J & C Well Drilling, Pump & Plumbing
317 - 416 - 1104
24 Hours 7 Days
|Facts, Questions and Answers
Over the years, we have talked with our customers with questions concerning water well safety, well service or maintenance
and new well construction.
Here's a list of Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can wells go dry?
A: Sometimes a well goes dry; however it is usually not the case. Typically the screen just closes up due to iron and/or other
Q: The deeper you go the better the Water?
A: Not always the case.
Q: How do you know where to drill?
A: J & C always recommends starting in the place that makes the most mechanical sense.
Q: How long does a well last?
A: Most often we are finding them to last 30-50 years.
Q: How long does a pump last?
A: We have pulled them out forty years old; however the books state the average is 12-15 years.
Q: Where does my pressure tank go?
A: Basement, crawl, or garage.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Cash, check, and charge.
Q: How deep is the average well?
A: This depends on the specific area. We do find 120ft. to be around the average..
Q: How much does a dry hole cost?
A: Dry holes are $10 a foot for a 5' well.
Q: Is the water from my well safe to drink?
A: The majority of private water wells produce water that is safe to drink. Even though well water is typically safe to drink J & C
strongly recommends that you have your water tested annually by the local health department or an independent testing
Q: How often should I replace my pressure tank?
A: The average life for a pressure tank is 10-15 years. If you are experiencing inconsistent water pressure or it seems like the
well pump is running more often than usual, you probably need to have your pressure tank replaced.
Q: How much water does my well need to make to give me an adequate supply?
A: 8 or more gallons of water per minute seems to sustain a house or small business with enough water for daily usage. If
your well produces less than this amount you may experience intervals of no water. Some possible solutions would include
drilling an additional well or adding water storage tanks to the system.
Q: Where should a new well be located?
A: The most important consideration when preparing to drill a new water well are the state and local distance requirements
that need to be met. A new water well must maintain certain distances from buildings, Septic systems, and possible sources of
contamination. Once these distance requirements are satisfied, J & C Well Drilling will work with our customers to determine
an exact location for the new water well.
Q: My water from my well has a funny taste or smell.
A: Any change in color, smell, or taste of your water is cause to have the water tested, and the well inspected.
Q: I have no water in my house, what should I do?
A: First check the power source (fuse box or breaker) If the power seems to be working and you still have no water, turn the
power to your pump off and call J & C to immediately fix the problem.
Q: How much will a new well cost?
A:The cost of drilling a new water well is derived from the amount of casing to bedrock and the amount of drilling needed to
find water, plus the cost of the drive shoe and the well cap. In unstable formations we use our underreamer system, which
drives the casing and drills at the same time. This requires the use of a more expensive drive shoe. Our per-foot well drilling
prices sometimes change due to the fluctuating cost of casing and other materials. Although it is impossible to know exactly
how much a water well will cost, our average well in 2010 was about $3,500.00 - $3,800.00.
Q:. How do you know where to drill?
A: The first consideration in determining the location of the well is to maintain enough distance from the septic system to
prevent contamination. Although there is no set-back requirement from adjacent property lines, it is very important to know
their exact location when drilling close by. The well can not be within a right of way of any roads adjoining the property.
Q:. What determines the depth of a well?
A: The size and location of water-bearing fractures encountered during drilling determines the depth of the well. The amount
of casing needed depends on the depth to bedrock in a given area.
Q: How do you know when you have enough water?
A:During drilling, compressed air continuously cleans the hole and lifts out any water entering the well through fractures in
the bedrock. This allows us to measure the water flow rate of the well. When deciding whether or not a given flow rate will
adequately supply a house, we first consider the depth of the well. A typical well holds about 1.5 gallons of water per foot and
will fill up to within 25 feet of ground level. At a depth of 300 feet the flow rate can be significantly lower than the depth of 100
feet because of the greater storage capacity of the well. In fact, the water stored in a 300 foot well will supply the average
house for a day.
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4402 .E. New York St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46201