Finding a water well contactor in your area may be as simple as doing a quick Google search. Selecting the right one, however, takes a bit more effort.
Trust the wrong company and, instead of an optimally performing well, you could end up with stress and problems, not the least of which is unsafe drinking water.
Doing a little research before selecting a contractor to work on your residential or commercial well will ensure that you choose the right contractor for the job.
Check the Potential Water Well Contractor’s Credentials
Start by making sure that any contractor you are considering is authorized to perform work on your water well.
Many states, including Utah, require contractors to obtain a state license to construct, drill or repair wells. Other states, like Wyoming, require local licenses for contractors.
Next, check to see if the contractor is certified by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Certification by the NGWA means that a contractor meets certain high standards of workmanship that ensure integrity and professionalism.
You’ll also want to find out if the contractor is bonded and insured. Ask how long they have been in business. It’s usually wise to choose a company that has been providing service for several years, as this is a good indicator of expertise.
Ask Water Well Contractor for References
Once you find a contractor who meets the credential check, take the next step and ask for testimonials or references from previous customers who can vouch for their work.
Most companies will be happy to provide you with their references. If a contractor seems hesitant or gives you the runaround on this, you may be better off choosing a different company.
It can be helpful to take the time to actually contact the references you are given. If possible, arrange a time to take a look at the work that was completed. Or, simply ask questions regarding the work quality and professionalism of the contractor.
You can also check the company’s rating with the local Better Business Bureau.
Ask the Water Well Contractor for a Written Bid
The NGWA recommends that homeowners research several area contractors before selecting one to work on your residential or commercial well. In addition, it is important to obtain a written estimate from each contractor under consideration. After all, without a detailed cost estimate, it will be difficult to compare offers.
Written bids may contain a variety of information, including the type of well development or repair procedures to be used, details about the well components and a guarantee of materials and workmanship. And, of course, bids will contain information about the costs involved. Look for an itemized list rather than a lump sum. Finally, be sure to ask the contractor about payment terms and other relevant aspects of their agreement.
Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC is a licensed, bonded and insured water well contractor certified by the NGWA. We have been serving customers throughout Utah and South Wyoming for over 30 years, and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Call on The Z Team whenever you need a commercial or residential water well contractor.