An old well on my property is useless because they put the septic leach
field right next to it. So I thought of filling it in or capping,
burying it and planting grass over it. Which is better? They sell round
concrete lids. Either way I'm getting rid of this lawn obstacle.
If I wasn't me I wouldn't like me either..........
you could still use the well for watering the lawn.
FILL IT IN!! FILL IT IN PROPERLY!!
Because any sort of cap could collapse some day! this has happened
around here, people have fallen thru the cap and died, from drownding,
the fall or hypothermia and being unable to get out.
dont fill with rocks and dirt, they settle a lot, and again become a
far better to fill with gravel, then let it sit a year or two add a
cap, and cover with dirt and grass
It happened somewhere south of pittsburgh, no one knew the well was
there someone doing yard work fell 90 feet or so, and got badly hurt,
and a big job getting them out........ lucky a neighbor heard the
it made pittsburgh news........
Depends on the well. If it's large diameter and not very deep, they may
allow filling it with sand then capping it off. If possible you can
first break/cut/remove the upper foot or so and drop that stuff inside
then fill with sand and cap. Then you can add soil and plant grass
without making a mound. If it's sunny there, don't plan on any less
than 12" of soil to keep the grass alive.
Yeah capping it off is dangerous down the road as the caps will fail in
50 or so years and kill somebody long after your gone.... I had to get a new
well drilled and I had the new trailings put in the old well to fill it
right up as the new well was being drilled....it sunk down for a few years
so threw a few more wheel barrow loads full of top soil as it settled down,
but after two years you can't tell where it had been....
DONT FREAKING DO WHAT MY BROTHER IN LAW DID!!! he had an old
well on the farm and filled it in with fieldstone...worst infestation of
snakes I have ever seen!!! So whatever you fill it with make sure it's not
A now dead realtive had a outhouse floor colapse and they fell in.
Sadly I am the last living realtive that heard about that:(
That remark is right up there with picking your nose and your head caves
in......please...PLEASE give dates and location of this said relative that
fell through the shithouse floor to prove this story....Jim
A bigger concern is bacteria from the leach field getting tino the
well or gravel pack and contaminating the water table aquifer and
deeper aquifers. If you have other nearby wells used for potable
water, that'd be a HUGE risk. Have it plugged and abandoned by a
professional. That's my $0.02 worth.
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