"We are licensed
to drill water and ground source wells in both Kansas and Missouri.
We have installed numerous wells throughout Western Missouri and
Eastern Kansas. Our company prides itself on our professionalism
and workmanship. Not only can we provide a water or ground
source well, we can also service your well if needed."
~ Jesse Yoakum
WATER WELL FAQs From Missouri Well Driller Jesse Yoakum
How much water will my well make?
There is no way to determine the amount of
water a well will make until the well has been completed. In some
parts of our drilling area the water is found only in random bedrock
fractures. These wells typically yield about one to two gallons per
minute. In other areas, yields of seventy gallons per minute are common.
When you call us with the geological location of your land, we can
let you know what the wells around your property yield, although that
does not always indicate exactly how much water your well will yield.
The more important question would be to ask how much water will be
needed. For homeowners, the average adult uses between seventy five
to one hundred (75-100) gallons per day. Therefore, four hundred (400)
gallons per day should be able to meet the needs of a family of four,
and the actual use would be only a little over one quarter (1/4) gallon
per minute. Landscaping, greenhouses, swimming pools, hot tubs, livestock
and pets require considerably more water. An external tank located
in the basement or underground may be needed to draw water from the
well and store it for times of peak usage if the usage will be equal
to the production of the well.
Where should the well be located?
Three important considerations exist for locating
where your home water well will be drilled. It needs to be
- Away from sources of contamination
- Convenient to power supply and pipe installation
- Accessible for drilling rig and pump installing equipment
If possible, always locate the well at a higher elevation than any
waste water septic system or drainage system. State laws also specify
minimum acceptable distances between wells and other structures. Old
and abandoned wells should be filled and sealed by a licensed well
driller to avoid contamination of the new well.
Does well "witching" or "dowsing"
Although there is no scientific evidence
that dowsing works, it does seem that there is a possibility that
a few individuals may have a gift. However, the stories of dowsing
success are passed along through the generations and across rural
areas. Anyone can claim to be a dowser. We have drilled dry holes
at the direction of dowsers. We have also drilled in areas where
we were certain to hit water anywhere on the property and the dowser
directed the well to be drilled in a very inconvenient location.
Do some research before you invest in a dowser.
do different drillers use different types of equipment?
Our company is dedicated to providing the
best possible well on the property that you have selected. We use
a state-of-the-art air rotary system that advances the bit by injecting
water, along with compressed air, to clean the well bore and lift
the cuttings and rock chips to the surface. Periodically the rig
is stopped so that the driller can test for water. Mud rotary drillers,
however, use a bentonite clay mixture to support the sides of the
boring so that the material will not cave in the boring. The mixture
creates a cake that stabilizes the sides and it will seal off water,
making the detection of lower yields difficult. This seal will hold
water back until the well is cleaned by post-drilling development
or until it is plugged as a dry hole. When we encounter difficult
drilling conditions such as sand and gravel, we now use a DrillanDrive
system installed on our rotary rig, the first of its type in the
United States. This enables us to advance casing through unstable
materials as we drill, allowing us to continue to avoid the problems
associated with drilling using mud.
What if we don't find water?
No ground water contractor wants to drill
a "dry" hole. It is also unlikely, but when dealing with
subsurface geology, it is difficult to guarantee finding water or
to predict its quantity and quality. Therefore, most pricing includes
this as a possibility.
What are the terms for payment of my water
If your household has a low to moderate income,
you may be eligible for a special program. The Foundation for Affordable
Drinking Water is a program designed to provide water for rural America.
It has been approved to operate in both Kansas and Missouri. This
Foundation can offer low interest well financing to homeowners who
meet specific guidelines. Some of the criteria is as follows:
- Must be a homeowner living in the residence that has as its
main drinking water supply, an individual household water well
- In Missouri, total household income for a family of four cannot
exceed $34,900.00 and in Kansas, it cannot exceed $42,100.00.
- Must live in a rural city, town or unincorporated area having
a total population of under 10,000 people.
- Homeowners must submit a description of the work needed, why
it is necessary, alternative solutions and costs, and the cost
of the proposed solution.
Payment is due, in full, upon completion. Of course, cash is always
acceptable. However, if you do need to borrow money, be assured it
is money well spent. Your water system is more essential to your ability
to live in your home than any other feature. For this reason, many
individuals do not hesitate to obtain a home improvement loan. Please
remember that your financing must be complete before well drilling
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