What Is a Water Well?

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Water wells are a great natural source of water especially in Massachusetts and NH. Water Wells are also commonly known as rock wells or drilled wells, Artesian Wells, Dug Wells, Pounded wells and point wells. Northeast Water Wells drills 6”,7″ & 8” air/ mud rotary drilled wells. There are two main sources of water available today; wells and the public water supply. When you own a well you are in control of what’s in your water, how much water you use and when you use it. The contractors who install wells are often referred to by many names including well drillers, water well installers, water well contractors, water well diggers and water well professionals. All these terms are associated with well drillers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Northeast Water wells Inc is an elite team of water well professionals who have your best interest in mind.

What Exactly Is a Drilled Well?

A Drilled water well in Massachusetts and New Hampshire consists of a hole bored into the ground by a drill rig. The top section of the well is lined with a steel pipe referred to as casing by well contractors. Northeast Water Wells install’s 6”, 7″ or 8” casing. The casing prevents the collapse of the walls of the well and prevents surface or subsurface contaminants from entering the water supply. Casing is seated 10 feet into solid competent bedrock. The casing must also have a drive shoe attached to the bottom to prevent damage during driving and to make a good seal with the formation. In some applications, a grout seal of cement or bentonite may also be recommended or required to prevent contamination. Below the casing, the lower portion of the well is the intake through which water enters. During the drilling process it is necessary to use compressed air to determine the yield before completion.

How Much Water Will I Need For a Residential Well?

Depending on what the demand in the household is would depend on how much water is needed. For example, is there Irrigation, hot tubs, multiple bathrooms, and other utilities that demand water? All these items make a difference from home to home. The best thing to do is discuss your water requirements with our water well professionals.

What Determines How Deep My Well Could Be?

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Well Drilling is very unpredictable; there is no exact science of locating the water before you start drilling. However if you consult with your immediate neighbors with wells it might give you a general idea of the average depth in your area. Also State or Local Regulating agency may have records on file of wells in your neighborhood. In Massachusetts, The Department of Environmental Protection or your local Board of Health can be extremely helpful. In New Hampshire, The Department of Environmental Services and NH Water Well Board can be an excellent resource.

What Is The Best Location For My Well?

Once State and Local setbacks are met any remaining area will be decided by you on what the best location is. The accessibility to drill can be a factor for the remaining area. Some examples of State and Local setbacks could be; that wells have to be certain distances away from septic systems, property lines, utilities, etc… see our Regulations page for more information

How Much Of a Mess Will The Drilling Rig Make Of My Yard?

If it is a new construction and the landscaping has not been completed then cleanup is simple. When drilling in established areas some minor landscaping may be needed. Not to worry though you will have a great new water source.

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