When choosing a certified well water contractor or certified well water contractor to examine your well for safety and operational issues, you may want to consider someor all of the following criteria before making your final decision:
- Licensing: Do the well water contractors on your list have valid licenses to perform the work you need or want them to perform?
- Certifications: Have the well water contractors on your list gone through accredited certification programs with an organization such as the National Ground Water Association (NGWA)?
- Well Logs: Do the well water contractors on your list keep records of the geological formations their boreholes (in this case holes used for wells) go through?
- Equipment: How contemporary is their equipment? Do they have the proper equipment to drill in your area or service the type and condition of the well you own?
- Insurance: Should something go terribly wrong while working on the well on your property, do the contractors on your list carry the right types of insurance coverage and have enough liability and worker’s compensation to protect you?
- Knowledge of Health/Safety Codes: It makes no sense to hire a well water contractor who lacks sufficient knowledge of the applicable health and safety codes pertaining to wells, well water and the drilling of a well.
- Reputation: Can the well water contractors on your list provide you with recent, credible references attesting to the quality of service they provide?
- Written Contract: Will the well water contractors on your list provide you with a written contract up-front which tells you the specific terms and conditions of the work they intend to provide?
- Stickers: Sounds silly, but do the well water contractors on your list proudly display the membership stickers of the organizations to which they belong on their vehicles? And if so, what years do those stickers say? Current members of organizations like the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and others typically have access to the latest information on the ground/well water industry, well drilling and well servicing techniques, etc.
While careful consideration of the above criteria will not guarantee the reliability of the well water contractor you choose, it will help weed out many of the less than ethical well water contractors whose business practices could put your family’s saftey at risk.
Remember: It’s your well and your continual responsibility to make sure the water coming out of that well remains balanced, bacteria-free, and safe for consumption.