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Water Well Deepening Vs Replacement Choice, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on deepening an existing water well on your property if you’re dealing with depth issues. This is one primary option at your disposal here; the other is choosing to drill a new well entirely, which is often the prudent choice as well.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to offer both these options and numerous other water well drilling, rehabilitation and repair solutions to meet your needs. While there are many situations where deepening your current well will solve your problems in the most cost-effective way, there are others where a new well drilling process will be the much more efficient solution. Today’s part two will dig into a few such scenarios.

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Guaranteed Freshwater Access

One of the top reasons some well owners choose a new well installation over deepening their current well: The latter process offers no true guarantee that you’ll drill down to more fresh water than what’s currently available. While fresh water can often be reached by drilling down further, and the likelihood of it being present grows as you get deeper, you can never truly be sure.

With a brand new water well, however, you have much more control here. There are many additional techniques that can be used to determine fresh water presence before this drilling that are much tougher for an existing well area. Especially for those dealing with depth issues that relate to non-fresh water, going with a new well might be the right move.

Cost Concerns

While we talked in part one about many situations where deepening a well is a low-cost and low-hassle move that’s far more affordable than drilling a new well, there are other circumstances where the opposite is true. Some well deepening projects will be much more complex, requiring a large well rig and tower plus digging around the entire well and pump area.

In addition, if certain initial construction formats were used, deepening a well will be extremely difficult or even impossible in some situations. However, certain components of an existing well can often be used while drilling a new well, which makes this process doubly valuable in these cases.

Allows Improved Drilling Point

Another major benefit of drilling a new well is the ability to choose a more optimal drilling point. The point chosen by a previous installer may not have been ideal based on factors like groundwater quality and depth, but a new installation allows you to consult with our well drillers to locate the best possible drilling spot before beginning the project.

For more on drilling a new water well for depth issues versus deepening it, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Water Well Deepening Vs Replacement Choice, Part 1

There are several possible issues that may develop with an existing well over time, and one of the more common varieties here is depth concerns. Whether due to changing groundwater supplies, poor well digging and installation or any other factor, there may come a point in your water well ownership where making the well deeper is necessary.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we offer not only water well drilling and repair services, but also well rehabilitation in numerous areas. When clients are worried about depth issues in their well, they generally have two options: The process of deepening the existing well, or simply installing a new well from the ground up. Both these approaches have benefits and drawbacks depending on the exact issue and other variables – this part one of this two-part blog series will look at some of the benefits of the deepening process, while part two will go over when it’s typically prudent to replace the well entirely.

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Improved Water Supply

In many situations, depth issues in a well are brought on by shallow initial digging, or a well that’s under 50 feet in depth. At this depth level, water supply tends to vary pretty significantly – and on top of this, there isn’t as much space for water to be stored.

Well deepening, however, is a quick way to remedy this concern without impacting the entire well setup. Not only are you drilling down to a level where water levels tend to be more consistently plentiful, you’re also creating more storage space within the well for water.

Drought Resistance

In other cases, a drought will be the primary cause of your depth issues. This is common in a desert climate like Utah, where droughts are familiar.

Once again, deepening a well is a great solution here – and not just in the short-term. A deeper well is far more likely to survive through droughts in the future, as they’re further below the water table and are much less prone to going dry.

Increased Water Quality

Another risk of shallow wells: Contamination, which is more likely the closer you get to the surface. A deeper well, naturally, will be further from the surface, meaning it’s much less likely to be impacted by spills, chemical residue or other contaminants. Even if such particles make their way into the well, they will be diluted with clean aquifer water before reaching your actual drinking supply.

Cost Benefits

Finally, there are numerous situations where performing a basic well deepening process is much more affordable than installing an all new well. Many deepening jobs only require cleaning and minor re-drilling, plus limited tasks like extending casing or removing existing pipes and wires.

For more on choosing between deepening your well and drilling a new well entirely, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.