As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If you're shopping for a parcel of land and one of the options you're looking for doesn't have enough wells on it, deciding whether you'll need to have a well or two put in should be one of the first orders of business. Depending on what you're planning to do with the land and how much municipal water is available, the land could be practically worthless if it's unable to support a good well or two. Here are three ways to start finding out more about the underground water supplies in the area so you can be sure you're getting the best deal for your money.
1. Find nearby wells
If there's already a well on the property, stats about how much water it produces and how good the water is can help you calculate how many similar wells you would need to sink to meet your water requirements. And if there are no wells nearby, scout around the neighborhood until you find some existing wells and have a chat with their owners about their history and statistics.
2. Research the area
Finding any geological experts, surveyors, or local well drillers and asking for their advice is well worth the time and trouble, even if you have to pay them for their time. Local well drillers, such as J. A. Schwall Well & Pump Service Inc, can tell you about their experiences with wells in similar situations as the ones you're considering, and geological experts can tell you about the soil composition, water table variation in the area, and so on. Both types of experts can probably give you tips on whether wells in the area are likely to need water treatments (such as hard water treatments or treatment for arsenic or salt) and on how fast the type of ground you're planning to drill in will produce water.
3. Sink a well
If you're unable to find as much information on the area and get advice from as many local experts as you'd planned or if you're just uncomfortable with taking the calculated risk of buying the land without an adequate supply of wells drilled already (especially if there are no wells on the property or anywhere close enough that your well is likely to be similar), you may be able to negotiate a deal that allows you to promise to buy the land only if the well you drill turns out to be any good. This is less risky because it allows you to end up buying a piece of land that has a well on it or, if things don't go so well, to avoid buying a piece of land that may now be worthless for your purposes.
These three tips can help you make sure that you don't risk losing hundreds of thousands of dollars on a piece of property only to find that it can't be used for its intended purpose due to a lack of water supply.Share
9 December 2016