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What You Need to Know Before you Drill a Well in Kansas

Summary: Planning a new well for your Kansas home? Here’s what you need to know before you start drilling.

Looking to invest in a new well? It may seem like a costly procedure, but there are some important steps you need to take before you start drilling—otherwise your endeavor could become a lot more costly or even dangerous.

Know what you’re getting yourself into

The first step is information acquisition. You don’t want to just start drilling willy-nilly (or should I say, drilly-nilly). There are a few obvious reasons for why this is the case. One, you need to know that there is a good enough supply of water to sustain the demands of your well in the location in which you drill. The last thing you want is to have to drill multiple wells before you find the water supply you need—no one wants their yard to look like whack-a-mole gone wild. Also, no one wants to go through all the effort and expense of drilling and installing a well only to have it supply too little water for your home or business’ needs during peak drought season.

The second reason is that you don’t want to drill into something that isn’t water. For instance, you don’t want to make Old Faithful out of an old sewage line, and you definitely don’t want to nick old gas lines or underground electrical wires either. In other words, you don’t want to drill into anything that could cause harm to you or the team that is drilling.

You also need to know what you are drilling into so you can determine the quality of the water source. That means knowing enough about the area you are drilling into to avoid forming a well around contaminated water.

How does water get contaminated?

There are a number of different ways for wells to become contaminated. First, there is the proximity to roads and driveways where oil and gasoline spills have built up over time. You also need to watch your proximity to greenhouses, gardens, farmers’ fields, etc., where fertilizer runoff could have leached into the soil to contaminate the water below. That requires attentiveness to current proximities as well as historical: you don’t want to find an old buried oil drum or an abandoned oil well while you are drilling. However, it also means paying attention to geology. There are some minerals that are found naturally in certain areas that can leave you with a problematic water source. Some minerals can have health impacts, but some simply taste bad, or pose a nuisance by deteriorating plumbing and appliances.

How can you avoid these commonly-made drilling mistakes?

Call a water finding company before you drill your well in Kansas. A proper water surveying company, like American Water Surveyors, will not only survey to ensure that you are about to drill into the best water supply on your property, but it will also consider historical and geological information to ensure that your well supplies you with water that won’t negatively affect the health of you, your wallet, and your plumbing. Contact us today to learn more.

April 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm Comments (0)

Top Mistakes When Drilling a Well in Texas

Summary: There are many common mistakes people make when drilling for a well in Texas. Here’s a few, and how to avoid them.

Drilling for well water is now an ancient tradition, one that people have been doing in some form or another for centuries. But today, well drilling is taking full advantage of recent technology to make the job easier, faster and cheaper. Despite this technology, people are still committing common mistakes that end up costing them time and money. Here are some of those mistakes, how you can avoid them, and how you can get a well faster and for much less money.

  1. Digging First

Ground water, it should be known, does not exist evenly underneath the earth’s surface. In fact, it exists in very specific places, which makes it very difficult to find. Most people’s first mistake is trying to find that water using exploratory drilling rather than relying on the latest technology used by water surveyors. Exploratory drilling is less precise and can lead to unsightly holes all over your property. It can also be much slower and, as a result, end up costing more money.

  1. Doing it Yourself

Do-it-yourself well drilling is something many people attempt to do and then quickly realize that they are out of their depth. It is the drilling equivalent to the fact that plumbers are busiest on Mondays: someone thinks they know what they’re doing, spends a couple of days making it worse, and eventually their partner calls a professional when they head to work.

Drilling for wells is complicated business but finding the right well spot is as well, which is why you need experts at every step along the journey. Many common well drilling mistakes are around the well itself after it is dug: people interfering with it or putting things too close to it that can disrupt the water supply. Without a reliable source of clean water, many of these mistakes will only be made worse, which is why everyone needs to start with a company that specializes in locating groundwater.

  1. Hiring Drillers and Not Surveyors

Well drilling seems, on the surface, to be a single company’s job, and those people are the well drillers. They, after all, are the ones who dig the well, set it up, and ensure that it’s in working order. But finding the right spot to drill for water is the job of separate professionals: the water surveyors.

American Water Surveyors uses the latest in seismoelectric surveying equipment to locate the best water sources hidden beneath the earth’s surface. By using this technology, water surveyors can point drillers to the right spots, leading to less exploratory drilling more better wells. American Water Surveyors has completed over 640 groundwater surveys in 22 states across the country using this technology, and have connected residents and businesses to consistent, high-quality water sources in all kinds of landscapes and terrain. If you are looking for a reliable well or live outside of your municipal water supply service area, be sure to contact American Water Surveyors. We will help find reliable water sources and cut the costs of drilling a well.

April 21, 2018 at 9:52 am Comments (0)