Watson Well is experienced and has an inventory of special tooling used in the recovery of pumps or column pipes that have broken off and landed at the bottom of the well. Depending on how much equipment is lost in the well and how big the well casing is, first we will often send our well camera into the well to inspect the lost equipment, how it is positioned in the well, and determine which tooling will be appropriate for the “fish” or recovery.
Most lost well pumps are the results of someone who is inexperienced and lacking the proper equipment to safely pull the pump. Watson Well has different sized pump derricks designed to handle the different weights encountered when pulling failed well pumps from shallow or deep wells.
A customer called and said that 29 years ago, himself, a neighbor and his wife were trying to pull his failed well pump! But due to the unexpected weight and the inability to hold onto it, it slipped away from them and ended up dropping to the bottom of his 400’ well. Reflecting back to the event, he said it was remarkable no one was hurt. At the time, he was unable to find anyone who was experienced in pump recovery, so since they had city water the well sat unused for years.
We started by sending our camera down the well to find out how deep the top of the remaining drop pipe was. Utilizing a custom recovery tool that we designed and built, we were able to attach onto the drop pipe and recover all the pipe, wire and well pump. Once the well was cleared, we sounded the well and it was actually 480’ deep. Eventually, a new well system was installed, and the well was put back into service.