How to seal and unused water well

How to Seal an Unused Well

When it comes to well drilling, Applied Resource Management offers both commercial and residential services, which includes many different things, depending on the client’s needs.

One of our services is helping our clients deal with wells they no longer want or need. If you no longer need your well, it’s not as simple as walking away. In order provide long-term protection to the surrounding environment, a well cannot be just filled with cement. Instead, it must be professionally sealed and abandoned.

The Danger of an Abandoned Well

An unused well poses a great threat to groundwater. It provides a direct route for pollutants to reach the underground water supply, and the only way to halt this flow is to properly seal the well. There are also other dangers associated with an unused well—children and small animals could fall into it, accidents can occur when lawn equipment or cars are driven over it, and there can be legal issues at stake if it’s found that your well has contaminated the quality of your neighborhood’s water.

To ensure that your well is sealed properly and effectively, it’s wise to hire a licensed groundwater professional to get the job done, such as the ones who work at Applied Resource Management.

How to Seal a Well

There are many steps to properly sealing a well, and each project will vary slightly based on the unique situation. Below are the basic steps that we take when approaching a project of this kind, which should give you an idea of the complexity of the process.

  1. We begin by contacting the local health department to obtain a water well abandonment permit. We then complete the permit, which includes a description of our methods and the materials and equipment we plan to use. The permit is then submitted to the local health department for approval.
  2. Once the permit has been approved, we can begin the sealing process. The first step is to remove all material from the water well, such as the pump, pipe, pump cylinder, and electric cable.
  3. Next, we measure the depth and diameter of the well and the static water level, which is the distance from the soil surface to the level of non-pumping water in the well. We also check to see if there are any foreign materials at the bottom of the well. If so, we try to remove these before we begin sealing.
  4. Once the well is clean and empty, we disinfect the well, following the guidelines laid out in the North Carolina Well Construction Act and as outlined in the permit that was submitted to and approved by the local health department.
  5. Our last step is to complete a Well Abandonment Record that outlines the work completed, which we submit to the local health department and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. This is the record for your well’s successful sealing, and proves that you—and Applied Resource Management—has completed the process in a safe and legal manner.

We hope this article sheds some light on the process of abandoning a well. If you have an unused well on your property and want to seal it, contact Applied Resource Management today. Together, we’ll make sure the job is “well” done.

Benefits of geothermal energy

Case Study: A Geothermal Energy Bill 

If you’re an energy-conscious homeowner, you’re probably at least interested in geothermal energy. That’s because a groundwater geothermal system uses the constant temperature of the ground to heat and cool the home. It’s good for the environment and cheaper in the long run, making it an excellent choice for many families and homes.

We know what you’re thinking. “Sure, Applied Resource Management says that geothermal energy is better for my home. But can they prove it?” Today, we’re going to do exactly that with the help of a case study.

A Geothermal Home in Hampstead, NC

To prove our point, we’ll use the example of a project we completed a few years ago in Hampstead, NC. This home is located in coastal North Carolina, where summer temps are sweltering and winters tend to be fairly mild. At 3,500 square feet, this single home is considered large by most standards. It includes four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a breakfast nook, and a large, open kitchen.

Shortly after moving into the house, the homeowners realized that their previous system for heating and cooling—a forced air furnace and hot water tank—was very expensive. Not only that, they also had to constantly adjust the temperature manually, as it was difficult to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the house. Too often, the lower floors—especially the kitchen—would be uncomfortably hot, while the upstairs bedrooms were cool and drafty.

Trying Something New

The homeowners had read about geothermal energy and were interested in it. Now that they owned a home that needed a change, it seemed like the perfect time to try this system out for themselves. They were drawn to geothermal for environmental reasons, but they were excited about the prospect of bringing down their monthly energy bill as well. They knew a project of this scale required the skill and expertise of an experienced environmental company, and contacted Applied Resource Management to get the job done.

The Results

ARM completed installation a few years ago, and in that time the homeowners have enjoyed and appreciated the changes to their home. Temperature is now consistent throughout the home and no one has to adjust the thermostat in order to feel comfortable. They are happy to know their decision is better for the environment and the land their home stands on. And—best of all—their energy bill is much lower than it was previously. For this 3,500 square foot home, their electric bill is an average of $118 per month, saving them hundreds of dollars now, and thousands of dollars in the future.

If you’d like to enjoy these benefits in your own home, contact Applied Resource Management and learn more about what we can do for you.