In most states, including South Carolina, building codes require that your well deliver at least three gallons per minute (GPM) or more. However, the minimum is not necessarily the optimum amount of water for your family and its multiple needs. A qualified well driller can help you determine the best location for your well and can give you an idea of the expected capacity based on his experience of drilling other wells in your area.
1. Check for clogged or leaking pipes.
One of the first things to check on your well system is to make sure there are no broken or leaking pipes within the well. A broken well pipe can possibly cause your well pump to overheat and damage the motor.
2. Use a well yield increase method.
There are a number of methods that are used to fracture the rock within a well to help increase yield. A commercial product, such as AquaFreed, can help increase the well’s yield as can the use of materials like frozen CO2.
3. Install a water holding tank.
Using a cistern along with your well allows you to store water on days when the well is flowing smoothly and have it on hand for those days when the well is dryer.
To learn more about getting the most from your well, contact W. P. Law, Inc. We are one of the Southeast’s leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment for farmers, contractors, and industries and have been helping people and companies like yours since 1970.
Where is the best location for the pump’s pit?
Your installer should be able to help you find the best location in your home for the new pump pit. Ideally, it should be away from all buried electrical, sewer and water lines. You should also steer clear of any circuit breakers or boxes. In most cases, the pit will need to be at least 12 inches from the wall.
Where will the water go, and where will you install the drain pipe?
Your outlet pipe will usually move through the rim joist of the building from the pump. In most cases, these pipes are 1.5 inch PVC that are attached to a hose or to the pump directly. When the outlet pipe goes outside of the building, it should be placed far enough from the building foundation to keep the water from moving into the lower areas of the building. You may also need to determine if the placement of the pipe will affect other buildings in the area as well.
Will you need to dig?
Many buildings may already have a pit that can handle a pump. If you do not have this pit, then your installer may need to dig. The installer should also make sure that drainage and placement is considered. For instance, the hole for the sump must be at least one foot deeper than the liner for the pump.
Contact the experts at WP Law for your sump pump installation. As one of the Southeast’s leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment, we are happy to help.
Farmers and growers often have preferences about the best way to water their crops. Whether you have a large area to irrigate or are planning a system for a smaller patch of land, knowing the difference between drip and overhead irrigation will allow you to make the best selection for your needs.
Enhancements in sprinklers and water lines have made newer systems incredibly water efficient compared to older practices. When measuring efficiency, we must consider more than the amount of water used.
Advantages of Drip Irrigation
- Slower distribution of water prevents excessive runoff and possible soil erosion.
- Offers much better water efficiency than sprinklers
- Waters only those plants or crops alongside the lines, not weeds and unwanted plants that may be on the grounds
- Avoids potential water waste that may occur with sprinkler systems due to evaporation and winds
- Excellent for chemigation and fetigation of crops
Advantages of Overhead Irrigation
- Ability to cover a larger area as sprinklers imitate rainfall
- Excellent for frost protection if designed properly
- Requires less filtration unlike the frequent flushes necessary to keep drip systems from experiencing plugged lines
- Generally has lower maintenance costs and a longer lifespan of use
With four locations in South Carolina, W.P. Law supplies fluid handling systems that will meet your needs. Contact us today so we can assist you.
A lot of money and effort goes into keeping your lawn looking healthy. Poor watering habits often have the opposite effect on your grass. Make sure you’re not indulging in any of these bad watering techniques
Watering When It’s Hot
Don’t make the mistake of watering during the day while the sun’s beaming down. Water evaporates quickly and never makes it to the grass roots, leaving your grass still thirsting for refreshment.
Try watering early in the morning while it’s cool to give water a chance to sink down into the soil.
Using Too Much Water
Many people respond to brown spots in their grass with more water. You could end up depriving your roots of oxygen by oversaturating them and they will suffocate and die. Limit your watering days and do regular checks to your irrigation system to keep it functioning properly.
Watering at Night
The best time to water is early in the morning. This allows the blades of the grass to dry during the day. Watering at night allows the grass to stay damp for long periods of time thus causing your lawn to be vulnerable to disease and insects.
Find out more about properly watering your lawn by calling W.P. Law Incorporated at (803) 461-0599 or (800) 476-4515.