The well production is still good: 13 gallons per minute.
There are holes in the cap caused by the rusting (the holes are now
covered). The question is, what is the best guess about the state of
the casing in the well itself...
I know very little about wells. So before I popped off and said it could be
relined I toured Google.
The good news is YES they can be. Sand and silt in the water supply are the
first signs of failure. Here is a link for your reading pleasure:
Just had my well dug up yesterday to replace the pipe going into the house.
Surprize, surprize. the well casing had been replaced once before. Looked
like the casing had been cut off 3 ft below grade and a new one somehow
attached. The well guy postulated that maybe the pitless adaptor had rusted
in place and they couldnt get the pump out so they just sliced the whole
thing off. My point: they can replace casings so maybe you don't need to do
a whole new well.
As the other poster suggested, this was probably a pit-type well -
the well head was covered with dirt, and the owner got it extended
above ground level.
We're in the throes of deciding to do this ourselves - digging
up the head gets tiresome after the second time of having to replace
a blown out fitting on the foot valve.
Here, above-ground well heads is mandatory, and the provincial
govt used to (hopefully still is) issuing rebates for extending
[It's pricey according to one quote - ~$1500 - has to be welded
and grouted. "You mean I can't just use a fernco?"]
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