

Just like families, homes, and properties, geothermal heat pump systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From underground and pond/lake systems, to systems that take advantage of your existing water well, there is a geothermal heat pump design that will work best for you.

Ready to learn more? Browse our website for a full list of available geothermal services, and contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate for your home or business.

06 Oct 2015

Take Advantage of Geothermal Tax Credits

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Looking for ways to lower your utility bill? The answer might be right under your feet. We’re talking about geothermal energy – a naturally renewable energy source that harnesses the earth’s constant underground temperature to heat and cool your home.

Geothermal heat pump systems are a great and green alternative to electricity and fossil fuels. And, as an added bonus, the government is offering big bucks for folks willing to make the switch.

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How to Get Your Geothermal Rebate

Right now, 2015 federal tax credits for geothermal heating & cooling systems expire on December 31, 2016. While there is strong evidence that these credits could be extended for another five years, it still makes sense to consider switching to a geothermal heat pump before the current deadline arrives. Existing homes and new construction both qualify for rebates, as do primary and secondary residencies (unfortunately, rentals do not). The geothermal system must meet federal ENERGY STAR criteria, and homeowners can expect a rebate amount of 30%.

One major voice for the geothermal industry, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), is lobbying Congress to extend tax credits through 2020, but with all the gridlock on Capitol Hill, we feel it’s never too soon to invest in a geothermal heat pump for your own home.

Look Out for Unqualified Installers

Beware the Craigslist contractor! Anyone can advertise geothermal drilling and heat pump installation services (find out how to find the real C&J here). Also, remember that energy efficient home improvements involving tax credits are a popular target for scam artists. Always request quotes, references, licensure and insurance, warranties and guarantees in writing, before committing to a contract or signing anything.

Learn More

Geothermal heating & cooling systems are one of C&J Well Company’s most popular services. We have decades of geothermal drilling, installation, and maintenance experience, and our track record proves it.

While we do hope and anticipate that residential renewable energy tax credits will indeed be extended, we invite you to consider adding or switching to a geothermal heat pump at your home now, before cold weather and winter moves in. Explore our geothermal page for more information and installation options, and contact us with any questions!

15 Sep 2015

Is a Water Well Right for You?

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Considering adding a water well on your property? Thinking about purchasing a home that relies on well water?

Before you do either, it’s important to understand just what a water well is and does, its pros and potential cons, and your responsibilities as a well owner. We’ve compiled some helpful information that should provide a lot of answers for you. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and ask!

More Complicated Than Digging a Hole

Some 15 million American homeowners get their water from a well on their land. Private wells offer many benefits over municipal water, but they do require some additional obligations from the owner.

Of those millions of wells across the country, no two are exactly alike. Drilling a water well is a challenging and complex process (see what we mean by watching a few of our videos here) that requires specialized equipment, precision and experience, and a fair amount of patience, too. Although rare in central Indiana, it occasionally takes several drill holes to find a suitable source of groundwater and even then, there’s no guarantee that such a source will be found.

Knowing this before you hire a professional well team will save you a lot of stress and second-guessing down the road.

Pros (and Cons) of Private Water Wells

We mentioned earlier that having your own water well can be far better than relying on a public water source. That’s true! Well water is often cleaner and free of the detergents and harsh chemicals used to treat municipal water. Well owners don’t have to rely on their water utilities to maintain aging infrastructure. And did we mention – no more pesky water bills!

Those are just a few of the many perks, but wells can and do face issues of their own. Some well problems may include:

  • Groundwater contamination

  • Low water levels

  • Fluctuating water pressure at home

  • Water that tastes and smells “earthy”

  • Well equipment failures

Thankfully, the vast majority of well problems can be prevented in the first place.

  • Keep household and agricultural chemicals away from your water source.

  • Use your water efficiently and don’t waste it.

  • If you have a septic system, be sure to follow suggested maintenance schedules.

  • Properly maintain your well and have the components cleaned and inspected on a regular basis.

  • And always hire a licensed, insured, and experienced well contractor.

Maintaining Your Water Well

What happens to your vehicle if you never change the oil or replace the battery? It breaks down. Likewise, regular maintenance of your water well is vital and ensures a long, efficient life. Wells don’t require a lot of maintenance. Rather, the key is to keeping up with the maintenance schedule. If you are serious about adding a water well at home, expect to do the following once that well is operational:

  • It is recommended you have your well equipment professionally inspected at least once every 3-5 years.

  • It is also recommended you clean and sanitize your well annually.

  • Test your water source for quality on a regular basis.

  • Keep a detailed record of maintenance, testing, and other relevant topics.

Learn More

We hope this article has helped while you consider adding a water well to your home. If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact us! As central Indiana’s most experienced and reputable well contractor, you can count on C&J Well Company to be there every step of the way.

08 Sep 2015

What to Do If Your Well Stops Working

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I Think My Water Well Just Broke. What Should I Do?

It’s a situation no well owner ever wants to be in: You turn on the tap, glass in hand, but nothing happens. Where’s the water?

A no-water emergency can be a stressful, confusing time. To help you prepare for such a situation, let’s take a look at a few of the reasons that water wells fail; warning signs of a potential no-water emergency; and what to expect when you give us a call.

Common Causes of Water Well Failure

Most of the time, a no-water emergency at a home equipped with a well is due to equipment failure. Well components like pumps and power supplies can fail, especially when they are poorly maintained and/or not properly cleaned. Sometimes, power can be restored with a simple flip of the circuit breaker.

Although not as prevalent as equipment failures, groundwater problems are another fairly common reason for a no-water emergency at home. Aquifers can run dry, or your well’s water source can become contaminated. These situations are often much more difficult to solve and require expert assistance.

One more thing that often causes water stoppage issues is a frozen pipe. While this phenomenon is extremely unlikely to happen this time of year, it is something to keep in the back of your mind once we get closer to fall and winter months.

Warning Signs of a No-Water Emergency

Many symptoms of an ongoing or impending no-water emergency are easy to identify, while many others are not.. Look for these warning signs:

Equipment failure

  • Power loss
  • Strange noises from well equipment
  • Well pump keeps turning on and off
  • Fluctuating water pressure

Groundwater problem

  • Cloudy or dirty tap water
  • Water that tastes or smells strange
  • Air in faucets
  • Well pump keeps running longer than normal

Even if you can’t tell the difference between a faulty system and a dry well, it never hurts to call the pros.

Well Problems? Call (317) 852-WELL.

For water well problems, a plumber isn’t enough. You need the professional expertise and the specialized resources that only C&J Well Company can deliver. No-water emergencies rarely strike at convenient times. That’s why we offer limited after hour and weekend service, but the sooner you address your water issue and notify us, the sooner we can repair it.

Want to learn more? Contact us for details about our many well services. And remember – no emergency is too big or too small for us to solve, guaranteed!

26 Aug 2015

When to Clean Out Your Water Well

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Is It Time for a Water Well Cleanout?

It’s no surprise that things located underground tend to get dirty, and your home’s water well is no exception. While we hate adding more to your cleaning and maintenance routine, regular well cleanouts can help extend the life of your system.

Now the tricky part, do you know when it’s time to have your water well professionally cleaned out? If your answer is no, C&J can help you figure that out.

The Most Common Signs a Well Cleanout is Needed

Two of the most common signs that a well is ready for a cleanout are:

  • Poor water quality
  • Lower water production

So, if you begin to notice cloudy or foul-smelling water from your tap, or have a well that isn’t producing water like it should, give us a call. Over time, your well pump can become clogged with debris and minerals that can build up in the system. Any of these problems can be remedied with a proper professional cleanout.

The C&J Well Cleanout Process

Our cleanout service is a complex and proven process. Using high-quality equipment and expert technicians, we remove and inspect your water well components before giving each part a thorough cleaning. We utilize highly compressed air, specialized chemicals, and other commercial tools to revive your well system. Once the process is complete, you’ll notice clear benefits right away. Expect a C&J well cleanout to:

  • Improve your water quality
  • Increase your water production
  • Extend the life of your well components
  • Lower your well maintenance costs

Save $450 With C&J This Summer

Beginning June 21 (and for a limited time!), you’ll save $450 on a brand new well pump when you purchase a well cleanout service. Find more details on our website or get in touch with us to learn more.

Dirty wells can lead to mechanical problems and water that is unsafe to drink. Protect your system and your family, and schedule a professional well cleanout service with C&J today.

 

15 Jul 2015

Signs It’s Time for a New Water Well Pump

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Your home’s water well is a relatively low-maintenance system designed to last for several years or more – but not forever. So how can you tell when it’s time to replace that system’s main component – the pump?

Whether you have had a well for many years or you are a first-time well owner, these are the need-to-know signs that it is time to change your well pump.

Symptoms of Pump Failure 

Thankfully, a failing well pump often will let you know before it’s too late. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Decreased water pressure
  • Spurts from faucets when opened
  • Pump running longer/harder than normal (utility bills might increase)
  • No water or intermittent loss of water

If you experience any of these problems or other unusual issues with your water well, don’t hesitate to get in touch with C&J. Ignoring potential problems can lead to even bigger and costlier system breakdowns.

Why Well Pumps Fail  

Although they are designed to be durable and long-lasting, water well pumps do fail for a number of reasons. Age is a primary factor. Other common reasons include:

  • Lack of maintenance. Well maintenance is an investment every owner should make. Ignoring regularly scheduled maintenance, annual inspections, cleaning, minor repairs and other important duties only leads to well malfunctions and premature breakdowns.
  • Power outage. Is your well connected to a backup electrical supply in case of emergency? If not, your pump will most likely stop working should you lose power at home.
  • Expansion tank problems. Pumps are designed to fill your well’s expansion tank with water, and they turn on when a specific pressure level is reached. If the tank loses pressure, the pump runs harder to keep water levels up. This puts additional strain on the pump, which can then fail.

Save Big by Replacing Your Pump 

To encourage folks across central Indiana to replace their aging and ailing water well pumps now, C&J Well Company is offering 2 exclusive deals. For a limited time, you’ll save $450 on our comprehensive well cleanout service with the purchase of a new pump. We are also offering 10% off a Grundfos constant pressure system + well cleaning until September 21, 2015!

Learn more about the importance of proper cleanouts and why you need one. Contact our C&J team for a free consultation and to schedule a visit today!

24 May 2015

The Most Effective Way to Boost Well Water Pressure

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Although the benefits of a home water well are plenty, there’s a trade-off we often hear from private well owners: The water pressure isn’t always something to brag about. Thankfully, you can enjoy more efficient water usage by contacting C&J Well Company and letting us know you’re ready for a little something called “constant pressure”.

How Constant Pressure Systems Work

The secret to better water pressure is consistency. For many private wells, factors like groundwater levels, water usage, and weather can cause changes in pressure and flow to your home. By replacing your old well pump with a constant pressure system, you can eliminate these variations altogether.

At C&J, we stock, sell, and service Grundfos submersible pumps. Headquartered in Denmark, Grundfos is the world’s leading pump manufacturer, known globally for its commitment to technology, innovation, and quality. Unlike conventional pumps that only turn on and off, constant pressure systems from Grundfos feature a variable speed motor that changes depending on the volume of water being used. If your home’s water demand increases, your pump speeds up. Likewise, the pump will slow down or shut off when water usage drops.

Benefits of Constant Water Pressure

Constant pressure systems create a constant flow of water through all of your home’s faucets, just like city homes supplied by the municipal water grid. Additional benefits of a Grundfos constant pressure pump include:

  • Customizable water pressure with the push of a button.
  • Stronger baths and showers with easier cleaning.
  • Less worrying and monitoring of home water usage.
  • Improved lawn and garden irrigation.
  • A more efficient, space-saving tank design.

To learn more about pumps and constant pressure systems from Grundfos, visit their website.

Ready for Constant Pressure?

Stronger showers await. This spring, save 10% when you purchase a Grundfos constant pressure system with us. Follow the link for details.

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