If you live in a rural area you probably have some kind of a well on your property unless you have a new property without a well.  The most common are dug wells and drilled wells.  There are two main types of drilled wells, one that is drilled with a churn drill (what most people commonly think of as a pounded well), and a well that is drilled with a rotary machine.

The rotary machine is the most widely used and is what we currently use at L.E. Veinotte & Sons Ltd.  This machine is faster and more capable than the older style churn drills.  The rotary machine uses compressed air to operate and the churn drill uses only the weight of the drill tool on the machine.  The way these two types of drilling machines operate created a difference of opinion amongst customers.

Some customers believe that the churn drill is better because of the constant up and down motion that is performed while is operating.  This creates a plunger effect the whole time it is operating and the rotary machine does not do this to the same extent while it drills.  This is what prompted people to say that the churn drill is better at getting water.

In an effort to correct this problem, Eugene Veinotte created what we call a plunging tool for the rotary machine.  We now believe that rotary machine combined with this tool is as good if not better than the churn drill.  While the rotary machine is operating it uses compressed air to drive a pneumatic hammer which drills the hole for the well.  Not only does this hit harder and faster in the rock, but it cleans out all of the material in the hole.  After the hole is made and some water is found, depending on the type of rock we can then use our plunging tool to create a pressure and suction on the water seams cleaning them out to the best of our ability.

Using the plunging tool gets all of the left over sediment loose from the water seams and in most cases increases the flow of water.  This plunging tool gives us the confidence to say that we can do the best well for you and get the most potential from your new or old well than any other drilling company or machine can.

In recent times some drillers have been passing their rotary machine off as being a "pounder".  This deceives the customer into thinking they are getting something they are not.  The rotary machine uses compressed air to work and the reason it can drill faster than the old churn drill is because the air drives a pneumatic hammer.  It hammers and turns as it drills, which does a better, faster job than the churn drill but is by no means the same thing.  So, it is buyer beware and our advice is check the reputation of the contractor you are talking to.  Check out our photo gallery for a short video of the machine actually drilling.

If you want more information on wells in Nova Scotia you can contact the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour or read the literature "Before You Construct a Water Well" online or come visit our office and get a hardcopy from us.

We are confident in our business and make sure that all our customers are satisfied, so just ask a neighbour who they would recommend to drill a well.  L.E. Veinotte & Sons Ltd. will probably be one of the names that they tell you.  So before you decide to drill a new well or you need work done to your existing drilled well give us a call and we would be pleased to give you a free estimate and advice on what you need to do at (902) 543-5217 or email us at levwell@eastlink.ca.

L.E. Veinotte & Sons Ltd. is a licensed driller for the Province of Nova Scotia and is a member of the following organizations:

Better Business Bureau of the Maritime Provinces (BBBMP)
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
Nova Scotia Construction Association (NSCSA)
Nova Scotia Groundwater Association (NSGWA)


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