Deepening Existing Well Vs. New Well

Water is vital for life, and it is essential to have a reliable source, whether at home, or in a business environment. Normally, people would depend on the regular water supply from the main source. However, in cases where you have an empty space on your property, you could opt to have a well. The well could help a lot when you need a reliable source of water. There are two options when dealing with a well, either deepening or drilling a new one.

Well Deepening

This is the process of re-drilling a well that already existed, and it helps to create, more space for water that springs from underground. 

Before the deepening process, the casing might also need to be extended over the ground, which makes it easier to reach the surface. In addition, any wire and piping that was present will be removed prior to the deepening process. When the wire and piping has been removed, then the drilling rig will be placed over the well, and the cleaning process will begin. Usually, the cleaning stage will be the first step, or the old well will be reamed to remove the tool at the bottom of the well. A drilling bit will then be pushed down to commence the drilling process.

Some of the situations that will call for a well deepening include the following;

A Shallow Well.

A hole which has been dug, bored, driven or drilled into the ground for the purpose of extracting water, is a well. A well is considered shallow if it is less than 50 feet deep. A shallow well has a higher rate of contamination due to natural and un-natural ground contaminates.

Low Flow Rate.

When the flow of water in the well is slow, then you might be needed to deepen it, for the sake of reaching the point that springs water with a higher pressure. • When The Well Runs Dry. Water can never dry up, under the ground. It will only dry in a well, if there was a constant use of it, but the level was not deep enough. The water underground normally comes in layers, and if the well dries up, it will be needed to be deepened or new well drilled.

Can I deepen my existing water well?

Before you can deepen your well, It is essential for your well driller to have complete information on existing well. Including, depth, pump location, feet of pipe. Because regulation was not a strict in the past, there may be no information recorded on your old well.

Benefits of Drilling a New Well

With the new well vs. existing well comparison, the new well has its advantages. Here are some of the benefits of drilling a new well;

Access to Fresh Water.

One advantage of drilling a new well is that you will enjoy a stream of fresh water from underground.


The new well is also flexible, whereby; you will be able to shift it to the desired location. Unlike the existing well, which is rigid, and will only be accessed from where it was initially drilled?


The drilling process of a new well is less complicated than the deepening of an old well. Whereby, an existing well will need extra equipments to clean it first, before the drilling process begins, but a new well will only need the drilling machine.


Because of the deepening process, talk it over with your well driller, weighing the financial advantages of deepening your existing well over a new well.


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