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.

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.

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