I wanted to give a update on the well drilling success on my 40 acre lots in Winnemucca, Nevada.
The Frey’s were the first of my clients that have gone through this process.
Here is a excerpt of a email from the Frey’s talking about their well.
Hi, my name is Sherry Frey and we bought property outside of Winnemucca Nevada. When my husband, Phil, and I were getting ready to retire, we knew we wanted to be in the West and we wanted to be off the grid. We found this property through Robert Pratt and when it was time, we moved to Nevada. We found that you have to have a licensed well driller to drill a well. The well driller takes care of permits or any other documentation needed. We talked to several well drillers in town to determine who we could use and decided on LBJ Well Drillers (775) 623-2243. I used copper divining rods to find a spot for the well. When the well drillers came out they did the same and ended up in the same spot. Well things don’t always go as planned, they were using our backhoe and one of the hydraulic lines broke which meant a trip to town, so the next day they actually got started drilling and within maybe four hours water came rushing out. You can’t imagine how excited we were to see that water. You see, we have been hauling water for the past 3 years. We have a big 250 gallon tank that we would fill with water for the horses, and Phil would fill 7 gallon jugs and pour into our camper. So when the water came in cold and clear and pumping at 200 gallons a minute, we were ecstatic.
What a great success story for the Frey’s and that region. Here is a link to the Frey’s blog, http://sherryfrey-desertlife.blogspot.com. I am told that a few other wells are going to be done now. I can’t wait to hear the results on those.
When choosing your well drilling needs, ask yourself these simple questions:
1. Does the well driller have the proper licenses to construct wells in your area? Are they properly insured?
2. What kind of reputation have they built? Ask around – if you are having a well drilled in the country, there are likely other neighbors who have had wells drilled too – most of them will be happy to tell you about their experiences with a well driller (good or bad). Don’t rely on just one opinion – the more people you ask, the more you will know and the better you will feel about your decision.
3. Is the driller competitively priced? Don’t hire a well driller solely based on the fact that they gave you the cheapest estimate. Try your best to compare Apples to Apples. If you have several estimates that appear to be similar in the quantities used and quality of components, ask yourself why one contractor is 20% lower than the rest. Drillers who don’t value their work are less likely to value the quality of the work that they do for you. Besides, it is in your best interest to hire a contractor who will be around if you have a problem or are in need of service. There is a big difference between being “competitive” and being “cheap”.
4. Talk to the well driller contractor that you are leaning towards hiring. Ask them questions about the type of well they are proposing to drill and the type of pump system they would install. Are there alternative options that may cost slightly more now but would better serve your needs or would make your system last longer? Even if there aren’t better options, you’ll likely either develop a good relationship with the driller and feel good about hiring them or you may find that you are glad that you didn’t hire them. Most areas of the Country are served by good people who are also good well drillers – it is your job to make sure that you find that person in your area.
5. Make sure you know what the well driller expects from you – are you going to need to clear trees, level a drilling site, pay a percentage down prior to starting, pay exactly when the job is done? In many areas of the country, a well costs more than a vehicle (and in most cases – it should) – make sure you are able to meet your drillers expectations by asking the right questions.
6. Can the driller meet your expectations? Can they drill the well where you want and when you want? Ask the right questions now so you don’t have problems down the road.
7. When making your final decision – think long-term. Ideally, your well will last longer than your cabinets, carpeting and windows. You’ll never regret putting more money towards upgrading your source of water instead of putting it towards superficial items in your house.
Let me know your thoughts.