Private water wells provide a litany of benefits. However, planning for a private well on your property is a time consuming and potentially stressful. This week, we are here to help you prepare your property and plan for a well. Read on to learn the essential steps that homeowners need to take to plan for a well for their home.
Starting With A Bare Lot
Trying to juggle building a house and developing a well simultaneously is a huge struggle. Homeowners in this situation need to be extremely careful. Call a meeting with the homebuilder, yourself, and your well expert.
Everybody must work together to ensure that the home and the well do not interfere with one another. Without this type of meeting, there is endless potential for disaster. For example, picture this. Your house is all built and everything is set. Then, the well contractor comes in to dig. However, he can’t. Why? The septic tank and waste system are too close to where the well was planned. This leads to both environmental and safety issues. Your contractor must either completely replan the well or not dig the well at all.
Plan For A Well With A Standing Home
This process is a little easier as there are not so many balls to juggle. However, the importance of finding a careful and professional well contract does not diminish. There are quite a few factors that go into digging and constructing a well, which we will explore later. The primary consideration with an already standing house is where on the property the well goes.
A well contractor cannot, under any circumstances, dig a well too close to the septic and waste systems in the home. First and foremost, there are serious health concerns for the family in the home. Any waste that finds it’s way back into their home via the water supply is extremely dangerous.
Secondly, the potential contamination of other homes’ wells is also extremely dangerous. It has the potential to make many people and animals sick. Even if the water in other homes is not used for consumption, the possible exposure of bacteria and viruses from waste topically is equally dangerous.
Finally, there is a huge environmental impact to human waste contaminating aquifers. A well dug too close to a waste system gives that waste a direct pipeline to the aquifer.
Picking A Well Contractor
Perhaps the most important step of putting together a plan for a well is finding the best possible well contractor. Here are some tips for picking out a contractor to help you plan for a well.
- Find someone who values your time as much as their own.
- Get more than one quote ahead of time.
- Remember that oftentimes, you get what you pay for.
- Ask questions. Only work with contractors willing to answer all of your questions.
Come Back Next Week
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