Do you need your well or well casing inspected?  Do you need your pump system inspected or certified for your mortgage company or your insurance company?   We can help.   We can inspect and certify your well, well casing, pumps, filters, and other items that are attached.    We can also sample the water and send it off to a lab for organic, toxin or metal analysis.


Jacksonville       Duval County                 904-346-1266
St Augustine      St Johns County             904-824-7144
Orange Park       Clay County                   904-264-6444
Jacksonville Beaches    Duval County      904-246-3969
Fernandina          Nassau County               904-277-3040
Macclenny          Baker County                 904-259-5091
Palm Coast         Flagler County                386-439-5290
Daytona              Volusia County               386-253-4911

GAINESVILLE    ALACHUA COUNTY       352-335-8555
Serving all of Florida  and Georgia    at     904-346-1266

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Water Well Inspections

We offer several water tests, however, the basic water well inspection, which suits most situations, is what we refer to as our “Three Test package”. This package includes:

1. The Flow Rate test which is a general overview of the well and pump system and a quantitative determination of the well and pump system’s capability in gpm (Gallons per Minute).

2. Potability Test which is a bacterial examination of the water looking specifically for Total Coliform, including E-Coli bacteria

3. The Water Exam is what determines the pH, hardness and iron content. If there is treatment equipment already installed we can determine whether it is functioning properly If  no treatment equipment  is installed we can recommend what options if any are necessary to improve the water quality

The average length of time it takes to perform the “Three Test Package” is 1-1/2 to 2 hours. This may vary somewhat due to the difficulty in finding portions of the system, examining compound installations accessibility and discussion with the client.

We do offer several other water tests as well. Some of these need special handling; timing and scheduling if the are required. These tests are:

1. VOC test (volatile organic compounds)

2. Lead

3. Lead & Copper

4. Nitrates

5. Metals

6. TDS (total dissolved solids)

Water Treatment & Service

  • Water Softeners ( times & demand styles)
  • Neutralizers
  • Filters
  • Green Sand Filters
  • T & O ( taste & odor )Carbon Filters

Pump & Cold Storage Tank

There are two types of pumps:

Jet Pumps:

1. 25 foot well or less – – Jet pumps work in a simple principle. An electric motor drives an impeller which draws air from just above the water in the intake pipe. This creates a vacuum. Atmospheric pressure then pushes the water upward and into the pump. The jet pump needs water to pull new water up from the well so it must be primed. Priming simply involves pouring water down inside the pump body which is used to create a vacuum. a 1-way check valve is installed in the intake pipe leading to the jet. This keeps the water from running back down the well and helps to keep the jet pump primed. If the system is turned off for a long while this may cause the water in the pump body to evaporate in which case the pump will need to be re-primed.

2. 75 foot well or more – – A jet pump can still be used but instead of the jet assembly being mounted directly to the motor, it is connected to the impeller by a pipe that submerges it down inside the well. A second pipe comes from the output side of the jet back into the pump. This causes water to be forced from the pump down inside the jet and then back up through the pump, pulling even more water from the well along with it.

Submersible Pumps:

These pumps are by far the most commonly used. The entire pump assemble including electric motor, which is water tight, is lowered into the well. Special waterproof cable is connecting to the electric motor providing power to the pump. The submersible works on an entirely different principle than the jet pump. This type of pump sucks the water from the well and pushes it up into the plumbing using a series of impellers. The impellers ride on top of each other separated by discs called diffusers and are connected to a central shaft which is driven by the electric motor. As water flows through each impeller its speed is increased and so is the pressure. Submersible pumps tend to be more efficient, producing more water with a smaller size motor.

Cold Storage Tank:

In older type pressure tanks the air and water are combined in the same chamber. Since air is lighter than water, it occupies empty space in the tank above the water. As more water is pumped in to the tank the air becomes more and more compressed and pushes back against the water, creating a backpressure. This backpressure is used to push the water out of the tank and into the plumbing. There is one flaw in this design; however, air dissolves in water so over time the volume of air inside the pressure tank decreases and the backpressure created by it decreases. Therefore the tank must be recharged with air frequently. If the tank is not recharged, then pump continually will recycle.

Bladder Type

The Bladder tank has a rubber bladder which keeps the water separated from the air. This keeps the air from being dissolved in the water and greatly reducing the frequency at which the tank needs to be recharged. The only downside to this type of tank is that the bladder flexes and contracts each time water is used and over time the bladder can develop holes. This is what’s known as water logging. In this case, the air volume inside the tank will gradually decrease just like with a captive air tank and if not properly charged, pump cycling will occur.

Some of the many services we supply are:
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Local Drinking Water Information

Each year by July 1 you should receive in the mail a short report (consumer confidence report, or drinking water quality report) from your water supplier that tells where your water comes from and what’s in it:

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Follow the links below to the state and local members of our safe drinking water partner organizations:American Water Works AssociationExit EPA DisclaimerAssociation of Metropolitan Water AgenciesExit EPA Disclaimer

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Biological Indicators of Ground Water-Surface Water Interaction: Update
Document that describes techniques for determining the presence of a particular suite of indicator organisms whose presence defines the hyporheic zone (EPA 816-R-98-018).
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Citizen’s Guide to Ground Water Protection
Guide that encourages citizens to a take an active and positive role in protecting their community’s ground water supplies. Introduces the natural cycle that supplies the earth with ground water, briefly explains how ground water can become contaminated, examines ways to protect ground water supplies and describes the roles communities can play in protecting ground water supplies. Spanish version available (EPA 440-6-90-004).
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Ground Water Rule
EPA finalized the Ground Water Rule in the Federal Register on November 08, 2006.  The purpose of the rule is to provide for increased protection against microbial pathogens in public water systems that use ground water sources. EPA is particularly concerned about ground water systems that are susceptible to fecal contamination since disease-causing pathogens may be found in fecal contamination. For more information, please see the Ground Water Rule Web site below.
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