Monthly Archives: August 2018

Water Well Yield Testing: What You Need to Know

Water well yield testing is a great way to help ease your worries about your groundwater supply.

The yield of a private well indicates how drought conditions will affect its output. In other words, yield data tells you whether your household will continue to have an adequate supply of water during peak usage and other demanding times.

For all the need-to-know details on water well yield testing – and advice on improving a low-yield well if you have one – the Z Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service has put together a guideline with everything you need to know.

Water Well Yield Testing What You Need to Know

How is the Yield of a Water Well Determined?

Testing the yield of a private well involves determining the balance between the maximum amount of water it can pump out and the amount of groundwater available to recharge the supply.

To perform a yield test, a well contractor must run the pump continuously for an extended period of time. During that time, measurements need to be taken of both the pumping rate and the drawdown, or how the water level lowers during pumping.

When Should You Have Yield Testing Done?

To ensure dependable, continuous production during periods of sustained drought, yield testing is completed when a private well is drilled – you should be able to find the results in the professional driller report compiled at the time of your groundwater system installation.

Another time to consider a yield test is when you’re experiencing issues with water pressure. Testing can determine if the issue is caused by an insufficient groundwater supply or a problem in the plumbing connected to your private well.

Finally, scheduling water well yield testing is a smart move for anyone thinking about buying a home with a private groundwater system. After all, if a property has a low-yield well, restoring the household water supply could be rather costly.

Can You Improve Your Well Yield?

If your water well output doesn’t always meet your household needs, you may be able to remedy the problem.

Try balancing out the timing of your water use, spreading out showers, laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the course of the day. Installing water-saving plumbing fixtures and appliances can also help.

For low-yield water wells, adding a pressure tank or intermediate storage reservoir can be a viable solution. Or, in some cases, making the borehole wider or deeper works to provide a consistent groundwater supply.

Are you concerned about the production of your private well? For expert testing and advice anywhere in Utah or Wyoming, contact the professional Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.

As a trusted Intermountain West industry leader for more than 30 years, Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC has the expertise to perform yield tests and provide effective, affordable solutions for inadequate output. For more information, or to schedule water well yield testing, contact our Salt Lake City office today.

Buying a Home with a Shared Water Well? Take These 4 Steps First

In rural areas of Utah and Wyoming, shared water wells are common. Sharing a private groundwater system among two or more homeowners is a cost-effective approach, as it means sharing the costs of maintenance and repair.

However, buying a home with a shared water well can present some challenges. Before you commit to a purchase, make sure you have all the bases covered by taking these four steps.

Buying a Home with a Shared Water Well Take These 4 Steps First

No. 1: Inspect the Water Well

During your due diligence period, contact a local well services company and schedule a thorough inspection.

An expert well contractor can research the construction details for the shared groundwater system to determine if it is located in a safe location, far from any potential sources of pollution. A professional can also review the maintenance records and perform quality testing to ensure that the home has a safe supply of drinking water.

No. 2: Check Well Capacity

If you need to qualify for federal mortgage insurance when you buy a house, you’ll need to make sure that the groundwater well system that supplies the home meets minimum flow standards.

To determine the capacity, ask a local well services contractor to conduct a pump/flow test. At a minimum, a shared groundwater well needs to be capable of delivering three gallons per minute to each home. A lower yield is only acceptable if the system includes pressurized storage of at least 720 gallons per household.

No. 3: Review the Deeds

If the shared water well passes the professional inspection and has adequate capacity, the next step before buying a home is to review the property deeds of everyone involved. For this, you may want to consult with a lawyer.

The property deeds must contain easements permitting all the homeowners access to the groundwater system. In addition, the documents must specifically allow each of the parties to use and maintain the well.

No. 4: Get a Shared Well Agreement

Homeowners that share a groundwater well system usually have a shared well agreement. If no legal agreement is in place, get one.

A shared well agreement should specify cost sharing for powering, maintaining and repairing the groundwater system. In addition, the document should limit water use to domestic purposes. If one homeowner waters the lawn or fills a swimming pool, everyone’s household supply could be affected.

For other tips on what your agreement should contain, speak to a qualified legal professional.

If you’re thinking about buying a home with a shared water well, the licensed Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC can conduct a thorough inspection and perform the necessary testing to ensure water quality and sufficient well yield.

With over 30 years of experience of drilling, maintaining and repairing groundwater wells throughout Utah and Wyoming, Mike Zimmerman Well Service has the skill and knowledge to help you make a smart decision on whether or not to invest in an Intermountain West home with a shared groundwater system.

Would you like expert advice from the Z-team contractors? Contact our Salt Lake City office and schedule a free consultation with one of our water well experts today.