A private well on your property allows you access to fresh water at all times. You won't have to worry about a natural disaster or other problems with the municipal water treatment facility limiting your water supply when you choose to drill your own well.
Cost tends to be one of the obstacles that homeowners have a hard time moving past when considering a private well.
To truly understand the costs that are associated with drilling a well, you need to identify each major phase of the drilling process.
1. Water Survey
If you are looking for a way to minimize the cost of drilling a well on your property, then investing in an up-front water survey can be beneficial.
A water survey will tell you exactly where the underground aquifers are located on your land. You will also be provided with information on the depth of these water reserves.
A shallow well will cost less than a deep one, so you can use your water survey to identify the ideal location to drill your new well. Eliminating the need for test drills to find water will help you significantly reduce well drilling costs on your property.
The actual drilling process consists of several phases that will be reflected in the cost of your new well.
Drilling companies utilize special equipment to drill through the soil and into underground aquifers. A casing is installed inside the drill holes to prevent the walls from caving in.
You can expect to pay between $15 and $60 a foot for well drilling services. The final price will depend on the accessibility of your land and the type of soil that must be drilled through.
3. Well Pump Installation
Once you have the hole drilled for your well, you will need a way to transport water from the underground aquifer into your home's plumbing system. Well pumps are the right tool for this job.
Shallow wells can be serviced by well pumps that are installed at ground level. Deeper wells will need submersible pumps that can be lowered down into the aquifer to provide water access.
The national average in terms of cost for well pumps is $1,750.
The money you spend on well drilling should be viewed as an investment. The money will be well spent when you are able to enjoy continual access to quality drinking water in the future.
For more information about well drilling, contact a local company.