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.