06 Apr 2015

H2Odors Part 3: Removing & Preventing Water Odors

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In the first two posts of this series, you’ve learned what causes some of the most common odors found in tap water. Excellent! Based on the specific smell, you can probably guess the offender. Even better! Now it’s time to tackle the most important question…

How do I get rid of the stink in my water?

Let’s wrap up our series on smelly water with some expert solutions and preventative measures from C&J Well Company, plus a few DIY tips for those inclined to tackle this on their own.

Professional Odor Removal Tips

Just like pretty much anything mechanical, your home’s water supply system benefits from regular maintenance. This is true regardless of whether your tap water comes from the city or from a private well on your property. Though upkeep techniques differ depending on the water source, we recommend these effective procedures.

For private water wells:

  • Inspection & cleaning. At C&J Well, we recommend having your water well professionally inspected at least once a year, and again if you’re experiencing water quality or mechanical issues. Expect an expert service to include pump disassembly, sediment removal, high pressure cleaning, and component replacement when necessary.
  • Water softener. In addition to eliminating the damaging effects of hard water, softeners also improve the smell and taste of your home’s water supply. Depending on your personal needs (home size, family water usage, etc.), a single tank or twin tank system might make more sense.
  • Reverse osmosis (RO). Ever seen this term on a fancy bottle of water? You can get reverse osmosis straight from your tap at home, too! RO systems are designed to integrate with your potable water supply, treating and conditioning water used for drinking and cooking purposes.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. UV lighting lets you harness the power of the sun to kill microscopic material in your home’s water supply. These systems may sound complicated, but UV disinfectors are fairly simple to maintain.

For municipal water:

Aside from the water well inspection & cleaning, the solutions highlighted above for improving the smell, taste, and quality of well water can also be applied if your home relies on a municipal water source.

DIY Odor Removal Tips

While installing a water softener or reverse osmosis system might be too difficult for the average homeowner, there are some steps you can take to minimize the effects and risks of smelly water. Consider the following:

  • Portable filtration. Several companies make water filters that fit inside your refrigerator or screw onto your sink faucet. Likewise, many new fridge models feature built-in filtration systems for drinking water and ice.
  • Biological testing. Although we encourage all water well owners to do this annually, homeowners with municipal water can also test their supply for elevated levels of potentially harmful materials.
  • Reporting issues. Does your water suddenly have a chlorine or rotten egg odor? Report it! Contact your local water provider, health department, and/or C&J Well Company for advice on additional steps you can take.

Don’t Settle for Stinky Water

When in doubt, always make sure to take action if you’re experiencing odors in your well or municipal water supply. Hopefully this series has empowered you to make informed decisions and get the crisp, clear, clean water you and your family deserve. Learn more by browsing our website, reading our blog, and contacting C&J Well for more information!

11 Mar 2015

H2Odors Part 2: Identifying Smells in Your Water

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woman holding her noseA few weeks ago, we helped you identify the common causes for odors in your tap water. Today, we’re covering the ways you can identify those causes and how to tell the difference between natural elements and potentially toxic chemicals. That way, you can keep everyone who relies on your home’s water supply healthy and safe.

If you notice strange or foul odors in your Indianapolis-area home’s well or municipal water supply, ask yourself the following question: Does it smell like rotten eggs, chemicals, or fuel?

My Water Smells Like: Rotten Eggs

Just to recap Part 1:  A sulfur smell, much like that of rotten eggs, is the most common odor-related reason folks contact us here at C&J Well Company. Much of the time, the presence of sulfur in tap water is due to natural causes. However, it can also be associated with equipment problems like a failing water heater, algae blooms, or agricultural runoff. If sulfur odors in your water are overwhelming or have a very sudden onset, be on the safe side — call in an expert.

My Water Smells Like: Dirt

Like sulfur, earthy odors in tap water are typically harmless and are due to natural causes. People describe these odors to us in many ways, saying their water smells musty, or it reminds them of a forest or river. For municipal water supplies, organic smells may be linked to chloramines, which are microscopic compounds containing chlorine and ammonia (commonly used in the treatment process).

On the flip side, earthy odors might also point to metallic elements like cadmium and barium. You want to make sure these materials are removed from your water supply.

My Water Smells Like: Chemicals

The presence of chemicals in a home’s drinking water is a problem that should be remedied as soon as possible. Chemicals that leak into wells or plumbing systems may come from a damaged septic system, pesticides and agricultural runoff, and even pharmaceutical waste. Chlorine, the same stuff used to clean pools and your white clothes, is also present in municipal water. Its strong disinfecting qualities are used to kill pathogens and treat water. Chlorine should rarely be noticeable in well water, though.

Chemicals can be removed from your tap water when the proper tools and methods are utilized.

My Water Smells Like: Gasoline

If your tap water smells like gasoline, you definitely have a very serious issue. Though rare, oil, fuel, and solvents can leech into the water supply due to underground storage tank leaks, illegal dumping and disposal, factory discharge, and agricultural runoff.

Drinking water tainted with petroleum products and other industrial chemicals can cause a number of health problems, so don’t ignore this one. Contact your municipal water supply and/or your local health department immediately.

What Can I Do?

The majority of odors that could be affecting your home’s water supply are easily noticeable. No matter how minor the smell may be, if you feel something might be a bit off, go ahead and contact C&J Well. We’ll tell you if the issue is something you should be concerned about, and we’ll help with products and services designed to improve your water quality.

Enjoy better smelling, better tasting tap water. And be sure to check back here soon for the final episode of our H2Odors series: Getting Rid of the Stink.

10 Feb 2015

How to Spot the REAL C&J Well Company

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C&J Well Company logoEven though you probably don’t know Charles Caleb Colton, there is a good chance you know his famous quote.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

The eccentric writer coined several noteworthy phrases during his life in England around the turn of the nineteenth century. Now we realize you didn’t come here for a history lesson, but if you’ll bear with us for a moment, we want to share a quick bit of history on the real C&J Well Company.

How C&J Well Company Got Started

We are the only C&J Well Company in Indiana, and we have been a proud part of the Brownsburg community since 1996. The “C” and “J” in our title comes from our founders Christy and Josh, after the latter had the opportunity to purchase a well drilling rig nearly 20 years ago. Since then, we have been blessed to witness business grow substantially. C&J Well Company has expanded office space, equipment, and employees, along with our service area across central Indiana. Over the years, we have also acquired a few other well-known businesses whose names you might still recognize today. We are also proud to be members of the BBB, Indiana Ground Water Association, and the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.

What Our Imitators are Doing

Apparently, our success has recently inspired some less successful and less reputable imitation. It has come to our attention that there are some people out there trying to use the C&J name and assets in an attempt to secure customers for themselves. These C&J Well Company impostors represent themselves by using our letters, C&J, when speaking to potential customers on the phone.  They also use a similar logo with different combinations of initials in print materials. We have heard they might send “employees” out to homes in unmarked vehicles and without C&J clothing or official identification, and even imitate some of the warranties that the real C&J Well Company has offered and built an honest reputation with over the years.

The REAL C&J Well Company

We don’t want to scare anyone, but we do want to alert residents about potential C&J imitators. Our team has devised a few important tips for you to weed out the C&J Well Company impostors from the only legitimate and real C&J Well Company around.

  1. Look for our logo. Whether you search for the real C&J Well Company online or in the yellow pages, you’ll see our logo. Look for the red “C” and yellow “J” with the little black ampersand in the middle. This logo is clearly marked on our website, Yellow Book listings, social media accounts, vehicles, uniforms, and business cards.
  2. Check our credentials. Not everyone can do the kind of work that we do. At the real C&J Well Company, we’re always happy and more than willing to show our licenses, insurance information, and other references and documentation you request. It’s just one more way we bring our customers trust and peace of mind.
  3. Know your names. Although the real C&J Well Company generally goes by this name, we have also done business under the following names:
    • Water Wells by Wilhite
    • Dean Well Drilling
    • Harness Brothers Well Drilling

C&J Well Company acquired these companies over the years and we want to keep their names alive. Please note that when you call these companies, we answer the phone as C&J Well Company.

4.  Trust your gut. If something feels fishy to you, there’s a good chance that it is. The real C&J Well Company will never solicit you, pressure you into signing a contract needed to begin work, perform more work than is necessary, or act unprofessionally in any way. We’ve built our business around honesty, confidence, and trust, and you should never expect any less from us.

Accept no Imitations

Deceitfulness is an unfortunate tactic that exists in every professional field. While we can’t completely avoid C&J impostors, please know that we are working diligently and around the clock to eliminate C&J fraud whenever we find it. Thankfully, these instances are rare.

So the next time you are researching an Indianapolis area well company to hire, remember that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to your well and water needs, accept no imitators. Demand the best in the business. Ask for the real C&J Well Company


15 Jan 2015

H2Odors Part 1: What Causes the Smell?

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Aside from the many benefits that come with having your own private source of water at home, one of the biggest questions we get asked here at C&J Well Company regards the possibility of odors in well water. We’re happy to provide some answers and solutions to the question, and thought it would make sense to share this information via our blog as well. For the sake of length, we’ll split this article into three parts. Part 1 focuses on the causes of smells in well water, Part 2 identifies the most common odors and Part 3 will instruct you how to prevent and eliminate odors in your home water supply. Be sure to check back here often for the upcoming parts of this article!

“Rotten Eggs” in My Well Water?

Unless an old chicken coop fell into your well, that rotten egg smell you notice with your water isn’t actually rotten eggs. The likely culprit is a gas called hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a byproduct of bacteria breaking down organic material in an oxygen-poor environment (think of swamps or sewers), and it also occurs naturally in places like volcanoes, hot springs, and groundwater.

Speaking of bacteria, the presence of hydrogen sulfide inside your well can also mean that you have sulfur bacteria down there, too.

Does Hydrogen Sulfide Pose a Health Risk?

It is important to remember that a sulfur smell doesn’t typically mean your water is of poor quality. Sulfur bacteria by themselves are not harmful. Although in very high quantities, hydrogen sulfide is dangerous, very rarely does it pose any kind of health risk when naturally present in a home’s water supply.

Notice we say “naturally” present. Hydrogen sulfide can also be found in sewage, runoff, and wastewater, so it is always a good idea to have your water quality tested by an expert like C&J Well Company. You want to make sure that your home’s water is free of pathogens and other harmful materials.

Will Hydrogen Sulfide or Bacteria Damage My Well?

The presence of hydrogen sulfide or sulfur bacteria inside your water well can cause other problems, especially if left ignored for a long period of time. Bacteria can gum up vital well components and other parts of your home’s plumbing, which may lead to clogs and damage. Hydrogen sulfide gas can stain plumbing parts and fixtures, and even corrode metal surfaces.

What Can I Do About Smelly Water?

Remember, the mere presence of that “rotten egg” smell by itself shouldn’t sound alarm bells, because it is a relatively common aspect of well water systems. If odors appear or change suddenly or dramatically, or you experience problems with your home’s water well or plumbing systems, you should give C&J Well Company a call . Even if you don’t need maintenance or repairs, you can have better peace of mind by allowing us to test your water quality for safety and health standards.

Learn more about hydrogen sulfide, sulfur bacteria, and the health of your water well by contacting C&J Well Company in Indianapolis today. And stay tuned for H2Odors Part 2: Identifying Smells in Your Water.

15 Nov 2014

What Do I Do with an Abandoned Water Well?

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Digging a new water well for your Indiana home is one thing. What to do with that well once it runs dry is an entirely different story. At C&J Well Company in Indianapolis, we offer several expert well services, one of which is advising clients on how to deal with old and abandoned wells. Sometimes, you buy a property that already has an abandoned well on site; other times, the water well you’ve relied on for years or even decades finally ceases to perform. No matter the situation, it is important for property owners to carefully seal their failed wells.

Potential dangers of abandoned wells

One of the most visible risks associated with an abandoned well is the safety threat it poses. People and animals can fall into uncovered, unmarked wells, resulting in serious injury or even death. At C&J Well, we can think of countless examples that exist in fiction (remember Lassie?) and in real life. A plugged well that is improperly sealed or covered still poses major risks, due to the potential for loose soil to cave in, swallowing whoever or whatever is unlucky enough to be by the hole at that time.

You’re likely already aware of the personal risks. Did you also know that abandoned wells often cause groundwater contamination? This is especially troublesome if you have a newer, functioning water well near an old, abandoned system. C&J reminds you that it only takes a few drops of certain contaminants to poison every single gallon of groundwater under your Indiana water well, and perhaps the wells of your neighbors, too.

How to solve the problem of an abandoned well

Although abandoned wells cause problems for residents across the state of Indiana, there are many steps you can take to remedy the situation. Broken and outdated components can be replaced to bring the well back to a functional status. In some situations, a replacement well can be dug into or near the existing borehole to tap an aquifer. If the abandoned well is truly dried up, it should be permanently filled and plugged to avoid any future hazards. The single worst thing you can do to an old well is ignore it.

For all of these cases, rely on qualified professionals like C&J Well Company to do the work for you. Our team members are trained and insured, and have the experience and equipment necessary to do the job the right way, every time.

Abandoned wells – what you can do

If you encounter an abandoned water well in Indiana or suspect a well might be abandoned, you should report your information to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. From the DNR website, you can also view Indiana’s comprehensive water well record database, consisting of more than 400,000 water wells drilled across the state.

Have an old, failing, or abandoned well on your property? Another step you can take is to call C&J Well Company. Located right here in the Indianapolis area, C&J Well can service and repair your existing well components. We also offer replacement well digging services, using some of the most advanced equipment and techniques in the industry today. Contact C&J for more information and to schedule a free consultation and estimate today.

You rely on a well to provide your Indiana home with fresh, clean water. Make sure those wells remain safe now and for future generations to come.

30 Oct 2014

Submersible Well Pump-The Heart of Your Well System

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Have a well at home? That fresh, clean water flowing from your faucets wouldn’t be there without a pump. Although every part of a well is important, the pump is what makes it possible for you to enjoy your own water without having to go outside and lug a rope and bucket up from the underground. Moving gallon after gallon of potable water through a network of pipes while maintaining constant pressure, well pumps are truly the heart of your system.

Most folks across Indianapolis and central Indiana rely on a submersible pump for their wells. C&J Well Company has a lot of experience installing, maintaining, and replacing submersible pumps throughout our service area. We get a lot of questions about these devices, and since there are many options to choose from, we want to highlight some of the factors you should consider when selecting a submersible pump for your own well.

Popular types & sizes

When researching submersible well pumps, you’ll come across a common set of features. These include:

  • Size
  • Speed
  • Horsepower
  • Capacity (gallons per minute, or GPM)
  • Voltage
  • Wiring

While that might seem like a lot to consider, universal industry standards exist for each of these features. Take voltage, for example. You only have to choose between 115 and 230 volts. Likewise, nearly all submersible pumps feature just two or three wires. If you are replacing an old pump in an existing well, then look for the same features on that new device.

Depending on the pump make and model, you have several options for capacity. Here’s a simple method to determine the GPM you need. Add up all of the water fixtures (sinks, showers, toilets, dishwashers, ice makers, outdoor spigots, etc.) in and around your home. Let’s say you have the following:

  • 2 showers
  • 2 toilets
  • 3 sinks
  • 1 dishwasher
  • 2 outdoor spigots

2+2+3+1+2=10. For each fixture, your home needs about one GPM. So 10 fixtures requires a submersible pump with a 10 GPM capacity. Once you add up all of the fixtures at your home, look for a pump with a matching capacity.

Questions? Feel free to contact C&J Well Company  for friendly and straightforward advice!

 Constant Pressure Systems

 C & J Well has installed thousands of constant pressure systems in central Indiana. These revolutionary systems read the pressure in your house and either speed up or slow down your pump to maintain one constant pressure regardless of how many water fixtures you are running in the house at once.

For instance, if you are brushing your teeth your pump motor barely spins which is very efficient and conducive for long pump life. But as you open more and more faucets in the home the motor increase its RPMs to maintain your desired pressure.

This is not only a very efficient way to operate a pump system from an electrical standpoint, but it is also excellent in producing long lasting pumps. Another benefit is that it allows you to reduce your pressure tank size to that of a soccer ball. It’s truly a wonderful technological breakthrough for a very old trade. Old school and technology come together in a really cool way here.

 10 Year Limited Warranty

C&J Well’s pump systems come with a 10 year limited warranty*. We have found this to be the best in our industry and we are pleased to offer it to our valued customers.

* geothermal, commercial, and irrigation systems only receive a one year parts and labor in addition to the manufactures warranties.


C&J Well is happy to offer Flint and Walling pumps. Flint and Walling has been in the business of providing well pumps for over 100 years.

Flint & Walling’s parent company (Zoeller Pump Company) is based in Kentucky; however all of the pump parts are made and assembled in Indiana. We are very excited about being able to stimulate the Hoosier economy!

Most other pump manufacturers have gone to making parts and/or assembling their pumps in China and Mexico. This has produced a variety of quality issues that we highly recommend avoiding. Most of the pumps that you find at the big box stores are of such quality.

Flint and Walling and C&J are teaming up for a great Hoosier combination!

 Selecting the right submersible pump for you

Email us, call, or stop by our office for more information, and let us help choose the best submersible well pump for you. Whether you have an existing water well, or would like a new well dug for your home, C&J Well Company is here to help . We have decades of proven experience in and around the Indianapolis region, and we’ll work hard to be your first and only choice for well drilling and service, as well as water treatment solutions.

15 Oct 2014

Problem with Rust in Your Well Water?

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You don’t have to tell C&J Well Company about the many benefits of well water. After all, we’re one of the state’s biggest supporters of private water wells! The perks of having your own natural source of fresh water are nearly endless, and we could definitely fill up an entire blog post just listing them. That said, like the folks who rely on a public utility to provide their home with water, those of us with water wells at home know that issues can occur from time to time.

Today, we’re going to talk about a common culprit and one of the biggest sources of service calls to C&J Well Company. And that, friends, is rust.

What is Rust?

Rust, or iron oxide, is formed by a reaction between iron and oxygen. It is intensified by moisture and water. Since rust is found naturally and abundantly in the ground, and because water wells are wet places (duh!), it only makes sense that rust can sometimes be found in and around our wells.

Although it can give your well water a reddish tint and make it taste kind of strange, the good news is rust is rarely harmful to your health. Want more good news? Rust is generally pretty easy to get rid of.

How to Remove Rust from Your Well Water

First of all, it’s a good idea to call the team here at C&J Well Company if you notice any changes to your well or your water. Changes in well performance can signal a possible mechanical problem. Changes to the taste, smell, or look of water might mean possible contamination. Either way, the pros at C&J are equipped and ready to fix the issue. Like we’ve said many times before, regular well cleaning, professional inspections, and water quality testing are all vital to a healthy and operational.

Another option homeowners have for removing rust is to add reverse osmosis or a water softener to their well system. Reverse osmosis works by removing nearly all dissolved solids from your well water.  Water softeners treat and improve well water in a number of ways. An added bonus … you can say goodbye to the nasty effects of hard water. Your skin will be smoother, your dishes will be shinier, and your laundered clothes will be brighter.  C&J Well Company sells, installs, and services all kinds of reverse osmosis and water softening systems. Contact us to learn more about them.

If reverse osmosis or water softening isn’t for you, C&J can also examine and replace well components like faulty filters and screens, water aerators, and gravel beds, and make suggestions on how to improve the quality of your groundwater before it enters your system.

How to Remove Rust from Your Well Water

Here’s another consideration to remember. In some situations, when well water is stained a reddish color, rust isn’t the offender. Instead, ruddy water might be caused by clay or other ground particles. This is why we always encourage our customers, and all folks who rely on private wells at home, to regularly have your system tested by a professional.

Rust rarely poses an immediate danger, but it can cause problems if ignored for a long time, too. So do yourself a favor and get in touch with C&J Well Company if you suspect that iron oxide has infiltrated your water well. We’ll get you taken care of in no time.

01 Oct 2014

Geothermal Heat Pumps – An Option for Well Owners, Too

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By now, if you follow the C&J Well Company blog, you probably are sort of familiar with the term “geothermal.” We’ve discussed some of the benefits that geothermal systems can offer homes. Geothermal heating and cooling is also a popular topic on many home improvement, homesteading, and rural websites and online communities.

Today, C&J Well Co. wants to talk about geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps provide warm and cool air to homes, and are great year-round central air systems.

Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics

Since the earth is a constant temperature all year long, it is an efficient and eco-friendly source of energy. Geothermal heat pumps work by harnessing that constant underground temperature instead of the air temperature above ground, which varies widely and can easily range from below zero to over 100 degrees. Even on the hottest days and the coldest nights, the temperatures just a few feet below underground usually stay around 50-60 degrees.

Geothermal heat pumps utilize what’s called a ground heat exchanger to heat or cool your home.

Costs of Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Traditional Heat Pumps

Now there is some trade-off between investing in a traditional air-sourced heat pump and the geothermal alternative. Geothermal heat pumps tend to cost more money to set up, because much of the system needs to be installed underground. That said, you can expect to recoup those additional costs over the next few years, in the form of better energy savings compared with traditional systems. Another bonus – geothermal heat pumps and components are built tough and can last five decades or longer.

Keep in mind, to offset the initial cost of installation, the federal government is offering a 30% tax credit for geothermal equipment installed by December 31, 2016.  Plus you may qualify for an Indiana property tax deduction, too.  Get the latest information about these tax savings for geothermal heat pumps.

Geothermal Heat Pumps Offer Installation Versatility

Don’t think your yard is large enough to support a geothermal system? You might be surprised! At C&J Well Co., we offer a variety of geothermal heat pumps for all kinds of applications. There are two main types of heat pump: closed-loop and open loop.

Closed-loop systems can be installed horizontally, vertically, or in a lake or pond, and offer plenty of versatility and customization. Most of these systems rely on antifreeze that circulates through the loops, which are buried underground or submerged in a body of water. The exchanger we mentioned above transfers heat between the antifreeze and refrigerant inside the heat pump. Horizontal systems are great for large land plots. Vertical systems are designed for smaller yards. Submerged systems can be installed underwater in a private pond or lake on your property.

Have a well? An open-loop system might be a great option for you. Instead of antifreeze, many open-loop geothermal heat pump systems use groundwater to exchange heat, and the circulated water returns to the well to be reused. Talk to C&J Well Co. about any possible local regulations concerning open-loop systems.

Is One of These Geothermal Heat Pumps Right for Me?

Great question, and it’s one we love to answer here at C&J Well Co. Learn more about geothermal heat pumps under the “Well Drilling” tab at the top of our website. There you can find more information about the benefits of geothermal drilling, as well as our process for creating a geothermal heat pump system for your home. Feel free to give us a call for friendly, professional advice, and ask about scheduling a free no-obligation geothermal estimate.

Is a geothermal heat pump right for you? That’s something you’ll ultimately have to decide for yourself, but C&J Well Company can provide you with all the help and information you need to make the best decision.

30 Sep 2014

Well Water – Service Your Well to Improve Water Quality

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Indiana’s water quality has made another splash in the media, and it’s not for good reasons. You may have recently heard in the news that our state ranks worst in the nation in terms of water pollution.


According to a new report out by research group Environment America, industrial facilities dumped more than 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways in 2012. And Indiana led all other states by contributing 17 million pounds (keep reading for a link to the study). TV stations and other media reported the findings, along with statements from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management disagreeing with Environment America’s study. Whatever the actual number, C&J Well Company thinks this a great time to remind you about the importance of regular water well cleaning.


Regularly Maintain Your Well


At C&J, we encourage all Hoosiers who rely on private water wells to disinfect their systems on a regular basis using the proven chlorination technique. But chlorinating your well components isn’t an all-inclusive solution for clean drinking water at home. In addition to chlorination, C&J recommends regular inspections and professional well cleaning.


Do you remember the last time you had your well inspected? Look for these warning signs. If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, it’s time to call C&J Well Company:


  • Is my drinking water cloudy or muddy?
  • Does my drinking water have sediment in it?
  • Does my drinking water smell or taste funny?
  • Has my water recently tested positive for biological agents?
  • Do I have low water flow or low well capacity?


Don’t risk the health of your family and the performance of your private water well components. Call C&J Well Co. today! When you hire C&J, you can count on professional, proven well cleaning. Our multi-step process includes some of the following procedures:


  • Comprehensive inspection
  • Removal of submersible pump
  • Pressurized air washing
  • Screen cleaning
  • And much more


Be sure to ask your C&J Well expert about our water quality testing solutions. We also offer a full line of water treatment services that include water softening, reverse osmosis, and UV sterilization. When it comes to your water, C&J Well Company has you protected.


Whether or not Indiana leads the nation in water pollution, well cleaning is a simple step you can take to ensure the quality of your own water supply. Talk to C&J Well Company today for more ways to healthier water at home.


206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into America’s Waterways. Environment America. June 19, 2014. http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/206-million-pounds-toxic-chemicals-dumped-america%E2%80%99s-waterways

30 Sep 2014

Water Well Owners – How to Prepare Your Emergency Water Supply

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Our friends who rely on public water supplies are often at the mercy of their local officials, should a water emergency occur. From boil water advisories to full-blown chemical spills, main breaks and other widespread issues, problems that affect municipal water supplies often create a panic among residents. People rush across town to grocery stores, gas stations, and other retailers to buy up all the bottled water in sight. We’ve even seen cases where unscrupulous entrepreneurs sell bottled water at incredibly marked-up prices on places like Craigslist, just to take advantage of the crisis.


All this leads us to the main point of this article: C&J Well Company wants to know if you store water for long-term emergencies.


Whether it’s a big storm or natural disaster, a major power outage, or even one of those zombie apocalypses popular on television right now, having a safe and reliable source of water is always a smart idea. Even a day or two without water is potentially dangerous. So here are some questions you should ask yourself and steps you can take to be ready, just in case. Remember the old phrase, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”


How much water do I need?


How much water you need depends on many factors, like number of family members at home, where you live, health conditions, whether you have pets, etc. The general rule is one gallon of water per person, per day.


How much water should I have?


Here is where things get a bit trickier. It’s not unheard of for a major storm to knock out power for a couple days. Remember the Elk River chemical spill in Charleston, WV, earlier this year? Polluted water affected many thousands of local residents for a week or longer. When it comes to you and your family, decide just how prepared you want to be. The federal government suggests having a three-day water supply at home, but you may want to plan for more.


How should I store it all?


Let’s say you are a family of four with a golden retriever at home, and you want to store a week’s worth of emergency water. Estimating a gallon per person per day, and half a gallon per pooch per day, that’s about 32 gallons. One gallon of water weighs about 8.35 lbs. so to prepare for a week you’ll need about 267 lbs. of water. That’s a lot of liquid!


Here are some storage devices to consider:


  • Consumer bottled water. You can buy bottled water by the case at just about any grocery store, discount retailer, and hardware store.
  • 1, 5, 7+ gallon jugs. Water comes in larger containers for a wide variety of applications. Store-bought jugs and commercial water coolers are just a few.
  • Your own refilled bottles. Empty 2-liter soda bottles make great water storage when properly cleaned. Avoid storing water in milk or juice containers.
  • Water barrels. For serious planners or folks with large water needs, consider investing in 55-gallon water barrels. You can find many options online.
  • Bathtub. Yes, you read that correctly. In an emergency, you can fill up your bathtub with tap water if it’s still safe to drink. An average tub can hold 100 gallons or more.


C&J Well Company has a couple other reminders for long-term water storage. Consider store-bought water treatment products. Regular bleach can also be used. Either way, know exactly how to use the purification process you choose. Remember that water does go bad, so keep track of expiration dates on bottles, and rotate out your supplies once a year.


Homeowners with private water wells have a unique advantage in emergency situations that result in a power outage.  As long as the water has not been polluted, you have an alternative to storing an emergency water supply.  A generator can supply power to the well pump, which can then continue to deliver water to your home.  And that same generator can provide power to other appliances affected by a power outage.


But no matter what kind of water source you rely on, C&J Well Company encourages you to have a long-term plan. Contact us for more information today.

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