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.

27 Apr 2015

Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your Well!

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April showers are falling and May flowers are growing – two big signs that spring is definitely here! But we bet there’s one important area in your home that hasn’t made it on your spring cleaning list this year: your home’s water well. After another tough Indiana winter, it could certainly use some TLC.

DIY Water Well Maintenance for Homeowners

To keep your well running efficiently and in the best condition possible, there are a few simple things you can do on your own.

  • Know your well’s history.
    Hang on to your annual inspection reports, maintenance & repair invoices, and all of your water quality testing results.
  • Recognize well cover damage.
    Check the cap and top of your water well casing to make sure things seal up properly and that no visible damage is apparent.
  • Prevent contamination of your home’s well water
    Keep chemicals, hazardous materials, and pet and livestock enclosures from breaching a safe zone of at least 50 feet in every direction from your well’s cap.

Add C&J Well to Your Annual “To-Do” List

Along with testing your smoke detectors and having your air conditioner tune-up, adding a qualified water well inspection to this spring’s to-do list is a smart move. It could also save you money and prevent costly mechanical breakdowns in the long run. C&J offers comprehensive well inspections for homes and businesses. Count on our multi-point service to include the following features:

  • Water flow test
  • Water level measure
  • Electrical performance check
  • Equipment condition check
  • Water quality test
  • Sanitation test

When operating properly, water wells are fairly hassle-free machines. Don’t put the upkeep off any longer – call 317-566-2079 or contact us today!

17 Apr 2015

Angie’s List Honors C&J Well Company for Service Excellence

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2014 Angie's List Super Service AwardWe’re extremely thrilled to be recognized once again as a Super Service Award-winning company by Angie’s List, a national review site for service providers. You could say this award is kind of a big deal: According to Angie’s List, it “honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews.”

Qualifying for the Super Service Award

Simply meeting eligibility requirements is no small feat. Only the top 5% of qualifying companies in each category and service market may receive this award, and that’s only after a background check is performed and passed. More criteria for eligibility, courtesy of Angie’s List, include the following:

  • Must maintain an “A” Rating in each of the following areas:
    • Overall Grade, which averages all reviews received (3.5 GPA minimum)
    • Recent Grade, which averages reviews from the last three years (3.5 GPA minimum)
    • Review Period Grade, which averages reviews received since the previous November 1st to October 31st (GPA varies)
  • Must be in good standing with Angie’s List

Our team gives a tremendous “Thank you!” to Angie’s List and our customers for this incredible honor, and the continued opportunity to do what we love – make you happy.

Rewarded for Our Super Service … Again!

C&J Well Company has earned this significant award not once, not twice, but SEVEN times: in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, and again in 2014. We hope that gives you added reassurance to consider us the next time you’re in search of a qualified well and plumbing company in central Indiana.

Our Greatest Achievement: Your Satisfaction

Impressive awards and positive reviews are important, but they’re much more powerful when we know you’re satisfied with your service. At C&J, we work as hard as possible to make sure every experience is positive, convenient, and stress-free for our customers.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our products and services. Find us on Angie’s List, the BBB, and other websites, and read the reviews for yourself. And of course, feel free to contact us anytime with any questions or comments you have. There are a lot of companies in the Indianapolis area to choose from, but there’s only one C&J. Thank you for your business.

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