Hiring a Well Driller? Here's What You Should Know

Get answers to questions about water well drilling

Get answers to questions about water well drilling

Hiring a water well driller is an important task when building a new home. Making sure you get the right well driller for your home means asking the right questions and getting serious answers. A clean, safe water supply that tastes good can dramatically affect your quality of life and knowing that you can count on a correct installation with a well pump, casing, pressure tank and supply lines that are properly sized and designed to last is one less thing you will have to worry about. For these reasons, drilling a water well is one area where you want assurance of hiring an expert who has experience. A water well is one area when home building where you should think twice before going with the cheapest bid. Before you begin gathering quotes and recommendations, this is what you should be looking for.

Know Your Well Drillers Background

Any business who does well work needs to have a strong reputation for service and quality. Find out how long they have been in business, what kinds of professional certificates or licenses they have, and get some references. You can even go online to see their BBB page or visit other review sites to see what kind of service other people have gotten and whether or not they can be trusted.

Hire a Well Driller That Understands The Legalities

Well drilling requires the approval of both state and local agencies before the process begins. Also, well drilling companies are required to carry certain insurance to protect you and themselves in the case of injury or accident. Ask about your local laws to determine whether or not they have the knowledge necessary to get the job done right. They should be able to identify any permits that will be needed, setbacks, inspections, and guidelines. They should also be able to provide proof of their general liability insurance and workers compensation plan. Find out if they are bonded and what your state requirements for bonding are.

What To Do Before Your Start Drilling

Next, it is time to discuss your specific well location and your daily water usage. Walk the site, ask them about your options and their recommendations. You should get several quotes for your well before you commit to any one company, so make sure you get this information in writing for future reference. Also, ask about ongoing maintenance plans and warranties on pumps. If possible, ask to see a copy of their contract so you can ask questions about any of their policies well before you sit down to sign any paperwork. Throughout this process, your well driller should demonstrate a knowledge of the land you are on, the type of pump that will be needed and has the tools necessary to determine the depth of the well.

As you gather all of this information from potential well drillers make sure you are taking notes and asking questions. Make certain you are comparing apples to apples and if the information on pump size, location, and estimated depth are different, ask each well driller how they came up with the information.  After you have collected a quote from three or more drilling companies, you can compare and contrast the information you were given to decide which company is best for you. Remember, the driller's knowledge of your local geology and laws is imperative to the completion of the job. They should be able to walk you through the process step by step as you go. 

Skillings & Sons has been drilling residential water wells for over forty years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our expert staff is available to discuss all of your well water needs. Whetheryour drilling a residential water well or installing a commercial geothermal system,  we have the expertise and equipment to ensure your well is one last thing you will need to wory about for many years to come. Contact us today if you have questions about water well drilling.

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