When installing a new well, the first step is securing a reputable, certified and insured contractor. The requirements can vary from state to state, so make sure you do your research and select a professional who not only meets state standards but also has a slew of good reviews and testimonials. They should be happy to walk you through the process, provide a written estimate and work at a reasonable rate that matches your needs and schedule.
Whether you simply prefer a well or have no choice since city water isn’t an option, know that there are many benefits to a new well including financial, environmental and health. Financially, you’ll enjoy many tax breaks and of course won’t have a monthly water bill since you’re supplying your own resource. A well is a long-term investment that offers an impressive ROI—especially if you use a lot of water. The pump will required electricity.
A health benefit of well water includes a “softer taste,” since it’s naturally filtered and there are no chemicals or chlorine added. A number of people say well water is more refreshing. Finally, the environmental benefits come from having that natural filtration system, compliments of stone and sand, which eliminates the water treatment from industrial plants. This usually means zero chemicals and manpower required.
Prepping Your Land and Finances
There’s no way a layperson could survey their backyard and see if it’s suitable for a well. Obtaining an estimate for an experienced contractor like Mike Zimmerman Well Service will tell you if your land is a good match for a well—but even if it’s not “perfect,” you can make landscape changes to get you there. As long as it’s legal for you to have a well, there’s a way to make it happen.
The cost of a well is fairly high initially, but it truly pays for itself over time. Some contractors may offer financing options through a third party, but you can also consider a home improvement loan. Many of these come with low interest rates, and at the end of the year you may even be able to write off some of the expenses. Consider all payment plan options before making a decision.
Well vs. City Water
In addition to better taste, lower costs and less chemicals, you need to remember that you’re in charge of your well water quality. This means regular testing for safety (which your well services contractor can provide) as well as routine well maintenance.
With city water the government is in charge of water safety, but you have no say in what additives are used, price or maintenance. Wells can be great investments, but only if they’re properly maintained.