CHOOSING YOUR WATER WELL DRILLER
FACT # 1
: Ground water is our most precious natural resource.FACT # 2
: A water system is a large investment that you will depend on every day.FACT # 3
: Historically, New Mexico has been very lenient when it comes to enforcing Drillers Licensing and Well Construction Regulations.FACT # 4: HIRING AN ESTABLISHED, LICENSED, AND REPUTABLE WATER WELL DRILLING & PUMP COMPANY WITH EXPERIENCE IN YOUR AREA IS VITAL.APPLES TO APPLES: Based on the above, very careful attention and “comparison shopping" should be of the utmost importance. When looking at several estimates it is imperative to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Murray Drilling will provide a detailed estimate of the depth and all equipment and will make every effort to be sure you understand what is on the estimate, if you need help deciphering the other bids, please let us know.THE CONTRACT SHOULD CLEARLY OUTLINE:
- Well Depth
- Casing Size & Material
- Pump Size & Model
- Flow & Pressure Expectations
- Responsibilities of Both Parties
Many contractors will require a reasonable deposit prior to scheduling, the amount could vary depending on the size of the job. Requireing payments at or right after each phase of the installation is common. However, you should never pay for the whole job up front.
If a contractor requires this, you should run as fast as you can. If you have a problem it's a safe bet he will have done the same, but with your money in hand.SUBCONTRACT DRILLERS:
Ask those that you obtain estimates from if they “sub out” the drilling and/or pump equipment portion of the job. If they do, proceed with extreme caution and check out everyone involved.
The contractor you select should, without question, carry workers' comp and liability insurance. If injury or property damage occurs during the course of your job, you can be held responsible
. Request a Certificate of Insurance (COI) to keep with your files.LOW BALL BIDS: If you receive an estimate that is alarmingly lower than anyone else, think twice!
Basing your choice on price alone could be a detrimental mistake; it could cost you thousands in well repairs and in the worst case – replacing the entire system. Often times, the low ball contractor does not:
- Have or maintain a drillers license
- Have the experience to properly estimate the job.
- Have the skills to properly size equipment.
- Have the ability to provide an adequate contract.
- Have the experience to properly complete the job.
- Keep general liability and workers comp insurance current.
- Have the equipment to handle the job.
- Have a permanent place of business.
- Install the system to meet basic industry standards.
- Honor warranties.
- Operate in a professional manner.
- Return your call when you do have a problem