25 Mar 2016

Types of Water Wells & Their Construction

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Today’s modern water well is a far cry from the old days. Gone are buckets and rope. Now, high-efficiency pumps and pressure tanks bring fresh, clean water into your home. Really, the only thing that historic and modern wells share is getting water up and out of the ground.

To do this, we provide a variety of solutions for Indiana homeowners. Read on to learn about the different types of wells and the construction methods we use.

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Three Common Types of Wells

Depending on the geology and layout of your property, we typically suggests one of three common types of water wells.

  • The first type is called a bored well. We use specialized rigs to drill a shallow hole into the ground, usually 100 feet deep or less, until we find a clean water source.
  • The second type of well, a consolidated well is great if the subsurface of your property is mainly natural rock. These wells typically require a deeper borehole to reach water, and feature an average depth of about 250 feet.
  • The third type of well, an unconsolidated well, is ideal for softer, more porous subsurfaces consisting of soil, sand, gravel, or clay. To prevent this loose material from collapsing in on itself, special casings are used to protect the well components.

The Well Construction Process

Since no two properties are exactly alike, a good well contractor must be flexible and adaptive. Here at C&J Well Company, we have the licensure, technicians, equipment, experience, and knowledge to tackle this tough job. Having called Indiana home our entire lives, we also understand the many local, state, and federal codes and regulations required to install and maintain your well.

The first step is finding water. Instead of digging hole after hole and destroying your property, we typically find the optimal well site before we even start drilling your well. Our construction methods are personalized to your home and your family’s needs. Well construction factors including:

  • property size
  • distance from your home and outbuildings
  • family size
  • number of bathrooms
  • whether an irrigation system, swimming pool, spa, etc. exists or is planned

Never hire an unlicensed or unprofessional contractor to install your well. Insist on an expert team that can honestly and confidently answer all of your questions. While the initial cost to properly drill and install a well might seem high, having an expert perform these services equals untold savings for the well owner, thanks to improved efficiency and less maintenance over the life of your well.

Your Indiana Water Well Options

Curious if a private water well is right for your home? Get in touch! C&J Well Company installs and maintains wells out in the country and within city limits, even if your home is currently connected to a municipal water supply. No matter your water needs, we have a solution for you.

Learn more about well types, construction methods, and other important facts in this free well owner’s manual