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What To Know About Water Well Drilling in Pensacola FL?

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Are you considering having a well drilled on your Escambia County Florida property? Whether you are buying a new property or have lived in the same home for years let A Premier Landscaping and Irrigation is going to share with you what to consider before having a water well drilled in Pensacola FL so you can make the most informed choice for your household.

Three Types of Water Wells in Pensacola FL

Dug/ Bored Wells: This is not a water well that required drilling but is worth mentioning so you understand the difference in each water well. Dug/ Bored wells and are created by hand using a backhoe, auger, or shove. They are housed inside a 24-inch diameter concrete pipe with gravel at the bottom of the well and poured on the outside of the casing to filter out the drinking water from iron, magnesium, calcium, and contamination.

Often Floridians with bored wells find their drinking water is poor and easily contaminated because the drinking water comes from the surface near the aquafer and not the aquifer itself. In order to have clear and clean drinking water you need the well to be at least 100 feet and bored wells are approximately 30 to 100 feet making them shallower that other wells because the rock prevent the hole from extending past the water table.

A water table is a boundary between the soil and area where groundwater saturates the space between the rocks and crack. Another issue with dug/bored water wells in Pensacola FL is they must be refilled frequently and endure changes in Pensacola FL weather such as drought and excessive rain. Withdrawing water for showers, cooking, and drinking causes the water level to lower and if the water levels drop below the pumps intake, then you begin to pump air. Only in areas where the aquifer produces 1,400 gallons or less per day are bored/ dug wells recommended as these types of wells can also double as a reservoir to store water.

Driven Water Wells: Much like dug/ bored wells they collect water from above the bedrock, while these wells are deeper than a bored/ dug well they are still low yielding wells that may produce unsafe drinking water due to contamination. These wells can also go dry during Pensacola drought period of drought. The main difference between this well and a bored/ dug well is these wells remain cased.

Water Well Drilling: Many homeowners draw their water from private wells and in Pensacola FL the most common method for well drilling is rotary drilling with a pipe that is about 15 feet long to drill through solid rock. The drill stem is hollow and contains either air or mud that allows the machinery to drill wells thousands of feet deep thought most private wells drilled in Pensacola FL are 100 to 500 feet deep. All well drilling requires casing which drastically decreases the risk of contamination and running out of water. Most homes along Pensacola, Milton and Northwest Florida have a private well with a high yield water flow of 360 gallons of water per hour, which is adequate for peak water hours when everyone needs to shower, eat, or wash their laundry and since the water is coming from the aquifer the water will be healthier and taste superior to what the city could provide and without the cost of a monthly water bill. One of the reasons its healthier than local water is that local water comes from rivers and must be treated with hash chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride. While fluoride can be found in a private well it is not as likely to be enough that it can cause pain and tenderness to your bones and joints or cause your teeth to become pitted or discolored.

However even with water well drilling there is much to consider such as where on your property the well should be located and the construction of your private water well.

Where on Your Pensacola Property Should A Private Water Well Be Located?

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If you have opted to have a well drilled in Pensacola FL instead of having a dug/ bored well or driven water well then you should know the key to safe drinking water is how the well is built and where it is located.

In the United States the average rain per year is 38 inches but along the Emerald Coast its almost double. Pensacola average rainfall is 64 inches and when it rains if the rainwater puddles near the water well it can lead to a myriad of health issues due to the harmful bacteria and chemicals on the land such as fertilizers, human and animal sewage. Heavy metals may also cause contamination through ground movement and surface water seepage. This is why you want to carefully consider whom you hire for your well drilling in Pensacola. Choosing a water well service can be challenging, especially if you are not well versed in water wells but here are a few helpful tips to use when calling water well contractors in northwest Florida.

How to Find A Quality Well Drillers in Pensacola Florida

  • Is the well driller licensed by the state of Florida?

  • How much experience does the company have with well drilling?

  • Does the water well contractor submit waterlogs?

  • Do they have adequate machinery to drill for a well?

  • Are they insured and do they provide any type of guarantee?

  • Does the well driller know Florida health and safety codes for drilling?

Before they drill you want to know an upfront price and have everything in writing for your peace of mind. Then once the well has been constructed and before the rig is removed you want to make sure you inspect the following:

  1. Well Depth

  2. Water Yield

  3. Well Cap

  4. Records

If you are seeking an honest, dependable, and reputable well driller or water well service contract contacts A Premier Landscaping and irrigation. They have over 30 years of experience and offer affordable mud rotary drilling. Contact them via their website or give them a call at 850-897-1000

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