An estimated 13 million Americans rely on private wells for their potable water, and for a good reason. There are many benefits to having a well drilled at your home or business, including ensuring safe potable water, lowering your water usage costs, or simply preferring the taste of well water. But, unless you’re in the well industry, you likely have questions about it, including “how deep are wells in Florida?” and other considerations. We have drilled wells for generations at Perry’s Pump Repair, so we are experts on this topic. Read on to learn more.
Having a well at your home or business provides many benefits, including the following.
When your property isn’t connected to your city or county’s water, and you need a well drilled, there are a few other things to remember.
Water well contractors like ours at Perry’s Pump Repair make educated decisions about an average depth for your area based on their experience. Florida wells can go as deep as 1000 feet, but most in our area of North Central Florida run 100 to 400 feet because the aquifer is closer to the ground’s surface. For most homeowners, a 3-4 inch diameter well outfitted with a pump works best.
Water quality can be affected by a well that is drilled at too shallow a depth. That is because deeper aquifers run less risk of land surface contamination. Generally, a deeper well is less susceptible to odor problems, drying issues in drought season, and elevated mineral levels that necessitate the addition of a water softening unit to your well.
Focusing on drought-proofing your well before it goes dry helps prevent situations that require emergency services, although Perry’s does offer 24-hour services should the need arise.
During periods of little rain coupled with warmer temperatures, water levels can fall, reducing the aquifer recharging. You can tell when your well is overworked if you notice a drop in water pressure, air bubbles from a non-aerated faucet, or your water becomes discolored or silted. You may need to replace your pressure tank with a bigger one or install a second for extra water storage.
As the drought goes on, the well water level can fall beneath the submersible pump or intake, leading to a further loss of water, and shallow wells are susceptible to this than deeper wells. This can be temporarily fixed by lowering the pump or intake but may require your current well to be deepened or a new well to be drilled altogether.
Don’t let just any company dig holes in your yard, or you’re risking unwelcome headaches and extra costs down the road. Trust the experienced team at Perry’s Pump Repair with your well drilling needs. We’ve served our community for generations and know how to knowledgeably answer all of your well questions and dig a well that will work for you and your family for years to come. Contact us today.