Frequently Asked Questions

A. No – but it is cause for concern. There are some bacteria that can cause health problems, most however, are harmless. Coli-form bacteria (while not harmful in itself), is used as an indicator that more harmful bacteria. If bacteria is identified, this is cause for serious concern and you need to contact a licensed water well professional to determine the reason for the contamination, correct the problem and to disinfect your water well system and insure a safe drinking water supply.

A water test that provides a count of total bacteria present is recommended rather than a test that only indicates presence/absence of bacteria. The state and local health departments recommend having your water tested annually.

A. When the following apply:

  • Have you noticed a change in the taste, odor, or color of your water?
  • Anytime a water test comes back positive for bacteria.
  • Any time your well is serviced such as when a pump is worked on.
  • Pressure tank or water heater is replaced.
  • Anytime your water well is subject to flood waters.

A. Yes – however it is not as easy as it may appear. Many do-it-yourselfers have caused serious damage to well casings, adapters and/or pump housings because proper attention was not given to the corrosive reaction of the chlorine on well components. In many cases high voltage may be present in wiring by the well cap. Not to mention the potential health hazards related with vapors or skin and eye contact or electrical shock.

A. Many minerals such as iron are naturally occurring in groundwater and in themselves are safe, yet may be considered undesirable. There are numerous water treatment devices that you can call on us to tell you about. We are here as your information resource.

If a well is not used daily (such as a summer home) running the faucets for a while may be all that is needed. Sulfur bacteria and iron sheen may adhere to the inside of your plumbing and needs to be flushed.

A. That depends on local ordinances. Many communities allow continued use of a water well for irrigation once a property is on city water. To ensure the well is properly maintained, your community may require a special use permit for your well and an annual inspection.  By law, when a groundwater well is no longer used to supply water, within 30 days after non-use, it must be sealed.

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We believe that every water well owner should be completely informed on the technical aspects of groundwater maintenance, well construction and the pumping system.

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WE ARE AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND OPEN TO SERVE YOU: How Huemann Well Drilling Is Responding To The COVID-19 Virus Concerns.

We are in unprecedented times here in our great nation, state, and city. We know many people are working from home and self-quarantining, which can put additional stress on your water well Systems. Huemann Well Drilling has been serving our community since 1902 and we are ready to serve the needs of our customers and team members while doing our best to protect the needs of the community at large. Safety is one of our core values and is a high priority every day. Huemann Well Drilling provides a vital role in maintaining the health and safety of our community. Therefore, we will remain open during this time of social distancing. If you’re experiencing problems with your water well systems, you can count on us to make the appropriate fix or recommendation. We are open and running service calls to homes. We want to be there in case of emergencies and make sure we keep our customers safe and comfortable at home. We also need to take caution to protect our team members and make sure they stay healthy as well. When you call in, our office staff will be asking if anyone in the home has a fever, been diagnosed or had exposure to the virus. We also ask if anyone has traveled the last month. We need to know so that we can be proactive with our team’s response and level of protection. We will have team members who do not want to be exposed to a high-risk customer and we will respect those wishes. If you are scheduled already, we plan to come, but you are welcome to reschedule so please let us know. We will call before coming and go over any precautions that we need to discuss. Please be patient with our team so that we can take the best care of you and all our customers. We intend to limit our time in groups as we have canceled all group meetings until further notice. Technicians already work in isolation for most of the day and are not exposed to large groups during work. We will be limiting face to face interaction between our office team members and field team members. Huemann Well Drilling is ready to help with service anytime you need us.