Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Widening Your Existing Well: The Why and How

Construction & Contractors Blog

Most of the time, you drill a well and then you leave it be because it sufficiently provides water for your home. However, if you are having problems with your current well, then you might want to widen your existing well. Here is what you can expect from this process and why you might choose to have the well widened.

Why You Might Expand Your Well's Walls

When the walls of a well are shifting, cracking or damaged, it may be a good idea just to pull out the old cement and start fresh with newly-sculpted walls. It also helps to widen a well to accommodate larger persons for repairs and testing. A wider well can also provide easier access for the installation of new well pumps and new wiring. Additionally, redrilling an old well might create better water flow and increased water supply when an antechamber of water is tapped during the drilling.

The Cement Walls Are Removed

The first step in widening an existing well that has cement/concrete sides is to remove as much of the walls as possible. The contractor may use special rotary cutting tools that slice through the current walls and help move chunks up and out of the well. This also prevents bits of concrete and concrete dust from dropping into your water source. This step has to be done in order for the well drilling contractor to use another drill that shears away some of the earth from the walls of your well.

Removing Soil from the Well's Walls

Next, your contractor will begin to grind and shear inches of soil away from the walls of the well. He or she will attempt to do so in a way that prevents the tainting of the well and lifts the soil up out of the access hole of the well. This dirt is loaded onto a dump truck and hauled away.

Relining and Repouring the New Cement Walls

A new layer of concrete is added to the well's newly-expanded wall(s) to prevent contamination of your well through the soil. Usually, the contractor will use a concrete spraying tool to create thin layers of concrete over a metal mesh grid that has been inserted and built into the soil walls. This is a very long process because the contractor and his/her crew have to work small sections at a time, in the round, and work his/her way down at the same time. The person or persons who work on the walls (usually one at a time unless your well has been widened enough to accommodate two people) have to be lowered by a type of grappling system or winch until metal ladder rungs have been installed and are firmly planted in the well wall.

To talk to a professional about widening your well, contact J. A. Schwall Well & Pump Service Inc.

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4 July 2016