The Complete Guide to Drilling a Well in Florida

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The Complete Guide to Drilling a Well in Florida

Well-drilling is a process that involves digging into the ground, but it’s much more than simply making a hole. In North Central Florida, our groundwater and ground compositions are very different from the rest of the state. There is no “one size fits all” well drilling for residents that live here, and it’s important to know what to look out for in a well-drilling contractor.

At Perry’s Pump Repair, we have over 30 years of experience working with the Florida water and ground in our service areas. From our well pump services, to water softening and treatment services, to our water storage and tank services, we know exactly how to drill, pump, store, and filter Floridian water to get the best-quality supply for the longest time.

Where Does Our Water Come From?

Here in North Central Florida, we are lucky to live above the Floridan Aquifer.  An aquifer is a large, porous rock that holds ground water inside and allows water to move inside and throughout the rock. According to the Suwannee River Management Department, more than 90% of the northeast and east-central areas of the state use groundwater from the Floridian aquifers as their water supply.

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How Does Well Drilling Work in North Florida?

In this area specifically, there are a few steps that a qualified contractor will take to assess how to best approach drilling a well in Florida:

The Ground Composition on Your Property

The first thing a contractor will do is assess the make-up of the ground on your property. Depending on the location, property in Florida could range from beach to swampland! That being said, each type of soil has specific requirements to properly install a well. 

For example, if your home’s soil composition is more sandy, a steel casing with concrete for the well will be needed for the pump set in order for the well to keep stable. If your property has more clay-based soil, then you may only need the steel casing and no concrete.

How Deep the Well Needs to Be

Simply put, the depth of a well is always “as deep as it needs to be”. Most well drilling companies stop once they hit the water. However, in Florida, that first draw of water may not actually water from the aquifer and is susceptible to “slime” down the road. At Perry’s Pump Repair we have a 10-year sediment-free guarantee on all our wells, and that’s because we drill deep to get past the top rock of the aquifer. 

What Your Water Needs Are

A qualified well-drilling contractor should have a conversation with you about your unique water needs. For example, if you own a horse farm, your needs will be different from that of a standard-sized family. Will you be irrigating your farm with this water well? These are questions that your contractor should ask, to help you get the best water flow for your needs.

While this isn’t a complete list of the assessments that a qualified well-drilling contractor would make, this will help you ask the right questions when you go to hire accompany for well-drilling in North Central Florida.

Contact Perry’s Pump Repair for Well Drilling in Florida

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Well-drilling is an important and sometimes expensive endeavor, so you want to make sure the job gets done right the first time. Otherwise, you could be left without clean water to drink and thousands of dollars in repairs. Wherever you’re located in North Central Florida, we know how to drill the best well for your property. 

At Perry’s Pump Repair, we specialize in everything related to well-drilling, water pumps, water treatment, water testing, and more. If you arere thinking about drilling a well on your property, call our experts. You’ll be glad you did!

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