At Lost Valley Pump Service, we contract drilling for residential clients. To anyone unfamiliar with the water well drilling process, the project itself can seem daunting. But working with our team, there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of drilling. At Lost Valley Pump Service, we’ll guide you every step of the way, so you’ll always know what to expect.
Drilling water well systems requires decades of experience with the surrounding environment, high construction standards, and specialized equipment, as well as important prep work.
A substantial amount of space is needed when drilling a new well, to accommodate the cutting discharge, tools, and large equipment.
Wells are most commonly drilled with the help of a dual rotary drill. The massive forty-five-foot rig and the forty-foot support truck require plenty of room.
Once all of the prep work has been completed and the site for your well has been carefully selected, it’s time to get drilling.
On the day of drilling, our crew will arrive with all the necessary gear. A support truck carries water, which is needed for the drilling process, as well as the equipment and tools that may be needed for the work.
Drill rods bore into the ground in twenty-foot increments. They begin by drilling through the overburden, which is a combination of rock, clay, dirt, and other materials that sit above bedrock. The overburden can be two feet deep or two hundred, so this part of the process can be very time-consuming.
Drill rods are added at every twenty feet until the drill has reached bedrock. It’s somewhere within the bedrock that groundwater is reached.
During this process, you’ll see cutting discharge and water emerge from the hole. The water seen is actually water that’s poured into the hole to keep the drill cool and the rod lubricated. The cutting discharge is dirt, clay, rock, and other materials that are being removed from the sight.
Because of the massive amount of air pressure that’s used to drill, the air pushes the debris and water out of the hole.
As our crew is drilling your well, they’re also advancing the casing, which is a pipe that extends down several feet through the overburden, into the bedrock. Like the drill rods, the casing is usually installed in twenty-foot increments.
The casing plays an important role in a well’s overall efficacy. It’s put in place to prevent the overburden from seeping into the well and contaminating the water. Once the casing has been installed, it extends a few feet out of the ground.
This guarantees that debris and surface water cannot enter the well from above.
Another important part of the drilling process is applying the surface seal around the casing. In most cases, the first eighteen feet of the casing is over-drilled using a ten-inch borehole. The casing itself is narrower than the well hole. A surface seal is poured into the hole that surrounds the casing. Once water is applied, the sealant will expand, sealing the casing from the overburden that surrounds it.
Once bedrock is reached, we will proceed, paying close attention to the water that comes out of the hole. When the groundwater is reached, the water pressure significantly increases as water rushes out of the well hole.
We may need to continue to drill for several more feet after the water has been reached to ensure the right amount of water to accommodate your property, business, or home. It’s possible to drill too far once groundwater has been reached, which is why it’s important that you work with an experienced licensed pump company.
Once the well has been drilled and has access to groundwater, we’ll finish up with the water pump installation. The pump will work to keep your water tank and home continually supplied with water.
The pump will rest below the surface of the water but will be positioned above the bottom of the well. Due to pressure, groundwater usually rises up the well, to ensure there’s always a good supply of water.
Keep in mind, you must have your pump serviced regularly and have your water tested often to ensure the safety of the water.
At Lost Valley Pump Service, our generations of experience, and high water well standards, are what make us one of the top water well pump companies in Missouri. Our familiarity with the region means that we know how to efficiently and safely drill a long-lasting well that will provide the water you need for your home, property, or business. Keep in mind, we also offer water system maintenance and a variety of water treatment services that are designed to keep your well in optimal condition so you and your family can enjoy the fresh clean water quality you deserve.
Contact our office today for a quote and learn more about our water well drilling services.