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Services | Drilling the New Well | New Constuction | Maintance & Facts

Fleming Well Drilling continues to service our customers even after the installation of a new well. You can count on us to remain available in helping you, the homeowner. We have the experience and know-how to keep your well flowing with safe and abundant water. Even if we did not install your water system, we can provide you with the needed repair or service. Give Bob a call, we strive to satisfy all customers, old and new.

Fleming Well Drilling can provide the following Services:

  • PVC or Steel Pipe
  • Screen (Point) Changes
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Insurance Work
  • Lightning & Storm Damage
  • Repair Frozen Lines
  • Geothermal Wells
  • Rock & Screen Wells
  • Electronic Buried Well Location
  • Monitoring Wells
  • Water Softeners
  • Iron Filters
  • Well Chlorination
  • Pressure Tanks
  • Emergency Repairs
Just Ask Us For Help
If it is water you need, Fleming will be able to help you decide.  We can explain to you what your best options will be given your well's location (water mapping), by the depth of your well (supply of water available), the diameter of your pipe (volume), and the pump currently used (power).  All these factors can explain why your well might need to be replaced, repaired, or rehabilitated.
As you can see, Fleming Well Drilling is a full service business. 
Looking for more help and information???  Try the "Trouble Shooting Page" or click here.
Well Rehabilitation
A process restoring the flow through your water well system. The situation is not always bleak when the household water well fails to produce the amount of water that it did when it was first installed. Instead of the expense of abandoning the well and installing a new one, Fleming Well Drilling can often “rehabilitate” the well and restore flows that provide enough water for all of a family’s daily needs.
Several factors are involved, including the ground formation that the well was drilled in, the construction of the well, and the problem that has caused the decreased flow.
The most common cause in plugging of holes along the well’s casing and incrustations forming on the well screens. The amount of water going through the well system will drop significantly if several holes or portions of the screens are clogged. Calcium carbonate, iron bacteria, silt, clay, and “slime,” a combination of sediment and deposits, are all common well cloggers.
Water table dropping, which has happened in several parts of the country because of droughts, can be other reasons for reduced productivity. If the water table in the area has dropped, drilling the well deeper might be the answer. Fleming Well Drilling can do tests to see if rehabilitating measures will be successful. The well will often be shut off for 24 to 48 hours to see if the static level – the level of the water table in a well when the pump is not operating – returns to or gets near the original level. If so, rehabilitation will usually work.
Fleming Well Drilling will often use a combination of these methods.  Using chemicals to dissolve the incrusting materials so they can be pumped from the well.  Cleaning the well with a brush that can be attached to a drilling rig and then used in the well.  And High pressure jetting, hydrofracturing, and well surging are procedures in which water is injected into the well at extreme pressures.
All chemicals Fleming Well Drilling will put in the well are safe for water treatment.
For iron bacteria and slime, a liquid bacteria acid is effective. For clogs with carbonate scale, sulfamic acids are used with inhibitors and modifiers. If the bacteria problem is persistent some of the more aggressive chemicals are muriatic acid and hydroxyacetic acid.
Typically the chemicals are placed in the well and agitated frequently for 24 to 72 hours, then the well is pumped with water before a water test is given to see if the well system is ready to be put back in service.
Old, Unused, Abandoning the Well.
Each parcel of land has a history as old as the dirt. Most properties have had many owners through the years causing the land to change. Old farms and establishments may have been constructed with one or more water wells, some not obvious to the current homeowner. 
The biggest problem is that old wells can be forgotten. Casings may deteriorate, rust, and new owners build over the old well site and unknowingly create a hazardous land use. Old wells located by wastes associated with stables, chicken houses, dumps, etc.,  may flow straight down to the aquifer.
Out-of-service wells of any type may pose a potential safety hazard or threat to ground water quality if not correctly maintained or abandoned. Liability issues to consider if an old well on your property is proved to be a conduit for contaminants that reach neighboring ground water.  Contaminants may reach the ground water zone of the old well and then travel on to other portions of the aquifer. If the contamination connects with another well, it could impact other aquifers and threaten operating wells and water supply sources.
Abandoned dug wells do not typically lead to contamination risk for deep aquifers, but their wide diameter, usually 3 to 5 feet, creates a physical safety hazard for construction equipment in addition to a danger to people and animals.  We have all heard in the News of young children, pets and livestock falling into these said wells. Landowners should find the location of any old or out-of-service wells.
Clues to the location of these wells include:
  • Pipes sticking out of the ground
  • Small buildings that may have been a well house
  • Depressions in the ground
  • Old concrete vaults or pits (perhaps covered by lumber or metal plates)
  • Out-of-use windmills (wind pumps) are likely to be located near an old well.
Other clues and information can be obtained from:
  • Old maps, plans, and property title documents
  • Information from neighbors
  • Additions to an old home (in the past, wells were commonly constructed in basements or under porches to keep the water pumps from freezing and to ease access in the winter.
  • Water utility history: What was the source of water for your home before utility water was available?
Once a well is determined to have no current or potential future use, the well should be sealed from the bottom up. Fleming Well Drilling has the right equipment to do this. Any pumps, pipes, related equipment, or blockage should be removed from the well so that it may be filled in and sealed properly.
Most Health Departments require the use of special sealing material, usually cement-bentonite grout or bentonite clay chips. The use of straight Portland cement is usually discouraged because cement shrinks in volume during curing, which creates very small fractures and gaps through which water may continue to penetrate.

Drilling The New Well

When you see Fleming Well Drilling come to your house you can relax as we understand your concerns for water.  Being a family owned and operated business, you're guaranteed to receive owners' attention from beginning to end.  A stranger will not be pulling up in your driveway, but the owner, Don or Bob.  We have the expertise and our company continues to stand behind our workmanship. 
"Where Bob Goes...Water Flows"
When Fleming Well Drilling arrives to construct your new well, either for new home  construction or for the established homeowner, a rotary rig will be set-up for drilling.  Don will start by drilling the borehole, which will extend down until an aquifer with an abundant water supply is reached.  Concerned homeowner can check with neighboring homes for an estimated well depth in the area.
The casing is installed next.  Most wells will need a screen, which is placed at the bottom of the borehole.

Trench is back-filled by backhoe, outside work competed!

A trench from the well across your lawn into your home's foundation will be dug.  The frost line is determined for the area at the well and the pitless adapter is connected to the well casing below the frost line. Water from the well is then diverted horizontally at the adapter to prevent it from freezing.  Pipes and electrical wiring are installed so the water supply can ultimately reach your pressure tank.
Once the well is completed, it is bailed or pumped to develop the well. Usually, after drilling the removal of the remaining fine material from the drilling process is done so that water can more readily enter the well.  Don will check the amount of water produced by the new well by completing a yield test.
Finally, a submersible pump is installed down into the casing to force the water up and into your home. After proper disinfection your new well is capped to provide sanitary protection while he finishes up with your new water well system. Don will then pump grouting between the casing and the borehole until the area is completely filled and secure. 
Your well cap has an air vent to equalize the air pressure between the inside of the casing and the atmosphere, and to release unpleasant or explosive lighter than air gases. Remember your vent pipe must be shielded and screened to prevent the entry of foreign material such as insects and small animals into the well at all times.
With the outside work completed, Don is now ready to enter into the home to install the pressure tank, hardwire the electrical box, and compete the piping.  Don's job is now done! 
Success!  He delivered the homeowner the quality water their family deserves.
Not only did Don accomplish a working well, but has now earned the appreciation of another homeowner for a job well done.  Homeowners need not be worry, because working with Fleming, has guaranteed them that for over 50 years...
Fleming Well Drilling can service their well today
We will stand behind our product tomorrow
And we will be here in the future.

Today's Demand for Water

The typical Water Well system has seen several changes from the 2" steel pipe  Bob Fleming Sr. drilled when starting his business 50 years ago.  Bob Sr. would work on a site for 3-4 days; his rig pounding as he used steel drill rods and 2" steel pipe.  Now 50 years later, Bob Jr. and Don usually complete a well in 1-2 days; using a Rotary drilling rig and 5" PVC pipe.
Many changes in our society have cause the demand for more water.  The typical family requires several functions all at once.  With busy schedules the high demand to get household chores completed at the same time, such as laundry, watering the lawn, using the dishwasher, and taking a nice pressurized shower, the gallons per minute have increased. 
The 5" PVC well is today's answer.  Water wells tend to be deeper than they were years ago; health concerns and the desire for more abundance of water.  A 5" PVC is more than twice the diameter of the out-dated 2", and when coupled with a good water supply, today's demands are being met. 
Rotary & Water Tanker servicing an established homeowner

Understanding the homeowner's concerns for 50 years.

Equipment Size: Rotary Rigs, Water Tankers, and Backhoes are large in size and weight.  Large equipment will have limitations: Maneuvering between buildings, structures and landscaped fixtures must be planned out before considering the location to drill. 
Septic fields: Homeowners should know where their septic fields are located, or other collapsible structures that may be crushed when heavy equipment is subjected over them.
Matting Available:  Special care needs to be used in the "Wet" seasons.  We take pride and use every precaution to care for your lawn/landscape.  Established homeowners may request Fleming Well Drilling to use special matting as an added precaution.  A feature we can provide at a reasonable cost.
No Water Priority:  Are you an established homeowner and your well quit working?  Don't worry as "No Water" homeowners will demand our immediate attention. 

New Construction

Building a new home, and planning for a new water Well system.
Before you build your house or drill your well, plan your water supply. Your house is worth little without an adequate supply of good quality water.  Your local government requires a well permit prior to drilling a well.  A link is provided on our home page to your local Health Division.
The actual location of your well will often be determined by factors other than geology. Land surface features such as steep slopes and poorly drained areas are considerations in the location of the well and building. Whenever possible, wells should be located at higher elevations than the surrounding areas to decrease the potential for contamination.
This location should be clear of scrubs, trees, structures and landscaping, and be free of all construction materials; large equipment is used when drilling the well.  The homeowner should make all precautions to protect the well head from being accidentally "ran over" during construction of your new home and after Fleming Well drilling has left. The well should be located and maintained so that it is accessible for cleaning, treatment, repair, testing, inspection, and other activities which may be necessary over time.
Minimal distances should be maintained from the wellhead
  • Cesspool (receiving raw sewage) - 200 ft.
  • Pit, privy, filter bed - 50 ft.
  • Septic tank, tile sewer, foundation drain - 50 ft.
  • Iron sewer with approved mechanical joints - 10 ft.
  • Pumphouse floor drain - 2 ft.
  • Property boundary - 5 ft.
  • Outer boundary of any road - 20 ft.
  • Landfill, garbage dump - 200 ft.
The Typical New Home Construction Process
  • Plot out buildings/structures
  • Obtain driveway or road access
  • Clear all areas for large equipment mobility
  • Obtain required permits with Local Health Dept.
  • Finish Rough Carpentry and clear the location for the well
  • Call Fleming Well Drilling
Water Supply, what is enough?
The type of material beneath the ground surface in your area can tell you how successful you may be in obtaining a suitable water supply from a well. Fleming Well Drilling has experience in your area and should be able to tell you what to expect.
So, what is “Enough” water ?  Sufficient quantity to meet the following needs in everyday use as in drinking, cooking, toilets, bathtubs, showers, automatic washers, dishwashers, lawn and garden watering, car washing, and swimming pools.  Today's' demands are high for water.
A day’s use may be concentrated into a period of one to two hours, often in different areas of the house at the same time (laundry, bathroom, and lawn). The water supply system must be able to meet this type of peak demand. A conservative estimate is that a home will need about 150-300 gallons per day for two to four people to meet all these needs.
When determining how much is enough:
Flow rate: continuous rate of yield for well
Size of the well
: diameter and depth of well

Static level
: level at which water stands in a well when no water is being pumped from the well

Additional Issues
If you are thinking about purchasing a property in an area where adequate water supply is in question, then an option on the property is better, with permission to have a well constructed first. If problems arise, the cost to repair them is less if you construct the well first, because only the cost of the well is involved. Also, if a second well must be drilled, there is more likely sufficient space on the property if the house is not already there.
In addition to providing for regular household use, wells sometimes supply water for heating and cooling purposes. Some energy-conscious homeowners install ground water geothermal systems, which extract and concentrate heat energy from water and make it available for heating or cooling purposes. Ground water below 20 feet from the surface remains at a constant temperature. The temperature of well water is equal to the average air temperature of the area.
Other purposes for new well construction could be for livestock, agriculture, ponds, and outhouse buildings.

Maintenance & Facts

Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Your well cap seal should keep out insects and rodents. Make sure that it is sealed tightly, and look for cracks and evidence of damage. If your well cap has a lock, check to see if the lock has been tampered with. If your well in accidentally jolted, ruptured, or moved in any way, call us immediately and discontinue drinking.
A properly sealed well cap protects against all types of contamination. It is the first line of protection against surface water pollution, that constitutes the majority of ground water contamination. Surface water pollution includes runoff of pesticides and herbicides, soil erosion, and elements from the street that enter through your well cap.
Well caps keep out insects such as earwigs, which prefer a dark, damp environment to nest. Insects and small animals can cause major problems in a well. Bacteria levels can rise from their droppings, and sometimes themselves can get trapped in the wells, die, and decompose in the well water.
Surface water can encounter many types of pollutants and transport them. These are not always easily detected by taste or smell. A properly sealed well cap is a safeguard in preventing those contaminants from penetrating the household water supply.
Having your well tested is the surest way to determine that the water is safe. Even if your well cap fits tightly on your well and your water tastes fine, the water well system should be given a checkup every year.
Practice safe water habits. Do not landscape around the well cap. If you landscape your yard, make sure there is not a low area near the well where rain water could collect. Rain water can carry pollutants that can seep into a well. And when working with oil and gasoline, or mixing herbicides or pesticides, do so over concrete so spills can’t seep into the ground.

Water Facts

Annual Costs of water use in the average home  Prices vary greatly around the U. S. and Canada, typical cost is about $2 for 1,000 gallons, approximately 5 gallons of tap water for a penny.
The average total home water use for each person in the U.S. is about 50 gallons a day.  The average residence uses 107,000 gallons during a year.  National average cost per day is 25 cents.
47% of the U. S. depend on ground water for their basic drinking water supply.
Supply of Water There are over 283,000 public supply wells in the United States. These are wells for public distribution systems. There are over 17 million individual households served by private wells. Approximately 800,000 boreholes are drilled annually. The construction of these vitally needed water supply systems involves the use of more than 19,000 drilling rigs by an estimated 8,000 ground water contracting firms.
Water Well Market in the World
United States - 17 million wells
India - 12.3 million
China - 3.4 million

Germany - 500,000

South Africa - 500,000

Taiwan - 37,100

Mongolia - 27,000

Botswana - 7,500

Costa Rica - 5,000

Private household wells constitute the largest share of all water wells in the U.S. 
Michigan - 1,121,075 households
Pennsylvania - 978,202 households
North Carolina - 912,113
New York - 824,342
Florida - 794,557

Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. 2 Hydrogen + 1 Oxygen = H2O.
Water expands by 9% when it freezes. Frozen water (ice) is lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water.  One gallon of water weigh 8.34 pounds.
There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when it was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.  The earth’s surface is 80% water.
Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or undrinkable, 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Leaving us only 1% for all of humanity’s needs for all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs.
Water regulates the Earth’s temperature and regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes. 
Human reliance on water.  A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.  A must person consume 2.5 quarts per day to maintain health from all sources (i.e., water, food). People usually use 2-7 gallons of water to flush a toilet, 25-50 gallons water is used in the average five-minute shower, and 2 gallons water is used to brush your teeth.
Approximately one million miles of pipeline and aqueducts are in the US and Canada or enough to circle the earth 40 times
Washing dishes. The average for an automatic dishwasher 9-12 gallons, 20 gallons water is used to hand wash dishes.