Rural Property Buyer's Guide To The Water Well Drilling Process

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If you just fulfilled your life dream of buying rural property to build a retreat cabin for your family, then you need to have a water well drilled. Thanks to advances in well drilling technologies, today's well drilling rigs make quick work of the process. By understanding how your well will be drilled, you can communicate intelligently with your drilling contractor about the process and ensure that the project goes smoothly.

Well Drilling Step 1: Identifying a Proper Location

Your well drilling contractor will first need to locate the best place on your land to drill your new water well. The drilling location will depend on many different factors, including:

  • the location of your new cabin
  • the location of the boundaries of your property
  • the results of testing to determine where the water table can be reached
  • the location of your cabin's septic tank

In areas with spotty water flows in the aquifer, contractors sometimes use the locations of other wells in the area, both those that were successfully drilled and those attempts that failed to actually reach water.

Well Drilling Step 2: Clearing the Well Drilling Pad

To be able to drill your retreat's well, the drilling rig will need to sit on level ground that has been cleared of all trees, brush, and weeds. You will be responsible for clearing the area prior to the date that your drilling contractor comes to drill the well.

Well Drilling Step 3: Drill Hole Created Using a Diamond Tipped Auger

Attached to your drilling contractor's rig is a large hydraulic drill. Onto this hydraulic drill, the well driller attaches diamond tipped auger bits that are capable of cutting through both soil and hard bedrock. As the well is drilled, additional pipe sections are added to the drill to lower the diamond auger bit farther into the new well shaft.

Well Drilling Step 4: Well Casing Pipe Installed

Once the shaft of your retreat's new water well has been drilled, the well drilling contractor will install a casing pipe to keep the hole open. The casing pipe is necessary in a well to prevent dirt and rocks from falling into the well and clogging it up.

Well Drilling Step 5: Submersible Pump and Electrical Supply Installed

Finally, once the well is drilled and cased, then a submersible pump will be electrified and placed down the new water well. The submersible pump is used to bring water from the well and deliver it to your family's new retreat cabin.

For more information, contact local professionals like Brown's Plumbing, Pumps & Spas.

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