The Basics Of Well Drilling Location Selection

Posted on: 27 August 2020

If you've decided that you want to convert from your city's water supply to your own well, you may be considering reaching out to a well drilling contractor to install your new well water system. Before the drilling can start, the installation contractor must first evaluate your property to find the right location. Here are some of the things that must be taken into consideration when choosing the location for your new well.

Soil Condition

One of the first things that your well driller will do is test the soil on your property. These tests aren't about the minerals or nutrients in the soil, but instead about the structural stability. You'll need to have your well drilled where the soil is stable enough to support it. You don't want to have your well's structural integrity threatened by loose, sandy, or collapsing soil. The soil will be tested to find locations on your property where the soil is strong enough to support a well.

Environmental Threats

Another thing that will be assessed is the presence of any environmental threats that could pose problems for your well. For example, the well needs to be drilled somewhere far enough away from trees and greenery on your property to protect the well from any root penetration or damage.

Additionally, it needs to be drilled in a location where your plumbing lines aren't going to be run somewhere that can be vulnerable to tree root damage. Your well drilling contractor will map out the plumbing path from your well to your home, ensuring that the pipes run with a gentle slope and in an area that's protected from damage due to tree roots and other hazards.

Property Structure

When you're choosing the location for your water well, the other thing that needs to be considered is the actual structure of your property. Your well needs to be drilled somewhere level because any uneven ground can put unnecessary pressure on the well encasement, which could cause well failure. Your well drilling contractor will evaluate the condition of your property to find the most level area for the well installation.

These are some of the most important considerations when you are installing a new well on your property. Talk with your water well drilling contractor about any other factors that they consider and what they look for when choosing a well location. That way, you will know exactly what to expect from the process when you hire your contractor.