Trying to beat the rain February 2019 while out on a drill site.
There are many options in pumps and equipment for getting water from your well to your home or lawn. The option you go with is largely determined by several factors: what is your intended water purpose, how deep is the water, and how much do you want to spend. One option, which is becoming more popular, is the constant pressure system. These systems allow you to maintain a constant pressure instead of the traditional 20 psi pressure drop. They convert the electricity to 3 phase, thus saving you money on energy consumption. Operating on a variable drive which ramps the motor up and down on start and stop instead of the traditional instant on and off pressure switch, they take up much less room with a smaller pressure tank. See what a difference in space the constant pressure system can be? The left is before and the right is after.
If you are having a problem with iron or a rotten egg/sulfur smell, you are in luck- we have the equipment to fix it. We recommend Iron Breakers for removing iron and hydrogen sulfide gas. It will also filter sediment out of the water. Unlike many approaches, which include treating your water with chemicals, this is an environmentally safe and healthy alternative. We also offer a wide range of reverse osmosis and UV bacteria sterilization equipment. No two jobs are the same- we will custom design a system to meet your specific needs.
Our drill rig and some crew drilling a brand new well.
We work in all types of weather. There are have been times we stayed in the field until 2 a.m. in 15 degree weather to help get people water. Here is a picture after we finished a job in a snow storm. Glad the truck had a heater!
It never ceases to amaze us how many different ways people try to plumb a well. Pictured right is how someone plumbed the well head. This is not the ideal configuration. It was plumbed with two tees and a PVC check valve. These types of check valves break easily and are not recommended. When you check valve breaks, it allows water to be pushed back down the hole. This can disturb the water in the well increasing the sand and/or draining your pressure tank over and over again. We have replaced too many PVC check valves to count.
Corrected plumb and system is now working properly!
One of the things people do not think about with their well installation is taping. To adequately secure the wiring that powers the pump, you must tape it in the appropriate manner. If you do not, then you run the risk of the wire pulling loose or getting caught on something and tape coming off, falling down the hole, and getting lodged in the pump intake. This is generally caused when an installer uses electrical tape instead of 2" well tape to secure the wire to the drop pipe. This mistake could cost you thousands of dollars and loss of water. The picture on the left is an example of what we found when we pulled a customer's well. The picture on the right is how we tape the wiring.
Sometimes you get what you pay for. Notice on the picture how many wires are coming out of the pressure switch? This is a pump powered by 220 volts which consist of two 110 powered lines. But where is the ground wire? The sub cable from the control box consist of 3 wires, a control box takes 220 power and splits it to create a third power leg which helps the pump start. But there is no ground wire. If a homeowner or an untrained professional were to work with it, it could mean death. Which makes this against state code. So make sure your well system is properly grounded. This person paid more for less and should have used Priceless!
We pulled this pipe out of a well hole. The previous installer had glued all of the drop pipe together. You never want to glue the drop pipe together. This is the pipe that suspends the well pump down in the hole. You cannot replace the couplings and other equipment without cutting it apart. It is also very dangerous because you can lose the pump due to the weight and torque of the motor breaking the glued joints loose. This will increase the cost of your future repairs. You can rest assured we will install your well components correctly.
One of the worst nightmares of a well man is losing a pump and piping in a hole. If you are not able to retrieve it, and enough is left in the hole, the only option is to drill a new water well. Unfortunately, this happened on a job where we discovered the joints were glued together similar to the previous picture and the pump had broken off and fallen down the hole. Luckily, with a little effort, and the grace of God, we were able to latch onto the end of the pipe and successfully recover it. Needless to say, we had a very happy homeowner!
Make sure your service company installs quality components. Here is an example of a bad bleeder valve we discovered when a homeowner called with well trouble.
Equipment eventually wears out and fails. Here is a picture of a worn out pressure switch and a new one to compare the difference. Make sure you inspect your equipment regularly to ensure it is in good working condition. A $35 part could save you thousands in repair bills if it adds life to your pump.
We received a job to plug a well that was 1/2 of a mile deep! Furthermore, it was located in a tight spot in a manufacturing facility. Needless to say, it was an interesting job. We had to bring in a 65 ton crane to pull the well. But, we successfully pulled the existing pipe and pump and plugged the well for the customer. So, regardless of your job, we can probably handle it.
Nothing is quite as satisfying as a job well done!...
With a galvanized pressure tank system, you should never have to worry about your tank getting waterlogged if it is setup properly, unless something breaks. You should not have to inject air into the tank manually, the system should do it for you. The essential components of this system include a bleeder valve that is set at the bottom of the first joint of drop pipe down the hole, a schrader valve at the well head (looks like the stem that you air your tire up with), a check valve at the well head, and an air volume control valve inside your tank. As you will see in the picture, some people have gone to great lengths to compensate for missing components.