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What You Need to Know Before you Drill a Well in Kansas

Summary: Planning a new well for your Kansas home? Here’s what you need to know before you start drilling.

Looking to invest in a new well? It may seem like a costly procedure, but there are some important steps you need to take before you start drilling—otherwise your endeavor could become a lot more costly or even dangerous.

Know what you’re getting yourself into

The first step is information acquisition. You don’t want to just start drilling willy-nilly (or should I say, drilly-nilly). There are a few obvious reasons for why this is the case. One, you need to know that there is a good enough supply of water to sustain the demands of your well in the location in which you drill. The last thing you want is to have to drill multiple wells before you find the water supply you need—no one wants their yard to look like whack-a-mole gone wild. Also, no one wants to go through all the effort and expense of drilling and installing a well only to have it supply too little water for your home or business’ needs during peak drought season.

The second reason is that you don’t want to drill into something that isn’t water. For instance, you don’t want to make Old Faithful out of an old sewage line, and you definitely don’t want to nick old gas lines or underground electrical wires either. In other words, you don’t want to drill into anything that could cause harm to you or the team that is drilling.

You also need to know what you are drilling into so you can determine the quality of the water source. That means knowing enough about the area you are drilling into to avoid forming a well around contaminated water.

How does water get contaminated?

There are a number of different ways for wells to become contaminated. First, there is the proximity to roads and driveways where oil and gasoline spills have built up over time. You also need to watch your proximity to greenhouses, gardens, farmers’ fields, etc., where fertilizer runoff could have leached into the soil to contaminate the water below. That requires attentiveness to current proximities as well as historical: you don’t want to find an old buried oil drum or an abandoned oil well while you are drilling. However, it also means paying attention to geology. There are some minerals that are found naturally in certain areas that can leave you with a problematic water source. Some minerals can have health impacts, but some simply taste bad, or pose a nuisance by deteriorating plumbing and appliances.

How can you avoid these commonly-made drilling mistakes?

Call a water finding company before you drill your well in Kansas. A proper water surveying company, like American Water Surveyors, will not only survey to ensure that you are about to drill into the best water supply on your property, but it will also consider historical and geological information to ensure that your well supplies you with water that won’t negatively affect the health of you, your wallet, and your plumbing. Contact us today to learn more.

April 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm Comments (0)

Top Mistakes When Drilling a Well in Texas

Summary: There are many common mistakes people make when drilling for a well in Texas. Here’s a few, and how to avoid them.

Drilling for well water is now an ancient tradition, one that people have been doing in some form or another for centuries. But today, well drilling is taking full advantage of recent technology to make the job easier, faster and cheaper. Despite this technology, people are still committing common mistakes that end up costing them time and money. Here are some of those mistakes, how you can avoid them, and how you can get a well faster and for much less money.

  1. Digging First

Ground water, it should be known, does not exist evenly underneath the earth’s surface. In fact, it exists in very specific places, which makes it very difficult to find. Most people’s first mistake is trying to find that water using exploratory drilling rather than relying on the latest technology used by water surveyors. Exploratory drilling is less precise and can lead to unsightly holes all over your property. It can also be much slower and, as a result, end up costing more money.

  1. Doing it Yourself

Do-it-yourself well drilling is something many people attempt to do and then quickly realize that they are out of their depth. It is the drilling equivalent to the fact that plumbers are busiest on Mondays: someone thinks they know what they’re doing, spends a couple of days making it worse, and eventually their partner calls a professional when they head to work.

Drilling for wells is complicated business but finding the right well spot is as well, which is why you need experts at every step along the journey. Many common well drilling mistakes are around the well itself after it is dug: people interfering with it or putting things too close to it that can disrupt the water supply. Without a reliable source of clean water, many of these mistakes will only be made worse, which is why everyone needs to start with a company that specializes in locating groundwater.

  1. Hiring Drillers and Not Surveyors

Well drilling seems, on the surface, to be a single company’s job, and those people are the well drillers. They, after all, are the ones who dig the well, set it up, and ensure that it’s in working order. But finding the right spot to drill for water is the job of separate professionals: the water surveyors.

American Water Surveyors uses the latest in seismoelectric surveying equipment to locate the best water sources hidden beneath the earth’s surface. By using this technology, water surveyors can point drillers to the right spots, leading to less exploratory drilling more better wells. American Water Surveyors has completed over 640 groundwater surveys in 22 states across the country using this technology, and have connected residents and businesses to consistent, high-quality water sources in all kinds of landscapes and terrain. If you are looking for a reliable well or live outside of your municipal water supply service area, be sure to contact American Water Surveyors. We will help find reliable water sources and cut the costs of drilling a well.

April 21, 2018 at 9:52 am Comments (0)

Our Expertise: What Makes American Water Surveyors the Best Water Finding Company

Summary: Our expertise is what makes American Water Surveyors the best water finding company in the United States. Find out why we are the experts.

To succeed today, companies and businesses must stand out, and this includes us – American Water Surveyors. With the Internet it’s easy to find anything you want. Companies with the best website and Google juice come up first in Google searches. But, this doesn’t mean they’re the best at what they do.

So how do you find the best of the best when you want to find water before you dig? There are three tips we’ll look at below. Drilling wells is an expensive and risky business. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and not find underground water. Therefore, it makes sense that you need to hire the best water finding company.

3 Tips for Finding the Best Water Finding Company

  1. Experience: Never work with a water finding contractor who hasn’t in surveyed in multiple states with at least 10 years of experience.  A company longevity and multi-state experience has seen about every condition possible. You know they are prepared for any type of conditions or situation.
  2. Reputation: Ask around to find out who has used the water finding company’s services before.   It should be easy to find out, especially if you’re in an industry that uses them often. If you don’t know anyone personally, you can do a Google search yourself and research the water finding company.
  3. Customer Service: Find out what the customer service department is like. Is the water finding company known for finding water in a timely manner and addressing any customer concerns?

The Main Benefit of Hiring American Water Surveyors to find Water. We have technology to see beneath the ground. Our process is low cost and non-intrusive aquifer quality mapping. We use this technology to survey locations so we can make sure that drilling costs aren’t wasted.

The main benefit to aquifer quality mapping is that we can reduce drilling costs by knowing how deep to drill.

As experts in finding water, we use state-of-the art technology so we can get a clear view of what’s under the ground. Additionally, all our processes to find water are environmentally friendly.

The high-tech equipment American Water Surveyors uses detects several things regarding groundwater near a potential well water site. Our water finding equipment is used to see if there is water in the proposed well site, how much water there is, and measure the water’s flow.

The best water finding companies have experience, together with reliable technology and equipment. We believe our expertise is what makes American Water Surveyors the best water finding company.

If you need to find water so you know where to build your well, call American Water Surveyors at 1 (877) 734-7661. We are a premier service provider in the water finding industry – for more information you can go to our website.

March 18, 2018 at 7:18 pm Comments (0)

How Not to Run Out of Water

Summary: As the world is seeing with the Cape Town water crisis, water is a finite resource and when faced with a lack of it, chaos ensues. Here are ways for you to protect your water supply, and minimize the chances of suddenly being without a clean source of drinking water.

Water is one of our most important resources. It only takes a few hours of your water being shut off to discover how much you need it for almost every aspect of your life. Water for cooking, for waste disposal, for cleaning and for drinking needs to be available at all times, which is why you always need a steady supply. Following are the most common ways people get water, and tips on how you can ensure that your water supply remains consistent.

  1. Get Hooked Up to the Municipal Supply

This is probably the easiest and hardest option simultaneously. Whether it’s a phone call or simply impossible depends entirely on where you live. Too far from the nearest infrastructure and you could spend thousands or more on building what you need to connect to the water supply. On the other hand, newer developments and land that have been recently developed can be connected to municipal water supplies much more easily. This often still costs a fair amount of money if it wasn’t done before you moved into your new property. Either way, you will need to contact your local municipality to discuss your options.

  1. Dig a Well

If connecting to the municipal water supply is simply impossible, then you will have to find your own water in the form of a well. This option is often far more cost-effective than building the infrastructure to connect to a municipality, and far less than you may think to set up. The key to digging a well that offers a clean, consistent, long-lasting water supply is in how you find that water. Contacting an experienced and technologically advanced water surveying company is your best bet. Armed with the latest in water-finding technology, a water surveyor can detect water supplies located under the earth’s surface. A water finder can even estimate how likely the water found underground will be a good well water supply.

  1. Always Have a Back-Up Plan

No matter your source of water, whether it is a well or a municipal supply, it is always important that you have a backup plan. Since most people who rely on alternative water sources live in fairly remote areas, they need to ensure that a system is in place in case something goes wrong with their usual supply of water. This can be a water trucking company who comes to your house, an elaborate filtration and rainfall collection system or, if you have a system in place, a backup well for emergencies. No matter the system you use now, always make sure that there is a plan in place for if it fails.

Contact American Water Surveyors before you call the water well drillers to ensure you know where water is on your land. Drillers charge by the foot, even for dry wells. Knowing the location, depth and yield of your water supply before the drillers arrives saves you time and money.

March 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm Comments (0)

Water drilling in Kansas – Why you Need a Water Finding Company First

Summary: Here’s why you need to find a water finding company before you start drilling for water in Kansas.

When you are planning to drill a well anywhere, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and actually locate the water before you start drilling for it. It’s a step that, while it may seem like a needless additional cost, can actually save you a good chunk of money—and it can save your yard from looking like you just played the most serious game of whack-a-mole in your life.

How much can you save?

While the cost of drilling your well depends on a number of variables, on average, the cost of drilling a well usually falls between $4,000 and $7,000. That covers materials, machinery, other equipment, and the cost of the pump system. It’s a hefty enough expense, but those costs aren’t static. The cost can be influenced by the characteristics of your property, and they can also be driven up—by a lot—if you have to keep drilling and re-drilling to locate your water source. Further, if you locate a water source that simply isn’t deep enough for your needs, you can find yourself having to endure the process and costs all over again. Using a water finding company the first time around can save you a lot of money—and stress.

But money isn’t everything

The added cost is a pretty significant point, but it isn’t the only risk you are taking if you drill a well without using a water finding company to locate the best possible source of water first. In order for your well to be safe from any possibly leaching of contaminants, its proximity to potential contamination points, like your septic tank, an old septic tank you may not even be aware of, gardens and fertilized fields, neighboring landfills (current or repurposed), and roadways, needs to be factored in.

Kansas has its own region-specific risks and challenges, too.

A water finding company knows how to survey for pre-existing property features that may present a risk to your water quality after you drill and set up your well; however, a water finding company in Kansas will also be able to help you avoid potential geological hazards that are specific to Kansas’s geological landscape.

Kansas is known for some unique geological features—like the chalk monoliths, mineral deposits and old mining sites, and even fossil sites. While these features make Kansas an amazing place to live, they also point to some risk potential when it comes to attempting to blindly drill a well. An experienced water finding company will survey your area and familiarize itself with the geological features of your region, and that can prevent you from attempting to drill a well in an area whose geological features could negatively impact the functionality or healthiness of the well. For instance, a water finding company can ensure you are not attempting to drill a well in an area of the Smoky Hill Chalk Member, which is highly susceptible to erosion. A water finding company can also survey for other geological hazards, like proximity to abandoned mines, or to mineral deposits (like lead) that could negatively impact your water quality—and your safety. And, of course, the can survey to ensure your water drilling project won’t end up unearthing the next great paleontological find.

For more information about the benefits of hiring an experienced water finding company before you start drilling the well for your Kansas home, contact us at American Water Surveyors today.

February 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm Comments (0)

Everything You Wanted to Know About Groundwater (and How to Find It)

Summary: Here’s what you need to know before drilling a groundwater well.

Groundwater is the water that lives just below the surface of the Earth, in spaces between rock formations, and in the soil, sand and rocks that make up the ground in most areas. Unlike surface water, which tends to live in large, uninterrupted bodies such as lakes, rivers and streams, most groundwater exists in small pockets which may not be usable on their own, but when combined together, account for a great deal of our water supply. The notable exceptions are springs and aquifers, which are large openings that accommodate quantities of groundwater.

Though groundwater isn’t very visible, it’s very useful. Groundwater wells are a great water source for homes not connected to municipal water supply. Before digging your groundwater well, here are a few basic facts you should know.

Groundwater and Surface Water are not Mutually Exclusive

Much of the water you see in surface bodies of water, like lakes, rivers and streams, actually comes from groundwater. As rainwater seeps into the rocks and soils and becomes part of the groundwater supply, it continues to move, and will often reach the bed of bodies of surface water, and may get mixed into the flow. It’s important to remember that the relationship between the two exists, as whatever happens to surface water can affect groundwater and vice versa. Maintaining a clean, healthy, unpolluted water supply means exercising caution with both types of water, as eventually, both will likely end up in your drinking water.

Groundwater is an Abundant Resource, but Takes Time to Replenish

Good news if you’re planning on drilling a groundwater well—groundwater makes up the bulk of the water supply in most places. In fact, the volume of surface water in the United States is completely dwarfed by the volume of water that exists just under the surface.

However, groundwater supplies also take longer to replenish. While surface water supplies like lakes and rivers are easily replenished during a major rainfall, catching every drop that comes toward them, water has a longer journey to get the groundwater level. It’s important to consider the sustainability of groundwater in any given location before drilling a well, to ensure it will supply you for years to come.

Finding Groundwater for Your Well

Groundwater wells are built by drilling deep enough into the ground to access an aquifer, a porous rock formation or fracture where an abundance of groundwater has pooled, providing a sustainable source of well water. If a well is not drilled deeply enough, or if the aquifer is too small, it will take too long to replenish, and it won’t be long before the well is dry and a new one must be drilled.

To avoid drilling an unsustainable groundwater well, be sure to connect with American Water Surveyors to assess your land before drilling, and leave the drilling to trusted experts. Having reputable professionals handle every aspect of your well, from determining the location, to drilling and testing the water supply, will ensure your groundwater well keeps providing for years to come.

February 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm Comments (0)

Comparison: Drilling and Paying by the Foot vs Calling the Water Finders First

Summary: Spending money with a water locator can save you significant funds when it comes to drilling. Learn how this cost will help keep money in your pocket.

Ground water wells are an important part of any rural area. Whether the land is for residence, commercial or agriculture, a water supply is needed to provide services and amenities to that property. In most rural areas, this water is supplied through a ground water well. If this property is a new development, then a new well must be dug. The method and cost to drill this well will be determined by the difficulty to drill as well as the type of well that is installed. Drilling costs are quoted by the foot. You will pay a set fee for each foot of ground that is drilled regardless of if the driller strikes water. The goal, of course, is to locate an underground aquifer that will provide a reliable supply of usable water. While the drilling company will gather information prior to drilling, the drilling process itself still comes down to a carefully calculated guess.

How Deep is your Aquifer?

The main factor in the pricing, of course, is the depth of your well before an aquifer is located. While you want your well to be close to your buildings or area of use, you also want it to be drilled in an area that requires the least amount of drilling. This keeps your footage, and therefore your costs, to a minimum. You also need to follow the drilling guidelines of the well location in proximity to current wells, buildings and agricultural areas. This combination of requirements and needs does make locations limited, and finding the best location to drill a very skilled trade. If an aquifer cannot be located, then drilling is restarted at a new site, adding significant additional cost to the well owner.

What Moves your Water?


When an aquifer is located, the well is completed by attaching a pump and lines to continuously bring the water to the surface and supply the property with water. These pumps, lines and supplies will have their own costs. Some aquifers have drastically fluctuating water levels, and this will affect both the quality and quantity of water coming from your well.

Artisan wells are wells that are dug into a highly pressured aquifer. When one of these aquifers is drilled into, the water will flow to the surface without the use of a pump. These wells are more costly to fit as the water pressure must be contained and regulated. Accidently drilling into one of these underground sources will immediately increase the estimated cost of your well.

While it is always proper practice to get a well estimate prior to drilling, the final cost of your well can be significantly higher. The sediment that is drilled though, the location and depth of the aquifer and the setback requirements of the well itself will all determine the cost of the drilling. Once water is reached, the pump used to supply your property will also play a large part into the final well construction costs.

Here’s how to Save on Well Drilling Costs – Find the Water BEFORE you Drill

We locate water before you drill. By locating the water source prior to drilling, we can save you thousands of dollars by showing you where to drill in the right spot, the first time. Drilling a well is a highly calculated task, it makes sense to remove as many of the variables as possible in order to have a successful drill at the cheapest price possible. Does locating water cost money? Yes, it does. But it is much cheaper then drilling surprises after the job has been started. Are you planning on drilling a well? Contact us first. At American Water Surveyors, we can save you thousands of dollars, money that can go back towards your home, your company and your businesses.

January 6, 2018 at 9:21 am Comments (0)

Private Well Owners: Why You Need to Find the Water Before You Dig a New Well

Summary: Locating a good well site location is much more affordable and reliable than it has been in the past. Due to advancements in technology, water witching and drilling dry test wells will soon become a thing of the past. American Water Surveyors will find a good well site location, faster than you thought possible.

Do you live in an area that requires you to have a well in order to access clean drinking water? A large number of people rely on wells to access clean water, as only big cities and densely populated areas have piped water. What a lot of people don’t know is the best way to find a water source, before digging a new well. Rather than blindly attempting to find water, American Water Surveyors will show you how to find a good well site location.

Ineffective Groundwater Location Methods

When it comes to locating a good well site location, there are many individuals who will try to sell you on a method that is not particularly effective. More often than not, people assume that drilling test wells is the best way to go about finding a good spot. Unfortunately, blindly drilling test wells can quickly become an expensive and time-consuming feat. Although in most cases drilling is effective, it often ends up being a costly exploration method. In order to avoid the unnecessary expense of drilling without first locating a source of water, there are others who may try to convince you to hire a “water witch.”

Water witching is probably the only form of magic still believed in by a large proportion of the adult population. You’ve likely seen or read about these water witches or “dowsers,” as they were traditionally used to locate groundwater. These individuals hold a Y-shaped twig or metal rods in both hands, with a single branch or rod facing outwards. The diviner walks over the ground where the well water is most likely to be found, and if the twig or rod suddenly wavers or drops down, the water source is reputed to be below. Unfortunately, these people are simply “magicians” who want you to believe that they have the divine powers of determining where to drill for water.

Finding Water Before You Dig a Well

Fortunately, science has come a long way and can now provide you with a third option for finding groundwater, which is much more reliable and affordable than the methods of the past. American Water Surveyors uses the world’s leading-edge technology to measure groundwater depths and yields. Our methods are based upon physics, not magic. Advanced seismoelectric survey instruments allow us to detect water, as well as the depth and its anticipated yield, without drilling a test well. Geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all considered when mapping out potential groundwater sources.

Seismic exploration can actually see the fluids in rock and soil, drastically reducing the need to drill test wells as an exploration method. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second.

Best of all, the portability of the equipment we use for finding water allows us to travel anywhere in the United States to help our clients with their Texas well water, Oklahoma water wells, well drilling in New Mexico, or their private wells in Colorado.

Call American Water Surveyors today at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) to obtain a very affordable quote for our services. By comparing the cost of one dry test well to the cost of our services, you will see how affordable finding a good well site location can be!

January 3, 2018 at 7:06 pm Comments (0)

The Easy Way Farmers Save Money By Avoiding Dry Wells

Summary: Dry wells are expensive, time-consuming and, most importantly, useless. Here’s how many farmers are avoiding digging dry wells.

Many farmers have their own story about dry wells. The stories all vary, but there is a core that remains to every single instance: the effort and the cost of digging that well, only to have its yield underperform, is frustrating and ultimately a waste. For years, digging dry wells was simply part of finding water when you are too far from the municipal water supply. Barring trucked in, expensive water, it remained the most cost-effective means of finding a consistent supply of water.

While digging dry wells remains a frustrating experience, it actually can be easily avoided thanks to the technology and expertise of water surveyors. Equipped with machines that can find water before digging, water surveyors can help speed up the well-digging process and find better yields, saving farmers time and money when looking for well water.

Water surveyors often operate separately from well-digging firms, helping those companies find the perfect spot to dig and leaving the literal heavy lifting to them. By focusing on finding water rather than digging the wells, water surveyors can fine-tune their expertise, and that all starts with understanding the technology behind modern water finding: the GF3500.

The GF3500 is American Water Surveyors high-tech water-finding technology, developed specifically to help discover water that is hidden beneath the surface of the earth. The device sends electronic pulses deep into the ground, pulsing through layers of rock and sediment to find water. When it does find water, the device held by the water surveyor measures the amount of water, how deep underground the water is and estimates the potential yield. The device is portable and incredibly durable, making it even easier to use in environments far away from the comforts of urban living.

While the device itself relies on complex seismoelectric systems to analyze the signals sent underground, the ultimate result is a more efficient way to find water. By cutting out the usual method of finding water, which is to make an educated guess and dig to see if the hypothesis was true, the GF3500 helps well diggers build wells with confidence.

Ultimately, using professional water surveyors yields three important benefits:

-Faster well building: By cutting out experimental digging and digging less overall, wells built with water surveyors can be built faster.

-Less cost: Less digging means less labor. Less labor means an overall less expensive process.

-Better yields: Since the water-finding technology can measure possible yields, the wells are more likely to last longer and provide more consistent water supplies.

American Water Surveyors uses the GF3500 as their exclusive, proprietary water-finding technology, which helps cut costs, save time and create more dependable wells for farmers and anyone living or working too far from the municipal water supply. Unlike other water surveying styles, which often rely on a guess-and-dig approach, our water surveyors use state-of-the-art equipment to find well water, so farmers can enjoy better wells and higher yields in less time, and for less money. Learn more by visiting us online today.

December 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm Comments (0)

Three Great Reasons to Call a Water Finding Company before You Call the Well Drillers in New Mexico

Summary: Looking to drill a well in New Mexico? Here is why you should call a water finding company first.

If you’re building a new home or other development in New Mexico outside of county limits where you would have been entitled to piped water, you will have to drill a well. Odds are you’ve already begun looking into the process of having a well drilled, and may have even identified a well drilling company that you’re planning on calling for the job.

But there’s another step you should be taking before you call the well driller: calling a water finding company. Even the best well drillers only specialize in drilling wells, not necessarily in finding the best locations to do so. This is especially important in New Mexico, where water levels can sometimes be low, and finding a sustainable well location can be a bit more of a challenge than it is in other locations. Water finders specialize in analyzing water depth and can recommend the best locations for deep, long-lasting wells.

Here are three great reasons to call a water finding company before you call a well driller.

Finding the Greatest Depth

A water finding expert will not only find where water is located below the surface of your property, but also has the tools, technology and expertise to determine depth. This is very important because a shallow well won’t last as long as a deep well. A deep well is also drawing water from further below the surface, which may improve purity as it is less likely to contain leeched surface chemicals and runoff. A water finding company will find the best location for your well—not just one that will work—resulting in a longer serving and more sustainable well.

Saving You Money

Having a deeper well isn’t just about convenience and sustainability, it’s also about value and cost savings. If you’re having to drill a new well every few years, you’re going to be spending an awful lot of money for the duration of time you live on or use that property. Hiring a water finding company may seem like an additional expense at first, but ultimately it is a great investment that will save you money in the long run. The cost of hiring a water finding company once will be a lot less than hiring a well drilling company every few years to provide you with a whole new well. It’s a front loaded expense that is more than worth it.

Getting the Best Use of Your Property

If you drill your well in a shallow spot and have to drill a whole new one every few years, you’re not only wasting your money, but your property space as well. Why waste your land on multiple well sites that are difficult to close up and reclaim when you can use that space for enjoyment, farming, gardening or whatever else you’d like to designate it for? Out-of-commission well sites are a waste of perfectly good land that you paid for. A water finding company will help you find the best location for your well so that your property serves you in a more productive way.

Don’t drill a well in New Mexico unless you have called a water finding company. American Water Surveyors finds water and can estimate its depth and yield by using seismic equipment. Before you drill, call us today.

November 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm Comments (0)

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