Watson Well is experienced in the recovery of pumps and column pipes that have broken off and landed at the bottom of a water well. Most lost well pumps are the results of someone who is inexperienced and lacking the proper equipment to safely pull the pump. Pump loss also sometimes occurs due to the corrosion and eventual failure of pipes or fittings suspending the pump.
Watson Well has a large inventory of specialized tooling and pump derricks of various sizes, all specifically designed for the recovery of well pumps from wells of all depths. 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 and identify how it is positioned in the well, and then determine which tooling is best for recovering the equipment.
Recovering pumps and other lost equipment isn’t just a matter of avoiding the need to purchase new equipment. If the equipment isn’t retrieved, you also lose the footage of the well occupied by the pump at the bottom of the well.
If you have lost a well pump, or have gotten a pump or other equipment jammed in your well while trying to service or replace it, Watson Well can help and get your well back up and running as fast as possible.
Recently, a customer called us and said that several decades prior, he had lost his well pump, as well as some attached pipe and wiring, dropping all of it to the bottom of his 400 foot well. At the time, he was unable to find anyone who was experienced in pump recovery, so they resorted to using city water, leaving the well unused for 30 years. He asked us if we could assist in retrieving the long-lost equipment, and restore the well to operation.
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 connect to and recover the dropped pipe, wire and well pump. Once the well was cleared, we sounded the well, and found it was actually 480 feet deep. Eventually, a new well system was installed, and the well was put back into service.
In less than two months of using water made from Watson’s Ozone Water Treatment System, we are watering our farm with clear pure treated water which actually contains over 300% more dissolved oxygen to all the plants roots. The difference it is made with our crops this year is incredible.
Chris Hayes, Justice Grown
Don Watson and his family have been providing experienced and reliable service to our well-water system since 2011. In those seven years, Watson Well has made a number of timely emergency service calls at any time of day and night, upgraded our water system, and rehabilitated our well.
Mr and Mrs R.W. Goodlake
When our well stopped producing water this summer, I called Watson Well. They used a special pump and opened up the well from 67’ to 132’. While inspecting the well with a video camera, they found that the wells steel casing had deteriorated in a number of places leaving large holes where sand and gravel were continuing to enter the well. They immediately installed a new liner and gravel packed the well. Our well has never produced this much water volume in twenty years of living on this property. We are also noticing a tremendous improvement in the quality of the water.
As Public Works Director for the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, I have contracted with Watson Well on five different projects for the tribe, here in Loleta, CA. Their company has completely replaced both of our main water systems submersible pumps and piping, which was not an easy task, as those wells are very deep. These projects were done very quickly and efficiently, while still maintaining a potable water supply to everyone at all times. They have the tools and equipment to not only handle the small jobs, but large jobs like this also. They have also installed three water softening units for us, as our water is very hard. These are big commercial units and all are working flawlessly. They have also developed a small rural water system for us on a piece of property the tribe recently purchased, to supply water to livestock. All of the work they have done for us is doing what they said it would do, without any problems or issues. Don, his sons, and employees are all very knowledgeable and professional and did our projects at a very reasonable cost. They stand behind their work and are only a phone call away. I would highly recommend Watson Well for any water project, no matter what the size, if you want it done right, on time and on budget, you won’t be disappointed.
Mike Flockhart, Director of Public Works
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria
It is hard to believe that it has been 9 months since I called you with an “out of water” problem on our property. It is not the call that any one on a well wants to make during a record breaking drought. You were here in a very short time and after taking in all the normal diagnostics you were concerned about us being dry but not convinced it was a true dry well. I think we were very fortunate that you had the ability to put a camera down our well to see what was happening and came up with a plan to rehabilitate our well after you discovered our weep holes for the well were plugged with iron bacteria, calcium and stuff. It gave us hope that we could get this reliable well up and running. You pulled the pump and line and determined that pump was fine. Once that was clear you put in the proper chemicals and literally scrubbed our well pipe of the “stuff” and found that our well was over 200’ deep. Water flowed and once the junk was sucked out of the well bottom and the chemicals neutralized we had 18’ more water which put us at over a 50’ column of water, of course this was fantastic. While here, all new water line and electrical wire was reinstalled and new electronics that were more current and a vast improvement of what we had. Since then the water keeps flowing with generous amounts and quality.
John and Elizabeth Ennis
During the past two years, Watson Well has designed, constructed, and maintained a number of different projects at my home. These include new water storage tanks, a water treatment system, new piping from the pump house to the residence along with separate lines and faucets for untreated water; and a complex rain water catchment system including tanks, piping and faucets to different locations, all while providing flexibility directing the water to different areas as needed. Don Watson and his crew worked efficiently and coordinated the different aspects of the jobs in an effective manner. All systems continue to operate as expected without any problems. Don was always extremely helpful and receptive to new ideas which he easily incorporated into the projects.