- Hatch Well Drillers
Drilling- Commercial, Residential, Public, Private, Geothermal
Hydrofracturing- Hydrofracturing or fracing is a process of pumping water into a well under pressure in order to clean out the fractures so they will produce more water. See FAQ.
Deepening- In some cases if a well isn't making enough water we can drill the well deeper in an attempt to increase the flow or at least increase the capacity.
Video Well Inspection- We have a "down the well" camera that allows us to inspect the well.
Well Abandonment—If you have a well that is contaminated it should be filled in so that it doesn't contaminate the aquifer.
Submersible pump sales and service
Hand pumps—We are dealers of Bison hand pumps which are made right here in Maine.
We have the equipment to get the water flowing again.
Hatch Well Drillers installs and services water treatment systems to remove harmful and nuisance contaminants. We are licensed for Radon in water mitigation. Give us a call for a free in home analysis.
Hydro-fracturing is a process of putting hydraulic pressure on the bedrock surrounding the hole that has been drilled.
Why do it? When a well is not producing enough water to be an adequate supply of water for the customer's needs, hydro-fracturing will usually produce enough water, or increase the amount coming into the well, to make it a satisfactory supply. Hydro-fracturing has also been proven useful to increase the flow of a well when a larger than normal flow is needed. This is through the process of pumping a high volume of water to clean and enlarge an existing water producing fracture.
How is it done? A seal is placed in the hole a minimum of 30 feet below the casing. The hole is filled with water, then water is pumped untill the pressure increases to the point that it ruptures the rock leading to the water producing fracture. Water is then pumped at high pressure through the fracture to remove all impediments.
When to do it? We recomend that there be at least 300 feet of hole below the seal. The more hole there is the better the chance of hydro-fracturing working.
The price of a well varies greatly depending on the location. The price is based on the depth to water and the amount of casing needed. The distance to ledge determines how much casing is needed (state minimum of 20'). Give us a call for a free estimate.
When picking a spot to drill a well, the main concern is meeting setbacks from the septic system. The well needs to be 100' from the septic field and 60' from the tank. Other than that we need a spot that is accessible for our machine.
Water should be tested soon after it is hooked up. The state also recommends testing the water yearly for bacteria, nitrites and nitrates and every 3- 5 years do a more comprehensive test. It's also a good idea to test the water if you notice a change in the water.
The state has recommended flow rates.
|Maine Ground Water Association|
|Recommended Minimum Flow Rate for Single Family Homes|
|Well Depth||Recovery Rates|
These Standards are based on a static water level of approximately 25 feet below ground surface.
Every foot of a 6-in well holds approximately 1 1/2 gallons of water.
We get addressed as Mr. Hatch frequently, so we thought you might like to know where the Hatch name comes from. Back in 1948, Fred Hatch and Roy Genthner went into business as H & G Well Drilling. They operated an old machine with a wooden derrick and manila rope. In July of 1949, they purchased a new machine and another in 1950. It was in 1950 that Fred and Roy had a friendly parting of ways and Fred started Fredrick J. Hatch Well Drilling.
During the summer of 1951, Fred's grandson, Joseph Ball Jr., started working for him. When he wasn't on school, he was working for Fred. Joe started running his own machine in 1956, but he needed some help. Joe asked Adney Peck Jr. to work with him. Adney worked as helper until 1959, when he started running a machine.
When Fred passed away in December of 1961, Joe and Adney purchased the company from Fred's widow and became partners under the name Hatch Well Drillers.
The first air hammer machine was purchased in 1972 which was much more efficient and eventually they stopped using the pounders altogether.
In 1986, Joe's son-in-law, Marc Stevens joined the company. He worked hard and got his master drillers license, master pump installers license, limited electrician license and a journeyman plumbers license.
Carrying on a family tradition, Joe's grandson, Ryan Ball started working summers in 2000 and became a full time employee after graduation from Lincoln Academy in 2002. He left to pursue other interests in 2010.
In 2005, Adney Peck decided to retire after 43 years. Marc Stepped in and took over Adney's Share of the business.
After Graduating from college in 2005 with her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Joe's granddaughter and Mark's daughter, Elisha Hopkins joined the team. She manages the office along with many other activities.
Keeping it in the family, Marc's nephew Justin Lanphier started working summers and became full time in April of 2006. Justin has become our expert in filtration systems. He is also a licensed master driller, and pump installer, as well as being licensed for Radon in water mitigation. He is also erosion control certified.
Today we use one high-pressure air hammer machine which is equipped with a Hydrofracturing unit. This is accompanied by a service truck with a 2,000 gallon water body and a crane. This equipment allows us to drill a better well faster and more efficiently.