Working With A Contractor To Drill A Well On Your Property

by Grace Motley

There are many reasons to drill a water well on your property, and providing water for your home is just one of them. In many cases, water wells that provide water for irrigation, animals, or production of some sort are needed, and often, the same drilling contractors drill all of these wells. 

Location of the Well

When working with drilling contractors to drill a new water well, it is crucial to know where on the property the well will produce best. Since you can not see the water through the ground, there are some features to look for on the property that can indicate water sources.

There is no magic spot to drill in when you are looking for water, but the land may give you some hints. Areas that have a lot of basalt or gravel often hold good water, and looking for areas that slop into a valley can be another good clue of an underground river or water source. 

It is also a good idea to check with the local government and find out if they have any records for wells, existing or previous, on record. Most towns keep that information available, and the data can help give you an idea of where the aquifer is in your area. It can also help determine how deep the drilling contractor should expect to have to drill to reach that water. 

Drilling the Well

There are several techniques for drilling a water well, and the drilling contractor will use the one that they are most comfortable with. The most common rig drills into the earth with a large drilling head and a series of rods that are put in place as the drill bit is advanced. The drilling contractors will monitor the material coming out of the well as they drill. Once they start to see rock coming out of the well, they will start looking for water.

Water is most commonly found in rock or flowing from the fractures in the rock underground. Once the drilling contractors find water, they will measure the gallons per minute available in the well to determine if they can stop or if they should drill further. 

Since the average home only needs about six to eight gallons of water a minute, a well that produces ten or more is considered a good well, and the drilling contractor will more than likely not go any deeper. The deeper the well is, the harder it is to push the water to the service, so if you can get water at a shallower depth, it is often the best way to go.

Contact a company like Bohs Well Drilling Inc to learn more.