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Here’s How to Avoid Drilling a Dry Well in Texas

Summary: Drilling a dry well in Texas is a waste of time and money. Here are tips on how to avoid such a disaster.

Dry wells, and recently dug wells that do not have water or have unexpectedly stopped producing water, are terribly frustrating. Not only does digging that well take time but, when it dries up, all the money and effort feels like it was for nothing; and truthfully, it feels that way because it was a waste. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to avoid drilling a dry well in Texas. Here are a few such tips that can help you save time and money, and help you get a reliable water source for years to come.

  1. Learn Where the Water is Underground

This may seem like a no-brainer, but drilling for a proper well is much easier when you know the location of the water hidden underground. Finding this information can actually be a lot more complicated. Finding water is more than simply digging into the ground and hoping to hit water. It often takes scanning and surveying equipment to make the proper, educated guesses.

The guess-and-check method of finding water is one of the reasons why traditional well diggers charge by the foot rather than charging on whether or not they find water. They are often equipped with the proper equipment to make a working well structure, but rarely are properly equipped with the technology and experience to ensure those wells actually produce water.

  1. Understand What’s Beneath Your Feet

The right surveying equipment, accompanied by the latest in seismoelectric survey technology, can change the uncertainty of well digging into an almost guarantee. Water surveyors can actually measure the distance down and potential yield of a hidden underground water source with incredible certainty.

Seismoelectric surveying equipment, like the GF3500 used by American Water Surveyors, has an incredible ability to read what is hidden beneath our feet. By sending out vibrations through the ground, it can provide an accurate picture of the earth below, especially as it relates to underground water sources. These results are crucial in the efficient digging of wells, helping you spend less on unnecessary digging.

  1. Hire Qualified Water Surveyors in Texas

One of the last steps in well digging is the hiring of qualified, experienced well diggers who also use the latest technology to improve water locating. Without the right water surveying company, well diggers are often left to guess-and-check, which results in lost time and money on unnecessary digging and refilling. Fortunately, water surveyors help turn guesses into certainties. By hiring them, you can help control costs and have a well that has the depth, flow and longevity you need.

When it comes to drilling dry wells in Texas, the best course of action is to call in a professional water surveying company. Armed with the latest technology and the right expertise, they are able to pinpoint exactly where reliable sources of water hidden underground. That way, you will spend far less time and money drilling for dry wells and have a well that provides a reliable, consistent water supply for years to come.

Don’t take chances on drilling a dry well in Texas. Contact American Water Surveyors before you call the well drillers, and know exactly where the water is hiding.

November 1, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • November 28, 2017 at 4:39 pmJerry

    I a located in Nolan County TX and am interested in finding how much the cost of doing the seismic to find water on my small tract of land (65 ac).

    • November 28, 2017 at 6:24 pmGerald Burden

      Hi Jerry, thank you for your inquiry. Our technology uses a seismic impact on the surface which creates an electrical impulse that we capture and analyze. We call this a “sounding”. When we do a groundwater survey our minimum is four soundings and we charge $1,895. Consider the soundings are conducted in a group and are spaced about 100 feet apart. Each additional group of four soundings (another area of the property) would cost $1,300. Think of a sounding as a test well or potential well site. As an example and relative to the cost of drilling a test well which could cost as much as $1,000-$2,000 each, you could get the equivalent of eight test wells for $3,195, should you choose to do eight soundings. We do not charge for our travel to the site and no tax is charged for a survey. Your final cost would be totally dependent on how many soundings you wanted to do. If you would like to watch a video to see how we collect data, you can click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH88EI1ZOqE

      Surface conditions cannot be very rocky (less than 30% is ideal) and allow for four copper clad ground rods to be inserted into the ground 2-3 feet deep with good, native soil contact. Because our equipment is very sensitive to electrical activity we can be no closer than 50 feet from underground or overhead power sources. Additionally we need clear access for our pickup truck to be able to drive to each sounding location. If you decided to hire our services we will do several hours of research prior to coming to your property. For instance we investigate other wells that have been drilled in the area and try and find out what depth they were drilled to and how many gallons per minute they produced. We plot these wells on a topographical map program so that we can see where they are located in relationship to the property you want surveyed. We also study the geology and any aquifer maps of the area.

      We would like to do test soundings at an existing well (yours or a neighbor’s) to calibrate our equipment to your geographical area. Depth and yield would need to be known and we would need to be able to drive within about 30 feet of the well. The well would need to be within a mile of the area to be surveyed. This gives us an idea of what to expect in terms of the geology of the area and to get a base line reading for our equipment in similar subsoil conditions. It’s not critical, but we like to do it whenever we can. No damage or harm to the well will take place. There is no charge for this.

      After the site survey is complete and the data is analyzed and interpreted, a comprehensive written report will be mailed to you within 15 business days showing what was found at each sounding location so you can make a confident decision on whether or not to drill. If water is located we’ll give you the approximate depth and yield range you could expect if you drilled at one of the sounding locations. If you required a report in less than 15 business days, expedited reports are an additional 20% of the overall charge for the soundings. If you’re not in a hurry to receive the results, this would not be necessary. Full payment would be required before we departed the site.

      I have also published a 91 page book entitled, “What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well”. It’s intended as a guide for people who are about to drill a well to assist them with the experience. It’s available on our website for $10.95 plus $4.00 postage and handling. Additionally, we offer a 15 minute DVD for $20.00 plus $4.00 p&h entitled “How a Water Well is Drilled”, with expert graphics and narration it superbly exhibits how a water well is drilled and constructed. You can click this link to find out more about both:http://www.wefindwater.com/BookInfo.html.

      Should you need water quality testing after drilling a well, we provide that service as well. If you’d like to take a look at the types of testing we offer, you can find them at http://www.aquaknow.com.

      We have conducted over 650 surveys in 22 states and counting and we are proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

      Thanks again for your inquiry Jerry. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

      Best regards,

      http://www.wefindwater.com and http://www.aquaknow.com

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