Our video inspection system can detect cracks in well casings, plugged or offset perforations, deformed casings, improper gravel packing, bacterial buildup, and mineral incrustation. This approach provides well owners the confidence to make informed decisions regarding performance and condition of their well.
Anything that has compromised a well can be time consuming, and costly often resulting in failure due to blind working conditions. A more cost-effective approach can be achieved by implementing our water well video inspection service.
If you use a private well to supply water to your home, you should test it for bacteria at least once a year. Testing is recommended every spring after the snow melt and spring run-off. You should also test your well if you see any changes in the water (ex: strong colour, odour or a change in taste or clarity) and after a particularly heavy rainfall or flooding Your well water may taste and look fine, however, there can be many harmful substances that you cannot taste, see or smell, such as bacteria and chemicals. These can enter well water both from the surface and ground, and can be a result of human or other activities. For example, nearby farming and agricultural activities or septic systems leakages, can lead to nitrates and fertilizers seeping into soil and contaminate your well water. It is important to test your well water and maintain it regularly to help prevent contamination. Proper care and maintenance of your sewage disposal system (if you have one) may also protect your well water quality. We collect the water and send the sample to a reputable lab for testing.Photo Gallery
Well development is the cleaning out the clay and silt introduced during the drilling process as well as the finer part of the aquifer directly around the well screen prior to putting the well into service. Effective well development increases the rate of water movement from the aquifer into the well, stabilizes the aquifer to prevent sand pumping, thereby producing better quality water and increasing the service life of the pump cylinder and well and removes organic and inorganic material which may inhibit effective well disinfection.Photo Gallery
If water reaches the ground surface under the natural pressure of the aquifer, the well is called a flowing artesian well. An aquifer is a geologic layer of porous and permeable material such as sand and gravel, limestone, or sandstone, through which water flows and is stored.
Flow from artesian wells should be controlled to prevent wasting groundwater, flooding, damage and sinkholes can occur. The quality of the surface water and the habitat of aquatic organisms can be impacted. A flowing artesian well is considered "under control" when the entire flow is through the production casing to the wellhead and the flow can be stopped indefinitely without leaking on the surface of the ground and with no leakage into any other aquifer penetrated by the well.
There are two steps to properly decommission a well; deactivate and close. What's the difference between deactivating and closing a well?
Deactivation: take the well temporarily out of service.
Closure: take the well permanently out of service.
If your well has not been used for five (5) years, the well must be deactivated. Deactivating a well involves capping, securing, protecting and maintaining the well in a safe and sanitary condition. If the deactivated well is not used for ten (10) years, it must then be properly closed. Closing of a well involves backfilling and sealing the well. Who can perform a well closure? According to B.C's Ground Water Protection Regulation, drilled wells more than 5 meters (15 feet) or dug wells more than 15 metres (50 feet) deep must be closed by a Qualified Well Driller.
If you have a low flowing well or no water on your property an option is to use a Cistern. Underground water storage tanks are used for underground storage of potable drinking water, wastewater, & rainwater collection.Photo Gallery
Rainwater harvesting is the collection and storage of rainwater for potable and nonpotable uses. With the right controls in place, harvested rainwater can be used for irrigation, outdoor cleaning, flushing toilets, washing clothes, and even drinking water.Photo Gallery
A well draw down test is performed at the well, using a special pump which draws water directly from the well.
The inspector can vary the rate at which the pump draws water out of the well in order to determine the rate at which the well can deliver a sustained water flow rate or quantity over a measured time period, usually several hours, typically 3 hours or 4 hours, and in some cases over 24 hours.
A true well flow test or well draw down test will discover the ability of the well to deliver water, without confusion caused by the characteristics of the building's own well pump, pump control, water pressure tank, water piping, or fixtures.