Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Well Drilling

What is the difference between a standard pump system and a constant pressure pump system?

Standard pump system

In a standard pumping system, a pressure switch controls the water pump. When the pressure drops to a certain level, typically around 30 psi the pump turns on. It continues pumping until the pressure reaches typically 50 psi at which point it shuts off. Water pressure fluctuates between these two levels during operation.

Constant Pressure System:

constant pressure system relies on a pressure sensor for control. When the pressure drops by only 5 psi, the system activates the pump. This system is less likely to cause fluctuation in water pressure and supplies a  more consistent pressure.

Do you need to leave the well casing above ground level?

The casing should be 12” above ground level.  This prevents contaminants from running into your water source.

Do you give free estimates on water wells?

Yes! Please contact us today to schedule an estimate.

What is a hydro frack?

Hydro frack is the process used to enhance the productivity of water wells.

  • water is injected under extremely high pressure into the bedrock formation through the well.
  • The goal is to flush out small particles and rock fragments from existing bedrock fractures.
  • As a result, these fractures are cleared and widened, creating more pathways for water flow.

Do you hydro frack?

Yes, we do! Check out our hydrofracking page here.

Do you drill geothermal wells?

Yes, we drill the wells and complete the loop field.  A heating contractor does the actual system and hook up.

What are my options if I continue running out of water in my well?

  1. Drill well deeper if current well is worthy
  2. Hydro frack well if accessible and 300ft or deeper
  3. Drill a new well.

FAQs about Water Treatment

Is there a warranty  on the water treatment system(s)?

There are warranties on the equipment.  This will vary depending on the equipment installed.

How long does a water treatment system typically last before needing replacement?

Treatment systems can last up to 25+ years with proper maintenance.

Do I need a water softener in addition to other treatment methods?

Your water test results will help us determine if you need a water softener.

Will a water treatment system work with my existing plumbing?

Yes.

Can I install a water treatment system myself, or do I need professional installation?

There are no legal reasons that require professional installation, so the quality of the installation will depend on knowledge, experience, and confidence of the person installing it. That is why we recommend a professional installer, because it will ensure the system is installed properly and according to code.

How often should I test my water?

Yearly if no treatment to correct issues has been installed.

Are there any regulations or standards that my water treatment system needs to meet?

Not for the treatment system itself. However, there are maximum contaminant levels for PA and your particular county. 

What are the health risks associated with untreated water, and how does treatment mitigate these risks?

The health risks will entirely depend on the type and amount of contaminants that are present in your water. The best way to learn more about the health of your water is to call us for a free estimate.

How much does it cost to install and maintain a water treatment system?

We offer several water treatment systems at a range of prices. To find out what system is best for your use, contact us to for a free estimate. 

What kind of maintenance is required for water treatment systems?

Maintenance depends on the type of system that has been installed, and can include services such as inspections, control checks, cleaning, and replacing filters or parts.  

How effective are these treatment methods in removing contaminants?

Our water treatment methods are extremely effective at removing contaminants.

What are the different methods of water treatment available?

Filtration, softening, injection, and disinfection.

FAQs about Geothermal Service

Can a geothermal system provide both heating and cooling for my home or business?

Yes, geothermal can provide efficient heating and cooling for homes and businesses.

What is the environmental impact of geothermal energy, and how does it contribute to sustainability?

Geothermal heat pump systems exchange heat from the Earth while air source heat pumps exchange from the air compared to air source system. Geothermal systems have been shown to be quieter, last longer, and require less maintenance and they do not depend on the temperature of the outside air.

How is a geothermal system installed, and what is involved in the process?

Drilling contractor will drill the holes and install the loops for the system. The loops we ran together into the house. The heating contractor will then install the heating system and tie the lines in.

What is the lifespan of a geothermal system, and how does it compare to traditional HVAC systems?

Lifespan of a geothermal system is 20+ years for the system and 25 to 50 years for the geothermal field where a traditional system is 15 to 25 years for the system

What types of geothermal systems are available, and which one is best suited for my property?

Close loop geothermal open loop geothermal and horizontal. Geothermal site visit will determine type of system and Township regulations. Will also determine this.

How do I determine if my property is suitable for geothermal installation?

Contractor will determine if there is enough room to install geothermal on your property.

How much energy and cost savings can I expect with a geothermal system?

30% to 70% on heating side and 20% to 50% on cooling side.

Is there a tax credit for geothermal wells?

A 30% federal tax credit for residential ground source heat pump installations through December 31, 2032. This will be lowered to 26% for systems that are installed in 2033 and 22% in 2034.

Do you drill geothermal wells?

Yes, we drill the wells and complete the loop field.  A heating contractor does the actual system and hook up.

What is a geothermal heating and AC?

Geothermal heat pumps are electrically powered systems that use the stored energy of the greatest solar collector in existence: THE EARTH. These systems use the earth’s relatively constant temperature to provide heating and cooling for homes and commercial buildings.

FAQs about Well Certification

What are the benefits of having a certified well?

You will then know how many gallons per minute you well is producing. This is very important when buying a new house to make sure the water supply is sufficient for the amount of people in your family.

Does a well need to be re-certified? 

Well change after time it is always a good idea to have a new well certification if you are buying a house.

Are there any costs associated with obtaining well certification?

Call our office and we can give you a price for a well certification depending on what area you live in and what type of water testing you would like to include with the well inspection.

How long does the certification process typically take?

Typically a well inspection takes two hours.

What is the process for obtaining well certification?

Call our office and we can set up an appointment and give you pricing for the well certification, also known as well inspection

Who is responsible for certifying wells, and what qualifications do they need?

Water well drillers typically certify wells.

How do I know if my well needs to be certified?

Well certifications are always a good idea if you are buying or selling a house.  This will make sure that everything is working properly and that the well produces enough water to maintain the household.

Are there specific regulations or standards that wells need to meet to become certified?

Typically this is not regulated

What is well certification, and why is it necessary?

A well certification inspects the well and components of the well sick as pump and pressure tank to make sure all are in good working order.  It also will tell you the recovery rate of your well.  This is very important to make sure the well will be adequate for your specific household use

FAQs about Well Pumps

What is the cost of the pump, including installation and any additional equipment needed?

Every pump situation is different. We would have to come out to analyze your situation before we could give you.

Are there any warranties or guarantees provided with the purchase of the pump?

Most of our pumps have a five year warranty for any factory defects on the pump only.

What is the expected lifespan of the pump, and how often does it need maintenance?

Average lifetime of a pump is 12 to 15 years.

Are there any specific electrical requirements for the pump installation?

Most submersible pumps, runoff of a 240 V electric line.

What is the horsepower requirement for my well pump?

This depends on the depth of your well, and the gallons per minute needed for use.

How much water pressure do I need, and which pump can provide it?

An average water pressure is between 40 and 60 psi.

What are the differences between submersible pumps and jet pumps, and which is more suitable for my situation?

Submersible pumps can pump from a deeper depth, and produce more pressure and volume.

What is the depth and yield of my well, and how does that affect the choice of pump?

Deeper wells will require larger horsepower pumps.

What type of well pump do I need for my particular well system?

Typically we install submersible while pumps in some cases people are interested in hand pumps. You can call the office to discuss.

FAQs about Quarry Drilling

What safety measures are in place during quarry drilling operations?

All MSHA regulations are followed when drilling

What materials are typically extracted through quarry drilling?

Stone dust

What is quarry drilling, and how is it different from other types of drilling?

When drilling in a quarry, we are drilling, blast holes for crushed aggregates.

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