Well rehabilitation is the process to restore a well from deterioration, abandonment, or decommission to full functionality. A well is deteriorating when regular maintenance work no longer suffices and the well is drawing only 25% or less of its original output. If a well was abandoned or decommissioned, then it goes without saying that the well will fit the deteriorated status. It is important to note that a decommissioned is often difficult to rehabilitate and it might make more financial sense to build a new well.
How Do You Determine if Rehabilitation is Possible?
The licensed technicians at Accurate Drilling are trained to determine whether rehabilitation is an option for your well. Although there multiple approaches in determining whether rehabilitation will be an option, typically the following steps will be undertaken:
- If the well is still in operation, the technician will shut off the pump for 24 to 48 hours to see if water levels return or remain at a specific level for use. If it does, then the well is a good candidate for rehabilitation.
- The technician will also check the structural integrity of the well to make sure it will be able to withstand the rehabilitation process.
- The technician might send a camera down the well shaft to determine if there are any latent deficiencies not easily seen from the surface.
What Does It Do?
The purpose of well rehabilitation is to get the well working in peak condition. The goals of well rehabilitation are to do the following:
- Remove any deposits or obstructions in the well.
- Obtain better penetration into the aquifer or reservoir.
- Utilize chemicals to find a proper balance in water quality.
- Determine what caused severe deterioration and remedy the problem designed specifically for the well.
Rehabilitation Vs. A New Well
There is no clear answer to this. Many variables go into determining whether rehabilitation is even possible. Each variable is unique to the specific well and location. Our goal at Accurate Drilling is to give you the best professional advice possible. You as the homeowner should do your due diligence and get as many second opinions as you need. At the end of the day, our goal is to provide you with the best service at a reasonable price.