What to Expect From the Drilling Process

To anyone who has never been through the process of drilling a water well, the project can seem daunting.But as long as you work with a competent drilling contractor, there is no reason to be overwhelmed by the prospect of drilling a water well.JR Drilling will guide you every step of the way so you always know what to expect and how best to proceed. To help get you started, we've provided an overview of the steps involved in the process.

Early Stages

Once you have made the decision to drill a water well, the first step is to contact us at JR Drilling. We will set up an on-site meeting to discuss all the preliminary steps needed before proceeding with any drilling. These include the following:

    Drilling the Well

    Once a suitable location has been chosen and all necessary permits have been obtained, JR Drilling will come to your site with all the necessary drilling equipment. There are several different types of drills that can be used,with the most common being the dual rotary drill method.

    When drilling with a rotary drill, a drill bit is attached to the end of a drill string, or pipe. The drill string is rotated and the bit cuts into the earth,using the same concept as a simple hand drill.Cuttings from the drilling are flushed upwards out of the drill hole during the drilling process.

    The well hole is then lined with a casing, usually made out of steel or durable plastic pipe. The casing prevents the well from caving in and protects the well water from any contamination from the surrounding area.

    For wells that are drilled into sand or gravel or require high flow rates, often a well screen is placed in the well at the bottom of the casing. The screen keeps the sand and gravel out of the well while still allowing water to enter.

    Finally, grout is added to the space between the sides of the drill hole and the casing. This is an important step in keeping contaminants from seeping into the well around the outside of the well casing.

    Post Well-Drilling

    After a well is drilled, a water pump is installed to draw water from the well into your property's water system.In most cases we recommend that a pump test be performed to clear the water, establish an accurate flow rate and drawdown test. At this time the well should be thoroughly disinfected to insure there is no bacteria present in the well and in some cases a detailed water analysis is required or recommended. After this your water pump/system is ready to be installed. JR Drilling routinely works with reputable pump installers in your area and is in a perfect position to introduce any of them to you.

    The End Result: Water from your own Well

    When all work is done,you will be able to enjoy your own water: The world's most precious commodity!