Why Do I Need A Water Well?
If you live outside the city water supply, a well is the only source of clean, safe water. It’s also a valuable asset for your property and a smart, long-term investment that saves time, money, and stress.
What’s The Process For Installing A Well?
We have a four-step installation process for a new well: obtaining a permit, deciding on well location, constructing the well, and installing a well pump.
Where Should A Well Be Installed?
The well has to be installed far enough from sources of contamination — utilities, septic tanks, etc. A good rule of thumb is a distance of 50 feet between the well and these different sources. If there are construction plans for the future, the location should accommodate those as well.
How Much Room Is Required To Drill A Well?
The typical size of a well is between 6–8 inches in diameter, but this can vary based on surrounding geology, water yield, and type of equipment.
Can You Drill All Year Long?
Technically, drilling is possible all year, but it’s difficult during the winter months (January and February) as colder temperatures are hard on the equipment.
How Often Does A Well Need Maintenance?
Your well should be inspected annually by a professional for water quality issues or if you experience any of the following:
- Loss in water pressure
- Air spurts in the water
- Higher electric bill than expected
- Change in odor or appearance in the water
- Strange noises or clicking sounds coming from the system
What Type Of Well Is Installed?
In North Florida, Floridan aquifer wells, also referred to as artesian wells, are typically installed. Their depths range from 250 feet to 1,000 feet, depending on the location of the well and the intended use.
I Have No Running Water. What Should I Do?
This is often just a blown fuse or tripped breaker, which can be fixed on-the-spot. If the cause of no running water isn’t electrical, call well repair specialists.
If I Have Access To City Water, Can I Drill A Well?
Yes! Even if you already have access to a municipal water supply, you can still install a private well.
How Long Does It Take To Drill A Well?
Depending on drilling conditions, well installation can take 1–2 days.
How Do I Know My Water Is Safe To Drink?
At North Florida Water Systems, we use Bentonite grout around the casing to prevent water contamination and to ensure safe drinking water. With that said, it’s recommended to test your water once a year for bacteria due to changing groundwater flow and other conditions that could affect the quality of your water.
What Causes High/Low Water Pressure?
There are a few reasons for the well not working as it should. Wells can “go dry,” meaning that water levels have dropped below pump intake. This could be due to a local power failure, an inadequate filter, or a lowering of the water table. All of this means the well may need to be dug a little deeper. Never make repairs on a well yourself; contact well drilling professionals at North Florida Water Systems if you’re having water pressure issues.