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Pre-plan Before you Drill a Well

drilling rigThe Timing

The best time to drill a well is when the property is still a vacant lot. That said, not everyone has the luxury of doing so, but if you are thinking of building a new house or cottage, make sure you drill your well before you start construction. That way, if the driller has to relocate the well or experiences any problems while drilling, the hassle of dealing with those issues will be far less than if the driller has to navigate around an already-built structure. If you are purchasing or inheriting a house, however, make sure you do your research before you go ahead and drill, as not doing so can cost you a lot of money and time.

Plan Ahead

Before you decide to drill a well, it is crucial that you consult with a land surveyor, and spend some time assessing your land and its potential for a well. While there are no guarantees that your well will tap into a surplus of fresh groundwater, there are ways to determine where groundwater is most likely to exist.

First, you should obtain detailed records about your property from your local archive, which can be accessed online. These records will provide you with topographic and geologic information, and will also be able to help you determine whether or not a well has previously been dug on your land, and to what degree of success.

Second, you should have a scientific groundwater survey conducted. Is it worth the cost? Absolutely! Not only are groundwater surveys affordable, they actually save you money in the long run. Well drillers are paid by the foot and if they don’t hit water, too bad for you. You still have to pay (and you have a big hole on your property to contend with). Since well drilling is expensive, you want to make sure your drillers know where to drill. You also want to know the yield and depth of your potential well. Sure, you may be able to guess where the water is, but do you want a shallow, inefficient well? That is a waste of money and will cause you problems for years, not to mention what a bad well does to your property value. When you call in the professional groundwater surveyors to find water, you are setting up your well drillers, and your well, for success.

Thus, pre-planning is one of the best things you can do when it comes to well drilling.

Need a Groundwater Survey?

For more information on the best times and conditions to drill a well, or to book a groundwater survey, e-mail American Water Surveyors at info@wefindwater.com. You can also visit our website at www.wefindwater.com or call us at 877-SEISMOI (734-7661). We are more than happy to respond to all of your inquiries and we look forward to hearing from you.

June 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm Comments (0)

Five Things that Happen When you Don’t Survey Before you Drill

Drilling a well isn’t quite as simple as just digging until you hit water. A lot can go wrong, and while these mistakes can make for some entertaining video footage, they are definitely not the most efficient way to get a well up and running.blog pic

Here are five reasons not surveying before you drill that well is a bad idea:

  1. You want to hit water—not create a new golf course.

When drilling a well, you really want to hit water the first time you drill. You don’t want to have to drill two, three, or thirty holes only to find out that you still don’t have a water source. As fun as it could be to turn your yard into a golf course—or a whack-a-mole court—there are a lot more cost-efficient ways to serve both purposes. Surveying before you drill can ensure you find your well the first time—then you can focus on building yourself a golf course you won’t lose your ball in.

2. Don’t let a diviner lead you to your sewage system.

Whether you are divining, dowsing, doodlebugging, or water witching, you are basically doing the same thing—you are looking for water. It’s a decision that can help you avoid digging up your backyard, but what kind of water are you looking for? Hiring a diviner, a water dowser, or a water witch is still a practice that is made use of to this day, and while the practice does hold some merit, there’s not much information to tell you what type of water you are locating when you follow that divining rod and start drilling that well. The last thing you want to do is drill down all that way to find water from an old sewage system. Surveying can help you identify what type of water you are drilling towards so you don’t end up paying for bottled water along with that expensive well.

3. Looking for the next Old Faithful?

Even if you happen to find the right water source at the right depth, it is important to find out what you are drilling through to get to it. One wrong pipe or water main in the way, and you could end up with the next Old Faithful in your backyard, and if you don’t want to become the next tourist hotspot in your area (or the next YouTube video to go viral), then you need to survey before you drill so you can see exactly what you’ll be drilling through.

4. Is it deep enough?

There’s nothing worse than drilling down to an inadequate water supply. No one really likes a three-minute shower—or to run the washing machine at four-minute intervals. Surveying can help ensure that you drill down to the right depth and install the right size of water pump to provide you with an adequate supply of water for whatever your needs.

5. Did you put your well in the wrong place?

As well as helping you to locate an adequate water supply, surveying can help you ensure that you put your well somewhere that makes sense. You don’t want it to be located somewhere you will be tripping over it all the time, nor do you want it anywhere near where you park your car or run your snow blower, but you also want to avoid putting it too close to your garden—or your pig pen. Putting your well head too close to fertilizers or waste is an easy way to contaminate your whole water supply.

If you are planning to drill a well, don’t wait until you make your first mistake. Contact an experienced surveyor, like American Water Surveyors, and drill your well right the first time.

June 20, 2016 at 10:45 am Comments (0)

Why Water Witches are still Practicing Today

Water witches, also called dowsers, rely on a basic set of principles, along with a few gimmicks to “divine” where ground water can be found and dug for; most often for the purpose of drilling a well. These water wizards have been around for hundreds (at least) of years, and despite modern technology, people still use them – why?

Track record

The truth is, some water witches have great track records, but that’s no real surprise if you think about it. Ground water can be found in most places that receive adequate annual rainfall. In these areas, a water witch could probably throw a stone with their eyes closed and it would land on a drillable spot. So in this way, they tend to have good and productive track records, even if those records are completely misleading.

People like reassurance

Many people aren’t comfortable with modern technology and would prefer to rely on the word of someone they know, or to use the services recommended by a friend. This is basically how witches get their business these days. Having a human being on site that you can talk to, question, and watch perform their ‘magic’ is sometimes more reassuring than staring at a lot of equipment that you don’t understand.

It’s a financial trade off

Digging a well is expensive, so you certainly don’t want to drill a dry well. In order save money, many property owners would forgo land surveying in favor of drilling in an area that they feel is ripe with potential. Along these lines comes a water witch, a practice that many see as just as good, or equivalent to water surveying. A water witch is cheaper than a water survey.

The important thing to remember is that water witches aren’t 100 per cent right all the time. In fact, there is a very real chance you will drill a dry well even after consulting one. Why? The methodology of the water witch, and the tools of their trade – often a forked stick or rod – are simply not capable of locating and identifying an adequate water source. A water witch may be able to locate the flow of surface water, but that in no way guarantees that there is a usable aquifer in that location.

If you do not do a survey, or if you rely on a water witch, you are taking a huge risk financially. Isn’t it better to spend a little more to get real, science-based results and peace of mind?

Trust the tech

It may cost you a bit more in the long run, but hiring an experienced water surveying company is simply your best option, because you are paying for real results. Water surveyors locate water on your land, or inform you that there is no usable water on your land – all without having to drill. So, if they find no usable water, you’ll be out the cost of the surveyors but not out the cost of the drillers. You have to pay well drillers by the foot, regardless of if they find water or not. Save money with a technological water survey, not by hoping for hit-or-miss results with a dowser.

Hundreds of years ago, well digging and water finding was a lot like playing the lottery, and while some people developed a bit of a pseudo-science in this area, it’s by no means reliable or necessary today. Save your money and invest in the proper resources to ensure you find and drill a usable well.

We have many years of experience in expertly finding water and accurately estimating the depth and yield of the flow so you can confidently tell the drillers exactly where to drill. To learn more, or to book your technical water survey, contact American Water Surveyors today.

June 2, 2016 at 4:31 am Comments (0)