Pitfalls Of Well Drilling When Buying Rural Property In Haywood County

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Living out on rural property keeps you away from the hustle and bustle of city and even suburban life. You can live comfortably on your property with privacy. One of the things that comes with living in a rural area is having a well. Your home and family need to get the water they need. If your property doesn’t have a well, you need to drill your own. What pitfalls can you avoid to ensure that your well drilling goes smoothly? Some of them include lack of water availability, water quality concerns, regulatory compliance, hidden costs of well installation, and impact on property resale value. 

Pitfall 1: Lack Of Water Availability

One of the biggest pitfalls you can run into is a lack of water availability. This can be caused by a few things but the two most common are insufficient water table depth and over-extraction of water. A water table is the boundary between two zones in the ground: the zone of aeration (located above the water table), and the zone of saturation (found below the water table). When it rains, water seeps down into the ground due to gravity and it percolates through the gaps or openings in soil and rock. As a result, water then accumulates and fills up the lower portion, which is called the zone of saturation. Variations in precipitation cause the water table level to fluctuate; as more water is added to the saturation zone, the water table moves closer to the ground surface. 

If your water table is too low in the ground you can’t use that as your water source. It might already be depleted or it doesn’t get enough water to be used. Since shallow wells penetrate into aquifers that are near the ground surface, they can become contaminated by barnyards, pastures, sewers, chemicals, or septic tank systems. Both rainfall and surface water runoff can carry pollutants down into shallow aquifers and well water.

As water is used or depleted from the saturation zone, the water table moves further from the surface. When you over-extract water from the water table it can result in depletion and no longer be at the surface. Excessive pumping doesn’t just use up the groundwater source; it also speeds up the corrosion, build-up, and biological growth issues. Moreover, it accelerates the movement of sediment towards the well, leading to blockages in the part where water enters.

Pitfall 2: Water Quality Concerns 

You need your water to be safe in order to drink and use it for day-to-day tasks like dishes and laundry. When you use a well there are a few water risks you can run into. Water run-off from rainfall or snowmelt can contaminate private wells by washing microorganisms into the well system or seeping underground. Leakage of waste from underground storage tanks and effluent from septic leach fields can reach a water source and result in microorganisms being present in water wells. There are also agricultural contaminants that can harm your water quality such as pesticides, animal waste, and nitrogen. Another containment you can get is in minerals such as arsenic and radon. 

Pitfall 3: Regulatory Compliance & Permits 

Before doing any kind of construction on your property, you need to know the local compliance and the permits you need. This is the same for well drilling on your property. The state of North requires counties to have programs for permitting, inspecting, and testing private drinking water wells, which are constructed, repaired, or abandoned, on or after July 1, 2008. As a result, county health departments enforce state statutes and rules and receive technical and legal assistance from the Environmental Health Section. The program is designed to protect human health and groundwater quality by ensuring private drinking water wells are properly constructed, repaired, and abandoned. Additionally, obtaining a permit to construct or repair a well is required by the state of North Carolina. 

Pitfall 4: Hidden Costs of Well Installation 

With most things that involve construction, there are plenty of things that can go wrong and cost you a lot of money. On average, drilling a water well costs $3,500–$15,000, depending on several geological and technological factors. not every geological setting is suitable for drilling. The geological conditions at a drilling site can vary significantly, whether it’s a gradual change across a large area or a rapid shift on a small drill pad. The materials encountered during drilling may transition from soft to hard, loose to solid, or dry to wet. Each variation presents distinct challenges that require expertise, experience, and the right choice of equipment to overcome. The presence of underground faults can further complicate the situation, leading to abrupt changes in geology over short distances. Once your well is installed, you also have to pay for the maintenance and potential repairs. Maintenance costs are around $300-$500. The average cost to repair a well pump is $350 to $1,539, depending on the extent of the damage. 

Pitfall 5: Impact On Property Resale Value 

The impact of well-related issues on property resale value is multifaceted, influencing both the perception of the property and its market appeal. Firstly, the disclosure of any problems related to the well, such as water quality issues or maintenance challenges, can significantly affect how the property is perceived by potential buyers. Transparency about these issues is crucial, as it builds trust and sets realistic expectations for the buyers. Secondly, the overall effect on potential buyers is substantial. Concerns about well-related problems may lead to hesitancy or a decrease in perceived value, potentially resulting in longer listing times or lower offers. Prospective buyers often prioritize a reliable and clean water source, and any uncertainty regarding the well’s performance can cast doubt on the property’s desirability. Therefore, addressing and mitigating well-related issues becomes pivotal in maintaining and enhancing the resale value of rural properties.

Conclusion: Hire The Experts To Avoid These Pitfalls 

There are many pitfalls you can come across when it comes to well drilling. How do you avoid these pitfalls? Hiring the right experts for the job from Price Well & Pump. Our team comes out and inspects your property to ensure your water table is at the correct depth to serve as your water source. We also make sure to answer any questions about water depletion and how to avoid it. Our experts will also test your water quality to ensure that it is safe to use. We work with you to make sure that you have all the compliance and permits you need to begin well drilling. At Price Well & Pump, we believe in being upfront about any extra costs. We are transparent about any issues and what the cost will be. Lastly, we can help you understand how drilling a well can impact your property value. Price Well & Pump can help you avoid those pitfalls and provide you with the best customer service. If you need your well drilled, contact us today! 

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