-Do I need a permit to have my well drilled?
Possibly. There are some counties in Wisconsin that require a permit. For example, Dane County requires a permit before drilling a well. When you select Sam's, we will apply for the permit(s) needed depending on the well location. We will need the location of the well, septic tank, drainage field, or sewer main and lateral, the legal description, property owners name and current mailing address to go forward. We can help you obtain this information if you don't already have it, and even have someone come and take a look at your property if need be. Sam's is also experienced in applying for high capacity permits and various types of variances as applicable.
-How far in advance should I schedule to have my well drilled?
Typically, we like to put you on the list as soon as possible. If you are in need of a replacement well, we will try to schedule you as a priority. If you are building a home, you can notify us for scheduling once the basement is in and backfilled. Following these guidelines will assure that your well is drilled in a timely manner.
-How long does it take to drill a well?
Most private wells are drilled in less than one day, depending on the depth, rock formation, and providing there are no unforeseen events.
-What should I do if I have a well on my property that isn't being used?
Unused wells can be a safety hazard and can act as a conduit for groundwater contamination. They should be properly abandoned following code requirements. Typically, cement or bentonite chips are used to seal the well. A Well Abandonment Report form must be completed and sent to the DNR once the well is properly abandoned. If you have further questions about abandoning an old well, give Sam's a call.
-Can you drill in the winter?
Yes. Sam's has the equipment to drill year round. If you are involved in new construction being built during the winter, we recommend laying straw over the area where the water line will enter the house, especially when temperatures drop below freezing.
-I have a brand new well. I can go ahead and start using it now, right?
Although the well is working, and water comes out of it, the water may not be entirely safe. Before you drink any water from a new well, you should have the water tested for contaminants.