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A Well of Information: All about Well Inspection & Well Installation

One of the most important parts of a home is a well that is in good working order with water of good quality. Whether you’re getting ready to buy a home with a well already installed or looking into well installation for your Bloomington home, you may have a few questions about them. We’ve put together some of the questions we’ve received about well installation, inspection and more to help you familiarize yourself with the processes.

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What does an inspection company look for when it comes to the well?

An experienced inspection company will look at several different aspects of the well; if the water has any impurities, how well the water flows, how much water can be pumped from the well and where the well is located in relation to things like the septic system, property lines and any ponds or bodies of water.

Getting the well inspected means that any issues with water quality or the actual well itself can be addressed. Hartmann Well Drilling can recommend filters to improve the water quality, if needed, or we can provide a quote and fix any issues with the structural quality of the well before you purchase the home and move in.

How deep should my well go?

The depth of your well installation depends heavily on the hydro-geology of the landscape. The location of underground aquifers also plays a part. Aquifers are underground areas where water is naturally stored.

Does a well need to be tested?

We will test the water right after the well installation and you should have your well water tested at least once a year to ensure there are no problems.

How long does a well installation take?

This varies from job to job. It depends on how deep the well will need to go. Generally, a well installation usually takes a day or two to complete.

Do all wells have pumps? When are those installed?

Yes. And, our well installation experts will put in your water pump after the drilling process is complete. We will determine the size pump your new well installation requires and install it shortly after the drilling is complete.

In addition to well installation, Hartmann Well Drilling also offers a variety of water well-related services including:

  • Well sealing
  • Pump service
  • Well certification
  • Geothermal drilling
  • Well chlorination
  • And more

Are you interested in learning more about wells, well inspection or well installation for your Bloomington home? Call Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202 or you can contact us to schedule a Free Estimate.

Facts and Fictions: All About Geothermal Energy & Geothermal Repair

These days, it seems that geothermal energy is becoming more and more popular and with good reason! They are not only cost-effective; they are also incredibly environmentally friendly! And, as one of the top companies in geothermal repair for Minneapolis, Hartmann Well Drilling is often asked about geothermal energy, geothermal repair and ground source heat pumps. So, we thought we would take the time to discuss some of the most common facts and the most common fictions about geothermal energy and geothermal repair.

FACT. Geothermal energy is a renewable resource. Ground source heat pumps use a continuous source of heat and energy – so you will never have to worry about it running out.

FICTION: Ground source heat pumps use a lot of electricity. While geothermal energy does use electricity, only one unit of electricity is used to move five heating or cooling units form the earth to your home.

FACT: Geothermal energy is environmentally friendly. Not only is it better for the environment since there is no burning of fossil fuels involved, it is also a cost effective way to produce heat and energy.

FICTION: Geothermal systems wear out quickly. Because of the way these systems are built and installed into the ground, they are actually known to last for several decades at a time because the heat-exchange equipment is indoors. The rest of the system is mostly underground, and geothermal companies can replace the system or perform geothermal repair at a lower cost than what it took to install the system in the first place.

FACT: Geothermal supplies less than 10% of the world’s energy. Iceland’s main type of energy source is geothermal energy. New Zealand, the Philippines, Italy and Japan also use geothermal energy quite extensively, and it is also very popular in Nevada and California.

FICTION: Geothermal installation and repair is impossibly expensive. Geothermal companies like Hartmann Well Drilling can install and repair a ground source heat pump at a reasonable price. Many different manufacturers offer financing options, and the government (local, state and federal) will sometimes have financial incentives, like tax breaks, for those who have these pumps installed.

FACT: Hartmann Well Drilling is an accredited geothermal repair expert and installer, and we are accredited by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.

FICTION: Geothermal energy is just for heat. When you get a ground source heat pump installed, you will not just enjoy heat. You will also get a new source of electricity. It can also provide cooling for your home too.

FUN FACTS: Volcanoes, hot springs and geysers are all forms of geothermal energy. And, the word geothermal comes from the Greek word “geo” meaning earth and “therme” meaning heat.

Would you like to learn even more about geothermal energy and geothermal repair in Minneapolis? Call us at Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202, or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate.

The Importance of Well Repair, Maintenance & Inspection

Your water well is one of the most important parts of your home. And when your water well isn’t working as well as it usually does, it can be a frustrating time. Chances are it is not a do it yourself type of repair, so you will need to call in professionals to help with your water well repair. New Prague residents know they can trust the experts at Hartmann Well Drilling to quickly and accurately diagnose and fix the problem.

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A well drilling company like Hartmann can come to your property and determine several different things about your well. From there we can offer some maintenance suggestions and water well repair to keep your well working as it should. Some of these include:

  • Never try to service your own well. You should always call in professionals who know exactly what to do when it comes to well drilling and well maintenance. We know that there are a lot of do-it-yourselfers out there, but well maintenance and repairs are not a do-it-yourself project.
  • You should have your water well inspected on an annual basis for any necessary water well repair. We will perform a flow test to determine the system’s output, we will check the water levels before and during pumping and we will check the pump motor, among other tasks. There are several things you can do between inspections to help ensure the safety of your well and well water.
  • Keep hazardous chemicals away from your well. Be sure to occasionally look at your well cap to make sure it’s not broken and in need of repair.

Water well repair can also be a result of electrical failures, and these failures can be a result an electrical surge or short. Sometimes, they can even be a result of lightning striking your well. You might not even notice a problem right away but a professional water well repair company like Hartmann can pinpoint the issue.

And, if your well pump is not working properly and you just had a new one installed, that might mean that it was not put in correctly in the first place. You should call the water well repair experts at Hartmann Well Drilling to come out and check on the installation job to ensure it was done correctly.

These are just a few of the reasons to enlist the professionals for your water well repair in New Prague. Call us at Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions about Geothermal Installation

There are many different reasons you should consider geothermal installation for your Twin Cities home. From cost to the environment, this alternative source of energy provides many great unexpected benefits. Since this type of energy supplies less than 10% of the world’s energy, we also understand that you may have a few questions about geothermal installation.

That’s why we’ve put together some answers to the questions we’ve received below and we hope this gives you an overview on geothermal installation and what it’s all about. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to give Hartmann Well Drilling a call!

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Q: What is geothermal energy?
A: Geothermal energy is energy generated by heat stored below the Earth’s surface. Geothermal heat pumps then harness this energy to create heating and cooling for your home.

Q: Is a geothermal installation strictly for heating the home?
A: No. When you get a ground source heat pump installation, you will not just enjoy heat. You will also get a new source of electricity. It can even provide cooling for your home as well!

Q: Is geothermal energy expensive?
A: Because geothermal heat pumps are transferring heat and not creating it, this makes the system incredibly efficient.

Q: Is geothermal energy environmentally friendly?
A: Geothermal installation uses about 25 to 50% less electricity than conventional heating and cooling systems. And, there is no combustion required! Meaning, they don’t emit any greenhouse gases like carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Q: How long does a geothermal installation last?
A: First of all, geothermal energy is a continuous source of heat and energy, so you will never have to worry about it running out. Second, ground source heat pumps have inside components that will work for about 25 years, and the ground loop will work for more than 50 years.

Q: Is there just one kind of geothermal heat pump to choose from?
A: There are actual several including horizontal systems, vertical systems, closed-loop systems, open-looped systems and systems that use a direct heat exchange. An expert at Hartman Well Drilling can let you know what their many differences and benefits are.

Q: Are geothermal heat pumps easy to maintain?
A: When you choose geothermal installation you can expect low maintenance. Their total maintenance costs are usually 1/3 below that of conventional systems.

Q: Are they loud?
A: Once your geothermal installation is complete, you will notice the system is much quieter than conventional heating and cooling systems.

Ready to learn more about geothermal installation in the Twin Cities? Call Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Wintertime Well Drilling

Our Minnesota winter is notorious for the depths to which temperatures drop as well as our accumulation of frozen precipitation. Take a pick or a shovel out to your lawn in the dead of winter and you have an idea of just how difficult drilling can be through frozen ground. The depth of frost alone in Minnesota frequently reaches five feet below ground. Ground water within the soil freezes and gets hard as a rock.

So, being that the need for well drilling in Shakopee is not dependent upon season, if the need arises, many wonder if it this can be done. According to Hartmann Well Drilling, the answer is a resounding “yes”.

The equipment we employ to carry out well drilling is used to drill through gravel as well as rock. Though the ground may be frozen solid several feet down, it poses little challenge. A frozen soil is ultimately no more difficult to penetrate than is rock.

Typically, when encountering frozen ground, well drillers choose between fixed or rotary cutter drill bits which are dependent upon how hard the material is that is to be drilled. Drill bits of this sort are rather sophisticated and run thousands of dollars apiece.

The primary issues in well drilling during a Minnesota winter are the air temperatures to the workers carrying out the job for customers. Other than the comfort of individual well drillers, well drilling can be done without issue, providing you and yours with a safe, sufficient water supply.

The water that a well will be accessing, of course, is found in the water table. The water table, generally found at a depth way below the freeze line of the ground surface, is not affected by the outdoor temperatures, it being buffered by the many feet of soil and rock between it and the surface above. That is not to say that there are not issues that may arise as water makes it way to the surface. The piping that makes its way through the ground to your home and/or the well portion that is above ground can most certainly freeze. Items such as “hot cords” can be wrapped around piping to help prevent the line itself, the pumps and all wares that house water at any step in the process from freezing.

For additional information concerning well drilling in Shakopee, as well as any other services provided by Hartmann Well Drilling, call us at 952-758-2202 or get a Free Estimate.