by Teresa Durtschi | Jul 24, 2015 |
Introduction: About 75% of the homes we build use a well to supply their water. For this guest post, we’ve asked our well drilling contractor for information about how wells work, what their associated costs are, and how the process of drilling for water and maintaining a well might affect a homeowner we’re building for. We hope you find this information helpful! – Ron Stauffer
Question: When a homeowner is buying land to build a home on, what should they do if they need a well?
Answer: If you’re considering a lot to build on, you should call a well driller before you buy the land, and give them the address and legal description. If you do this, the driller can look up the lot on a map and see which aquifers you have access to. I do this for people all the time: I can pull up aerial photographs that will show me every well within a certain number of miles around, and I’ll look at the ones closest to where your lot is. Based on your aquifer, and what your neighbors have, I’ll know whether you’ll be able to have only “inside water” (just water to supply the inside of your home), or enough to have outside water that you can use for irrigation, etc. We can also make an educated guess on how deep we’ll have to drill and what the ground conditions will be like. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s usually very close; you’ll often have conditions similar to what your neighbors have.