No job it too big! We received a job to plug a well that was 1/2 of a mile deep! Furthermore, it was located in a tight spot in a manufacturing facility. Needless to say, it was an interesting job. We had to bring in a 65 ton crane to pull the well. But, we successfully pulled the existing pipe and pump and plugged the well for the customer. So, regardless of your job, we can probably handle it. Here are a couple of pictures from the site.
It never ceases to amaze us how many different ways people try to plumb a well. Below if a picture of how someone plumbed the well head. This is not the idea configuration. It was plumbed with two tees and a PVC check valve. These types of check valves break easily and are not recommended. When you check valve breaks, it allows water to be pushed back down the hole. This can disturb the water in the well increasing the sand and/or draining your pressure tank over and over again. We have replaced too many PVC check valves to count.
We work in all types of weather. We have been known to work until 2 a.m. in 15 degree weather to help get people water. Here is a picture after we finished a job in a snow storm. Glad the truck had a heater!
Equipment eventually wears out and fails. Here is a picture of a worn out pressure switch and a new one to compare the difference. Make sure you inspect your equipment regularly to ensure it is in good working condition. A $35 part could save you thousands in repair bills if it adds life to your pump.
With a galvanized pressure tank system, you should never have to worry about your tank getting waterlogged if it is setup properly, unless something breaks. You should not have to inject air into the tank manually. They system should do it for you. The essential components of this system include a bleeder valve that is set at the bottom of the first joint of drop pipe down the hole, a schrader valve at the well head (looks like the stem that you air your tire up with), a check valve at the well head, and an air volume control valve inside your tank. As you will see in the picture below, some people have gone to great lengths to compensate for missing components.
I will be adding examples of my work and the difference between good work, and bad work. I have some pretty good pictures of other people's work that I have replaced.
Here are some videos of us in action. Please watch and enjoy.
We pulled this pipe out of a hole. The previous installer had glued all of the drop pipe together. You never want to glue the drop pipe together. This is the pipe that suspends the well pump down in the hole. You cannot replace the couplings and other equipment without cutting it apart. It is also very dangerous because you can lose the pump due to the weight and torque of the motor breaking the glued joints loose. This will increase the cost of your future repairs. You can rest assured we will install your well components correctly.
Below is a picture of how we replumbed this well head. The system is now working correctly.
Here is a picture of us in action drilling a water well
There are many options in pumps and equipment for getting water from your well to your home or lawn. The option you go with largely is determined by several factors: what your intended purpose is for the water, how deep the water is, and how much you want to spend. One of the options that is becoming more popular is the constant pressure systems. These systems allow you to maintain a constant pressure instead of the traditional 20 psi pressure drop. They convert the electricity to 3 phase, thus saving you money on energy consumption, they operate on a variable drive which ramps us the motor and ramps it down on start and stop instead of the traditional instant on and instant off pressure switch, and they can take up much less room as they need a smaller pressure tank. Below you can see what a difference in space consumption the constant pressure system can be. The left is before and the right is after.
...Well, maybe a nap is.
Sometimes you get what you pay for. Notice on the picture below how many wires are coming out of the pressure switch. This is a pump powered by 220 volts which consist of two 110 Powered lines. Where is the ground wire? Your guess is as good as mine.
Also, the sub cable from the control box consist of 3 wires (good right), no not good. A control box takes 220 power, splits it to create a third power leg that helps the pump start. So once again no ground wire. If a homeowner or an untrained professional were to work with it, it could mean death. That is why it's against state code. Make sure your well system is properly grounded. And back to "you get what you pay for", this person paid more for less and should have used Priceless.
This is an example of the water filtration equipment we offer. If you are having a problem with iron or a rotten egg/sulfur smell, you are in luck. We have the equipment to fix it. We recommend Iron Breakers for removing iron and hydrogen sulfide gas. It will also filter sediment out of the water. Unlike many approaches that include treating your water with chemicals, this is a safe, environmentally and healthy alternative without adding chemicals. We also offer water softeners, which is also in the picture below. We also offer a wide range of reverse osmosis and UV bacteria sterilization equipment. No two jobs are the same, so we will custom design a system to meet your specific needs.
One of the things people do not think about with their well installation is taping. To adequately secure the wiring that powers the pump, you must tape it in the appropriate manner. If you do not, then you run the risk of the wire pulling loose or getting caught on something and tape coming off, falling down the hole and getting lodged in the pump intake. This is generally caused when an installer uses electrical tape instead of 2" well tape to secure the wire to the drop pipe. This mistake could cost you thousands of dollars and loss of water. The picture on the left is an example of what we found when we pulled a customer's well. The picture on the right is how we tape the wiring.
One of the worst nightmares of a well man is losing a pump and piping in a hole. If you are not able to retrieve it, and enough is left in the hole, the only option is to drill a new water well. Unfortunately, this happened on a job where we discovered the joints were glued together similar to the previous picture and the pump had broken off and fallen down the hole. Luckily with a little effort, and the grace of God, we were able to latch onto the end of the pipe and successfully recover it. Needless to say, we had a very happy homeowner.
Nothing is quite as satisfying as a job well done!...
You want to make sure your service company installs quality components. Here is an example of a bad bleeder valve we discovered when a homeowner called with well trouble.