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Signs You Have the Ideal Spot fora Private Well

When you're scouting for a great spot to place your private well, you'll eventually want to get your contractor involved and take advantage of his or her expert opinion. But you can also use common sense to get a feel for which spots on your property are the most likely-looking for a great well. Here are four signs that you may have found the ideal spot for drilling.

1. Nearby Wells Indicate a Good, Accessible Aquifer

The first thing to look for when considering putting a well in is how well other wells in the area perform. If you have an existing well on the property, that can be a big help. If not, check out the specs of other wells in the neighborhood.

Finding out as much as you can about these existing wells can help you plan your well better and help you form reasonable expectations.

For example, if the water in your existing well is hard, the water in your new well will be hard too so you'll want to plan on making allowances for that. Or if the wells in the area tend to be low-producing wells, maybe you can find out why and plan a well that can produce better in the available type of soil.

But if your previous well (or your neighbors' well) produces abundantly, never runs dry, and doesn't require any treatments, your chances for a high-performing well are much higher.

2. No Sources of Contamination Exist Nearby

Even if your area doesn't have naturally occurring contaminants in the groundwater - such as hard water minerals, saline, or arsenic - agricultural activities in the area can sometimes cause contamination of groundwater. The same goes for sewage treatment facilities - even just your private septic system. Your ideal spot should be well away from any of these possible issues.

Your ideal spot should also be at a considerable distance from any points where contamination could easily reach the groundwater. Old abandoned wells, for example, can allow any contaminants to bypass the topsoil filtering and get into the groundwater more easily. And surface water, such as rivers and lakes, can allow contaminants into the water table as well.

3. The Soil Is Loose but Not Too Loose

The type of soil present on your property can have a lot to say about whether your well will produce water quickly, whether or not it will be safe to drink from, and whether or not it will run dry easily.

For example, if your soil is pure, fast-draining gravel, the water will come up out of the well extremely quickly. But it will also filter down easily without losing all of its contaminants on the way, so the well might not be safe to drink from. In contrast, if your soil is super-silty, water won't flow as fast, so you'll need to put in a special type of well in order to get water out of it easily.

In addition, extremely rocky soil may be more difficult to drill through, so your ideal spot shouldn't be fraught with fractured boulders.

4. The Spot Is on Flat, Well-Drained Ground

Your ideal spot should not be in a depression where water pools or in a flood zone. That's because pooling water tends to collect contaminants and breed microorganisms, and you don't want those heading straight down into your well water. Instead, your perfect spot should be in a well-drained area, and ideally on relatively flat ground.

You can drill a well on a hill, but that can be more work because you'll need to drill for longer before reaching the water table.

Remember that finding an ideal spot for drilling doesn't necessarily mean you'll get great results. However, if you do choose the right spot and the right drilling contractors, you can maximize your chances of drilling a high-quality well.

Whether you're ready to drill or just starting to think about the possibility of putting a well in, feel free to get in touch with Brown & Cox Inc right away to discuss your plans.