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Don’t Forget to Seal Abandoned Wells

Many times water wells surpass their usefulness. Either they are in a location that no longer needs a well, they need extensive repairs or they no longer provide enough water. Whatever the reason, wells no longer in use or abandoned pose a safety hazard. That’s why we offer well sealing in the Twin Cities area. We can properly seal unused wells to protect water quality.

What is well sealing?
Well sealing is permanently closing a well that is no longer in use or deemed unsafe. State law requires abandoned wells in Minnesota to be sealed. Well sealing involves clearing debris from the well and filling it with grout. This must be done by a licensed contractor, like Hartmann Well Drilling.

Well Sealing Twin CitiesWhy do unused wells need to be sealed?
There are two important reasons why water wells need to be sealed. First, wells that are no longer used often become forgotten. Many times the top of the well is no longer protected, which poses a hazard for unknowing people or animals to fall into the well. For this reason, it is important to properly seal them and have it done before the well is lost over time or covered with brush.

Secondly, unsealed wells become a direct line to allow pollutants, surface runoff and improperly disposed-of solid waste to contaminate groundwater. A common pollutant in Minnesota wells is high nitrate levels, which can come from fertilizers or septage. Sealing abandoned wells protects groundwater quality and also surface water quality in areas with spring-fed streams.

How do you seal a well?
As mentioned earlier, only a licensed professional should seal an unused well. We provide this service for the Twin Cities area, so if you have a well on your property no longer in use, give us a call. When we come, we will clear any debris from the area, cover the well and seal it with grout to prevent any contaminants from seeping through. It’s important to do this sooner rather than later. The longer a well sits unused, the great the potential for polluting the groundwater.

What about the cost?
Many Minnesota counties offer grants to help with the cost associated with sealing a well. Contact your county environmental services office to get information on available grants.

Please take the responsibility of caring for any abandoned wells on your property. It will not only protect you and your family, but the entire community as well.

To learn more about well sealing in the Twin Cities, call Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202 or you can Contact Us.

FAQ’s About Your Water Well

As you know, your home’s well is vital to the health and well being of you and your loved ones. That’s why, in all likelihood, you’ve got a few questions about water well drilling and the maintenance of your well. At Hartmann Well Drilling we offer water well drilling in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, and here to answer a few of the most common questions we receive about water wells and water well drilling.water well drilling

Q: Who should perform water well drilling?

A: Not just anyone can perform a professional water well drilling service. And, 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. You have to be trained on how to do this job, you have to have the right equipment to do this job and you have to have certain licenses in order to do this job legally. We understand that there are a lot of do-it-yourselfers out there, but well maintenance and repairs are not a do-it-yourself project.

Q: Are there different types of water well drilling?

A: There are three main types of water well drilling: dug, driven and drilled. A dug well is hand-dug through soft soil to a shallow water table. A driven well is when a small diameter pipe is driven into soft earth not too far under the surface of the earth. A drilled well, like what we specialize in here at Hartmann Well Drilling, is when a well is drilled using a drill rig and can go as far as 1,000 feet down into the earth’s surface.

Q: Where should I put my well?

A: The location of the water well drilling project is determined by a few different factors, and it takes a lot of expertise to determine where to drill.

Q: How long does it take for a well to run dry?

A: Most wells actually never run dry. And, you can expect your well to last you for several decades at a minimum.

Q: Does the EPA regulate my drinking water?

A: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates public drinking water systems, but they do not regulate privately owned wells. As such, those who have a private well should have their well water regularly tested to ensure there are no harmful toxins or contaminants and that the water is safe to drink.

Something else to keep in mind is that after your water well drilling, you should have your water well inspected on an annual bases by a professional water well drilling company like Hartmann. By having your well inspected regularly, you can prevent larger problems down the line. For example, 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.

Are you interested in learning more about water well drilling in Minneapolis? Call Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

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.