What does the process of installing a well look like from start to finish?
For many homeowners who are new to private well ownership, the well drilling and installation process is shrouded in mystery—which is completely understandable. After all, most people won’t have to undertake a project of this scope in their lifetimes. But if you’re looking to drill a new well because your old one dried up, or you want to install a brand-new private well to get off the municipal grid, you’ll need to gain a general understanding of what drilling and installing a water well entails.
So, here’s what our professional well contractors want you to know about the private well installation process.
1. On-Site Consultation
The first step in the well installation process is an on-site consultation, wherein our well contractor comes to your property, assesses the geological conditions and water table, and locates the optimal place to start drilling.
2. Start Drilling the Well
Once we’ve chosen the ideal spot for your well, we’ll begin the construction phase by drilling into the earth. During this procedure, our powerful well drilling equipment will break through bedrock until we reach the underground aquifer, which will become your water source.
3. Install the Well Casing
The well casing is a long tube made of metal or plastic that gets inserted into the hole that we drilled. This is arguably the most crucial component of your well, as it forms the entire physical structure, similar to the framing of a house. It reaches all the way down to the aquifer and is sealed at the top with a well cap.
4. Install the Well Screen
Another key component of your well is the well screen. It’s fitted at the bottom of your well casing where the water supply enters, preventing dirt and sediment from entering the well.
5. Apply Grout to Seal Off Well Casing
After installing the well structure, there’s usually a small gap between the well casing and the surrounding earth. Our well contractors will seal this off with grout to ensure the utmost safety of your well.
6. Develop the Well
Developing is industry jargon for cleaning. We’ll use high-powered equipment to blow away any loose sediment that might remain in your well from all the construction.
7. Install the Well Pump
The last step of installing your new wall is adding the well pump. Next to the well casing, the pump is the most important part of your well, as it’s what pulls groundwater into the well and sends it to your home’s plumbing system. Optionally, you can add a pressure tank for improved waterflow and performance.
8. Final Water Testing
Before you can start using your private well, we’ll perform a water quality test to be certain it’s safe and clean. Once we know your water is free of contaminants, you’ll be good to go!