30 Dec 2015

How to Keep Well Water Rust & Sand Free

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Rust needs three things to grow: iron, oxygen, and water. For all of you well owners out there, at least two of those things should be in pretty steady supply. So how do you keep rust and other unwanted impurities like sand out of your water? C&J Well Company in Indianapolis has a few suggestions and solutions on what you can do.

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Getting Rid of Rust

Those dark red stains on sinks and bathtubs are a relatively common occurrence in homes connected to a well, and they mean that dissolved iron is present in the water. While not inherently harmful to your health, iron can attract bacterial slime which poses a potential threat and can damage vital well components. Preventing iron is a twofold process that involves filtration and chlorination:

  • First, you want to make sure that all screens and filters (in your well, water softener/treatment system, refrigerator/ice maker, etc.) are in good shape and not clogged with debris. Follow recommended replacement schedules, and replace filters early if they show signs of wear and tear.
  • Secondly, make sure that you flush your well at least once a year with bleach. A clean well usually means clean water.

If iron staining is occurring after the softener, we would recommend a service call for your water softener. Sometimes the media needs replaced or a simple mechanism can fail and require a repair or replacement.

Stopping Sand at the Source

Like iron and rust, sand is an all-too-familiar annoyance among well owners. The presence of sand in your home water supply is typically a sign that screens and filters need replaced. Less common but a bigger cause for concern – a well that suddenly starts pumping sand or grit could mean that the well itself is filling with sand.

In either case, your best bet is to contact a professional well contractor like C&J Well Company if you notice sediment in your Indianapolis area home’s water supply. Most of the time, we can identify the problem and fix it for you in the same visit.

Well Cleaning & Maintenance is Key

Like any complex system, keeping up to date on water well cleaning and maintenance is the most important thing a well owner can do since rust, sand, and buildup can easily enter your well and water supply. Thankfully, it is fairly easy to eliminate them, too. For more tips, tricks, and ways we can help, contact our team at C&J Well Company today.

21 Dec 2015

Winter Well Cleaning Special — Save $350!

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Good things come to those who wait. To celebrate another successful year, and to help keep some extra money in your pocket this winter, C&J Well Company is offering a deep discount on our signature well cleanout service.

From now until March 19, 2016, you can save 33% when you schedule your well cleaning with us. That’s a savings of $350!

Whether you’re a well owner who keeps track of important scheduled maintenance, or if it’s a task that tends to slip your mind, our year end offer is the perfect opportunity to scratch this service off your “to-do” list and save some money at the same time.

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Why a Well Clean Out is Important

Your modern water well is designed to operate without major hassle or maintenance for many, many years. That doesn’t mean you should simply ignore it. C&J Well Company recommends – and most experts agree – that a professional well cleaning should be performed every five to seven years.

Our complete water well cleaning maintenance is much more than simply running bleach through your system. For that, you can read our handy guide on how to chlorinate a well, a simple task that should be completed at least once a year.

C&J’s well clean out service is a much more thorough and permanent process. We carefully remove your submersible well pump and lower a compressed air line into the well. That high-output air breaks apart and blasts away years of built-up gunk and sediment out the top of your well. We fully inspect your pump and tank, checking for wear and tear and any signs of a problem. We also measure water flow before putting everything back together. All of this ensures cleaner, clearer, fresher tasting water with 7 more years of confidence in your well system once again.

Schedule a Winter Well Clean Out Now

Is it time (or past time) for a well cleaning? Then call 800-957-8854 to schedule our comprehensive service now, and you’ll save $350! That extra money is nice, but so is the peace of mind knowing that your water well will be ready to go for another five to seven years.

From Acton to Zionsville and dozens of central Indiana communities in between, count on C&J Well Company to handle all of your well drilling, maintenance, and service needs. We are a locally owned family business with more than 20 years of experience.

14 Dec 2015

C&J Makes Well Drilling Easier & Cleaner

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There’s a new drilling rig in town, and it’s one that we are very excited to talk about. Why? Because it’s ours! C&J Well Company is expanding our fleet with the purchase of a VERSA-DRILL rig, and this addition is newsworthy for two big reasons.

The Benefits of a VERSA-DRILL

First, VERSA-DRILL equipment is built right here in Indianapolis by Laibe Corporation, a third-generation family-owned business with more than 50 years of service in the Hoosier state.

The second reason we’re happy to share this news is due to the drill itself. The VERSA-DRILL V-140X is a lightweight, compact, and powerful rig that’s also state of the art. Thanks to a specially designed derrick and a patented feed system, this rig can drill hundreds of feet into the ground while creating less mud mess. Well drilling is dirty business, and our cleaner methods are good for your property and for the environment. This innovative rig also gives us the ability to drill wells in tighter, harder-to-reach areas.

We’ve already put this new toy to work right here in town. Recently, C&J Well Company was awarded a contract to drill a new well at the Morris-Butler House, nestled in Indy’s historic Old Northside neighborhood. Working on a 160-year-old Indiana landmark takes planning and precision – and a little bit of prayer, too – which was all made easier thanks to our brand new VERSA-DRILL rig.

Your First Choice for Indianapolis Well Drilling

Whether you call an urban mansion or a country cottage home, count on C&J Well Company to get your job done right. We are constantly improving our equipment and our expertise, and you won’t find a more high-tech or eco-friendly partner when it’s time to drill your well. Learn more about our Indianapolis well services or contact us today to get started.

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!

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