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March Specials – Champion Water Treatment


Cribley Well Drilling and Champion Water Treatment March, 2013 Special

Tired of dealing with hard water?

Worried about hard water corroding your pipes and fixtures?

Take advantage of our Champion Water Treatment March Special:


Regularly $105.00


Hardness/Iron Test

Check Brine Draw

Check Settings

Fittings Condition/Leaks


Resin Cleaning

Drain Line

Clean Injector Screen

Salt Condition

Meter Set and Working

By Pass Condition

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10 Steps To Successful Well Drilling


  1. Request an estimate. We do 2 different types of estimates: on site and over the phone. If you are on a lake, in a tight area, or are requesting an irrigation well quote, then the site must be looked at. When we do an over the phone estimate we must have an address, based on that address we can look up wells on the internet to find out how deep wells are in the area. By looking at the different depths of wells near your address we can estimate a depth we think we will get water. We will base our estimate on that depth and email/fax/mail it to you.


  1. Apply for the Permit. You’re county’s Environmental Health Department requires a permit to be pulled before we drill the well and water samples taken after we drill the well.  If you want to do the permit and water samples yourself it will save you some money, or we can do them for you at an extra cost. Our price for pulling the permit and doing the water samples includes the cost of the permit fee and sampling bottles charged by the Environmental Health Department. It also covers our costs for fuel and our employee’s time to apply for the permit before we drill the well and take the water samples after the well is complete. Because each county charges a different fee for the permit our price varies from county to county.  If you decide to do the permit and water samples yourself, go to your county Environmental Health Department to apply for the permit. You will need to complete a form, draw a site plan of the property, and pay the permit fee. The process varies by county.  Washtenaw & Livingston County: Apply for permit and pick up water sample bottles: arsenic, bacteria, and nitrates.  Oakland County: Apply for permit. Oakland County does all water sampling for the homeowner.  Jackson & Lenawee County: Apply for permit and pick up water sample bottle: bacteria required only.  When there is a no water condition you can get a permit right away, the sanitarian must look at the site first and then he/she will issue the permit. If there is water then your permit will take 1-2 weeks for the county to complete.


  1. Send Cribley a copy of the permit if you pulled it yourself.The county can fax it to us upon request.  If we applied for the permit they will automatically fax it to us.


  1. Sign the estimate. If you would like to go ahead with the well sign the estimate and send it back to our office by mail, fax, or email.


  1. Pay the deposit. You can pay the deposit over the phone by credit card, in person with cash or a check, or mail a check to our office. (Many people mail the signed estimate and check together to our office.)


  1. Schedule the work. Once we have a signed estimate, deposit, and a copy of the permit we can schedule the work. Our      director will call you to schedule the well drilling.


  1. Well Drilling & Well Hookup.  The well drilling usually takes ½ a day      to 1 day to complete depending on the well’s depth. After the drilling      portion is complete our director will call you to schedule the hook up. The      hook up will usually take ½ a day to complete.  The old well is left for use until the      new well is hooked up. When the new well is hooked up the old well is   abandoned.


  1. Billing.      After the well is complete the deposit is applied and we send the bill in the mail. You have 30 days to pay the bill. It can be paid cash, check, or credit card.


  1. Water Sampling.  When the well is hooked up the crew chlorinates the well. This is to clean/disinfect the well and get it ready for water sampling.  After the chlorine has sat the recommended time you must run a couple outside hoses to purge the water from the well.  Once the water is chlorine free you are good to take the water samples.  If Cribley is to take water samples they will contact you to arrange it or take samples from an outside faucet.


  1. Payment, Well Log,  Warranty,  and Water Sample Results. As soon as we receive payment we will send you a well log, warranty card, and your water sample results in the mail.  We automatically send all well logs to the county for record keeping.


By Allison Clark-Dondzila

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Cribley Well Drilling Replaces Shallow and Steel Wells With PVC Wells

Today Cribley replaces Shallow and Steel Wells with PVC Wells

By Allison Clark-Dondzila

Cribley Drilling started out constructing wells in 1946. At that time well drillers across the country used steel to construct wells. Years down the road it was found that steel wells have an average lifetime of about 30 years. A steel well will break down over time creating a hole in the casing. Mud, minerals, and sand get into the well making the water supply impossible for household use.

It wasn’t until the mid to late 80’s that well drillers had approval from the State of Michigan to use PVC plastic to construct wells. PVC wells last much longer than steel wells. PVC casings will last 100 plus years.

Some homeowners have installed “point wells” or “shallow wells” in their homes, cottages, or cabins. These wells are hand driven and have an old style “jet pump” instead of a submersible pump, which is what we use today. A submersible pump is located inside the well head, it is submersed in water. These old style wells are usually located inside the home and the jet pump would be visible. They are known to fail because they are outdated and often must be replaced with a more reliable water source. Most shallow wells are ancient and have reached their lifetime. In some counties the environmental health department requires a replacement well for point or shallow wells before home sales or deed transfers.

Overall wells are much like a car: they need regular maintenance, part replacement, and if they have reached their lifetime they need to be replaced with a new one.

Don’t hesitate to call us for a free well estimate. Thanks to the internet we are able to research wells on your road/nearby area to help us choose a probable depth to find water. We would be happy to email, fax, or mail you an estimate for what a replacement well might cost. If you think a replacement well is needed at your home please call our office, we can have someone meet you on site and get started.

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No Water Conditions & Drought brought a Busy Summer to Cribley Well Drilling


No Water Conditions & Drought brought a Busy Summer to Cribley Well Drilling!

Written by Allison Clark-Dondzila

2012 brought us an early spring and a hot, hot summer. There was plenty of heat, but not enough water.

This was the busiest summer for well service and repair that Cribley has seen in at least 30 years. The drought conditions brought us “NO Water” calls from Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland and JacksonCounties. Keeping our 24/7 emergency crews working around the clock.

The shortage of water was most prevalent in the Saline area. These calls came from subdivisions where homeowners were without water due to the dropping water table. Water tables also dropped in parts of Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Milan.

Once water levels dropped it affected neighbors with wells on the same water table. Substantial irrigation and household water use, without rain, caused water levels to fall below well pumps causing “no water” conditions.

Cribley Drilling ran two service crews to keep up with the demand for well service. The crews got on site as quickly as possible getting homeowners back into water and often worked until midnight.

The drought of 2012 affected some homeowners more than others due to their heavy usage of water. With no rain, plants were dying and homeowners were using more and more water. In some cases we suggested that homeowners stop irrigating if they wanted water for household use.

There is a science to where each pump is set. Pumps are set below the draw down level. With no way to anticipate the unusual weather we experienced or the effect it would have on water tables crews were busy lowering pumps 20-30 feet at each home, putting the pumps back into the water table. Many pumps were damaged and needed replacing.

Of course irrigation wells were in great demand. With so little rain, Cribley had contractors, golf courses, homeowners, home associations, and farmers requesting estimates for irrigation wells to feed their landscapes, ponds, and crops. There was a waiting list just to estimate these jobs meanwhile Cribley installed commercial and residential irrigation wells left and right.

This has been one of the driest years on record (see the chart at top of page).  It’s hard to believe July’s average precipitation was only 3.6 inches in Michigan. Recently we have gotten some relief but more rain is needed to return water tables to normal levels.

In Michigan we are surrounded by the Great Lakes, the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. But, we still need rain to maintain our water levels.

It was a successful summer for Cribley; our experienced service teams would tell you they were just glad to be able to help.

A special thanks to Ken Burke and Ben Wheeler for running our main service crew and 24/7 emergency service. More thanks go out to Tod Stevens, Scott Baldus, Dennis Amburgey, and Jack Wynn for working after hours, Saturdays, and emergency service.

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Save Your Well Pump. Save Your Money!


It is officially spring and our weather here in Michigan already seems summer like.  It won’t be long before we will all have the garden hoses out watering grass, gardens, plants, washing cars, or even filling up that swimming pool.  Here at Cribley Drilling we are not just concerned about your water, but also your wallet.

Here’s a little tip on how to reduce wear and tear on your well pump and keep your cash in your pocket.  When you are watering or filling anything outside, it is best to run 2 hoses (turned on full) at the same time.  This keeps your pump running and prevents it from turning on and off repeatedly.  You see, it’s not how much a pump runs that can wear it out faster.  It’s how often it turns on and off that will reduce the life of a well pump.

So take good care of your well pump and save your money.

But when that pump finally stops working, that’s where Cribley Drilling can help.

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