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    Where to start?

    I am closing on a house on Monday and will need to get the well up and running.

    WHAT I KNOW ABOU THE WELL
    * The well is behind the house
    * The well is the only water source for the house



    OK maybe I know a little more.

    The house is a foreclosure so the seller/bank has no information. When I first looked at the house in 10/05 there was a pump on the well. The tank and softener was bypassed. Now the pump is gone so I am starting from scratch.

    Where do I start?
    I have contact information for a nearby well drilling company, with a recommendation from a friend of mine that is a friend of the owner.

    My thoughts:
    *Pay them to come by and check the well. Get them to tell me the specs on the well, depth, water level, etc.(Can this be done?)
    *Get a quote on pump and tank from them and bring that info here to make sure that is what I need and get more quotes for someone here.
    *Get water sample tested to see what treatment/filter I need.

    Does this sound right?

    Thanks for any help.

    Charles

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    Your on the right track Charles.

    If you have limited knowledge of wells etc. Calling a well driller would be a good idea. Be sure to have him tell you what kind of pump this is. Shallow well jet, deep well jet, how many stages, what horsepower etc. What brand he recommends. If it is a deep well jet, does it pipe to the well or bolt directly to it. If it bolts, what brand casing adaptor is there? The tank is easy, so don't worry about that. Having the water sampled is a very good idea. You will need the pump to take a sample of course.

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    Charles,

    Before you try the well drillers in the area, who may or may not have records of drilling your well, try:

    http://www.dotd.state.la.us/intermodal/wells/

    See if your well was registered with the State.

    Rancher

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    Thanks for the great information.

    The well is not registered with the state. The house was built in 1978 and well registration wasn't required then.

    Is there a way I could figure out the depth and water level myself or would I have to get it done by a well driller?

    I will be out at the property the weekend and can try to get some information and/or pictures.

    Thanks,

    Charles


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    A string with a nut on the end of it, you can feel when it hits the water, and when it hits bottom.

    Rancher

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    I'm thinking there is some pipe in the well still which would rule out the string and weight thing.

    It is a better idea to call the Well Driller. He will know the area and will already know where the water level should be, he can tell you if there is a deep well jet or just droppipe in the well and what you need for a replacement pump. I couldn't do this with you over the phone, it is something that has to be seen. Or if you want, post some images and I'll take a look. They can't be any bigger than 1.7 MB.

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    I have some pictures and info on the well.

    It is a 3" well with 2" pvc in 3" pipe then a 1" pipe that was connected to the pump. The well is 50' deep, the water level is 12', and the 1" pipe was pumping water from 38'.

    Pictures can be seen at http://cwdistributing.com/well.aspx .

    Is this enough info? If not let me know and I will try to get it. (I would rather learn about wells than call a well driller if I can )

    Thanks,
    Charles

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    Aren't web sites cool. You can put any pictures you want on them and show the world. Great pics by the way.

    I'm not sure why the two inch inside of the three inch, but it's a shallow well for sure. I see the previous owners bought all quality equipment. The Mark VI, Sears Softener etc. You will have to replace all that stuff as well, I'm sure. Looks like you have a fair amount of iron which should be removed with an iron filter, not a softener.

    A 1/2hp shallow well jet pump will get you by with a small 42 gallon bladder tank. I can almost guarantee that Mark VI is bad.

    I can provide all the stuff you need to make it work if you want to save some money and get quality materials.

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