It is estimated that over 13 million households rely on their own well for their water supply – and upon inspection of the fact, it’s easy to see why this would be the case. While installing residential water well is a big task, it’s also one that any homeowner should consider. By installing residential water well, you can look forward to enjoying the following benefits:
- Complete Control of Your Household Water Supply: You can design a residential well that suits your specific preferences, choosing from a range of water treatment systems to find the perfect match for your specific requirements. Many well owners find that their in-depth knowledge of their water supply is incredibly reassuring, especially given issues such as the Flint water crisis.
- Cost-Effectiveness: Installing and maintaining your own water well is not cost-free, but most households find that it is more cost-effective than water via conventional, municipal means. As a result, a water well allows you to enjoy fantastic water at a more budget-appropriate price.
- Cost Assistance May Be Available: If you are concerned about the cost of installing your own water well, there may be tax credit options available to help manage this expense. The exact tax credits available vary from state-to-state, but it’s definitely worth checking. If you can use tax credits to offset the installation costs of residential water well, then such a choice becomes, even more cost-effective than previously discussed.
- Better Taste: While taste is subjective, the vast majority of people who have tried well water confirm that its taste is far better than the taste of municipal water.
- Environmental Benefits: The fact that well water does not require additives or harsh chemicals to be safe to drink also provides an environmental benefit. By using well water, the water you contribute to the ecosystem will be entirely natural and pure.
- Increase Your Property Value: Many well owners have found that the presence of a well is attractive to property buyers. As a result, installing a residential well could help to ensure you can get the best possible price for your property when you come to sell in the future.
Thankfully, it is relatively simple to avail of the benefits as listed above by opting to install a new residential water well on your property. With the help from a professional water well drilling company, you can be up and running in next to no time.
Choosing the Location of Your Water Well
The site of your water well will primarily be dictated by hydrogeology – essentially, where the water is available. However, there are a number of other considerations you will also want to keep in mind:
- Convenience: You and your family will need to access the well to retrieve water on a daily basis, so the chosen site needs to be convenient and easily accessed.
- House Design: A residential well should be installed away from interior plumbing and, particularly, plumbing related to the toilet and bathroom.
- Garden Design: Your well should be installed far from any areas of your garden, or outdoor space, that may encounter animal waste.
Your chosen professional will work with you to determine the perfect site for your well, which should help to ensure you can access a clean and safe water supply at all times.
How Deep Should a Residential Water Well Be?
There is no “one size fits all” when considering the depth of residential water wells. Well water is taken from underground pockets of water within the bedrock – known as aquifers – which are located at different depths. The location of these aquifers will govern a well’s depth; some can be installed at 100 feet, while others will need to be 1000 feet or more – it all depends on the specific geology of the area. There’s no way to know, for sure, how deep a well will go without assessing the site specifically.
As a result, it is crucial to work with a professional company when seeking to install a well on your property. Professionals can use their combined knowledge and expertise to establish the depth that will work for you. Professional companies can also use techniques such as hydrofracking – where highly pressurized water is used to access cracks in the rock that carries water – to increase the yield from a well, so you can be sure of a continual, steady supply to your home.
Furthermore, depth also indicates the quality of the water your well will provide. As a general rule, the deeper a well is, the more likely it is that the water will have a high mineral content. Minerals in water can cause issues with mineral buildup in pipes and machines – such as washers – that use the water, as well as creating potential health issues. However, high mineral content can be solved by installing a water softener on your property if required.
Living with a Residential Well
When your well has first been installed, the water will need to be tested to ensure it is safe to drink. Your chosen professionals will be able to assist with this process, and also help to resolve any issues that the testing identifies.
When the water has been tested and the system is working well, you should find life with a residential well is pleasant and simple. You may occasionally need to opt for a pump service or a well pump repair in future, but overall, the ongoing maintenance requirements are minor – so you can just enjoy great water, at a great price, from your very own water source.
While installing residential water well can be a complicated process, it is one that offers a variety of benefits to any home.
In order to guarantee a successful outcome with your project, you can turn to Pickwell Well Drilling to help with the installation and ongoing maintenance of your well. To find out more about our wide range of services, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. We look forward to providing you with a comprehensive, professional well drilling service in the near future.