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Water Well Rehabilitation 101

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Water Well Rehabilitation

Got water? If not, you may need water well rehabilitation, or maybe even a brand-new well.

If your well qualifies for rehabilitation, it can be a great way to save money and get that good, clean water flowing again.

Lots can go wrong with a well. For example, if the water table has dropped in your region, you might need the well dug deeper.

Use a Pro

Only a well contractor can conduct proper testing to see if rehabilitation is the best choice for you.

When diagnosing the problem, your well technician will look at your well’s ground formation. How the well is constructed may be related to the cause of the current problem. In some situations, it might be easier and more affordable to just drill a new well.

Technicians also likely will check the well’s static water levels, which usually involves not using your well for up to 48 hours. If water levels are normal after this time, rehabilitation is likely a good choice.

Getting a Sneak Peek

After the static water level test, your technician might put a camera into the well to see if it has any additional, hidden issues. Figuring out why the water production has dropped or stopped is critical, and it might involve more than one factor.

Due to droughts around the country, it’s common nowadays for water tables to drop, making some wells too shallow. However, plugged holes in the well casing or other problems might be to blame instead.

Some of the most common causes of clogging also are naturally occuring. Your well water contains iron, bacteria, clay, calcium carbonate, silt and more.

To rehabilitate a well, your technician may use chemicals to get rid of clogs and/or clean the well with a special brush connected to a drilling rig. Technicians might use high-pressure washing, well surging or hydrofracturing for particularly tough jobs.

Under Pressure

Hydrofracturing sends water through the well at a very high speed. This naturally removes clogs and can even open up brand-new water sources.

Well surging uses a repetitive inject-flushing system to get rid of debris.

High-pressure jetting is a multi-head power jet lowered into the well that washes away debris with intense pressure (much like power washing the undercarriage of a car).

Your technician will choose the cleaning option that’s best matched with your well and needs. However, if chemicals are used, know that they’re safe and that plenty of clean water is run through your well before it’s put back into service.

Find out if rehabilitation will work for your well. Call Mike Zimmerman Well Services today for a free quote and to schedule your well rehabilitation consultation.