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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.

Rice County Residents Can Still Cash in on Well-Sealing Cost Share Funds From the State

Residents of Rice County with water wells on their property are eligible for financial assistance to seal-off old, unused, or abandoned wells. The funds are available via the State of Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act. You must act swiftly as the act expires December 31, 2016. As of this publication date, no funding is set to be available for 2017.

The Rice County Targeted Well Sealing Cost-Share Program allows property owners who apply before the sealing of their well occurs to be reimbursed up to 50% of the licensed contractor cost with a $1000 ceiling. The well must occupy real property within the county, including those which lay within city limits. There will be no reimbursement retroactive to work that has already been completed. In order to obtain funds, which are allotted on a first come, first serve basis, the approved project must bear a completion date no later than December 31, 2016.

Hartman Well Drilling, 86 year veterans as licensed contractors in all things water well, can more than handle the well sealing on your Rice County property for you, once you secure your funds. Unsealed wells pose a widespread health hazard for contamination, which will in turn pollute the groundwater and ultimately the aquifer, the geologic formations underground which contain the primary source of drinking water for Rice County. Wooden board or concrete-sealed wells with concrete do not tend to do an adequate job in serving as a sealant. In possession of the experience and the equipment, Hartmann Well Drilling can seal your well according to the laws set forth by the state of Minnesota.

The well drilling services provided by Hartmann Well Drilling also include removal of any debris or remaining pumping equipment that lay within. Once anything within is removed a special blend of grout mixture will fill the well, properly sealing it off.

Further information and application materials can be found under the “Hot Topics” banner at: www.co.rice.mn.us/departments/planning-zoning. Interested parties may also contact Rice County Environmental Services at 507-332-6113 or by email at rcplanningzoning@co.rice.mn.us.

For more information on well sealing in Rice County and the other services provided by Hartmann Well Drilling, call us up at 952-758-2202 or get a Free Estimate.

Geothermal Repair Will Get Temperatures Where You Want to Keep Them

A ground source heat pump is an electric- powered system that taps into the stored energy of the earth to supply cooling and heating to your home.

A geothermal ground source heat pump has closed or open loops. Closed loop systems have water or antifreeze circulating through plastic pipes buried below the earth’s surface. During the winter months, the fluid that gathers from the earth is converted to warm energy and is circulated through the system and ultimately into the building. During the summer, a geothermal system reverses into cooling mode in which  the building is cooled by pulling heat from the building, and placing it in the ground. This process creates hot water in the summer and delivers hot water savings in the winter.

Geothermal energy systems’ piping can last for well over 50 years. The longevity of these systems tends towards few needs in the way of geothermal repair. Things can and do go wrong with geothermal energy systems, however. Maybe there is no cool when outside it is hot, or vice versa. If you are in need of a geothermal repair for your New Prague (or otherwise local) home or business, call on the professionals at Hartmann Well Drilling.

To keep an eye out and otherwise ward off the need for any potential geothermal repair, annual inspection and/or maintenance is called for. Repairs can still emerge no matter how well you maintain your system. Watch for the following signs that may indicate a need for repair:

  1. Leaks—can and do emerge from time-to-time, especially in scenarios where they are nearing their 50-year birthday. The loops within the geothermal system tend to not circulate refrigerant, but usually a water and antifreeze mixture. Leaks emerge as otherwise inexplicable wet spots on your lawn. Should spots of this sort appear in conjunction with a reduction in heating or cooling power, call on Hartmann Well to come out and take a look. They will place a dye into the heat pump that will identify where the leak is occurring.
  2. Malfunctions—Your geothermal system being for all intents and purposes a heat pump, you’re your eyes open for a loss of cooling or heating power, ice developing along indoor coils during cooling mode, a drop in air flow and/or grating noises to be emanating from the cabinet. Some of these symptoms can occur due to damaged loops, but the problem may originate inside the interior cabinet itself. Other common issues are mechanical failures
  3. Bill Increase—Keep an eye on your energy bills, they will warn you of potential problems. If your bill begins to spike without any otherwise reasonable explanation, there may be an issue with your geothermal system or some other cog in your overall HVAC network. Call on a professional to come out and take a look, and, if need be, conduct a geothermal repair.

Because geothermal systems are extensive and require special installation, only trained repair technicians can properly fix them. Don’t open the heat pump cabinet!

Looking to learn more about our geothermal repair services? Call us today at 952-758-2202 or request a Free Estimate.