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Cribley/Champion Water Treatment

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Ever notice that when there’s a storm, whether its 8 inches of snow or a tornado, the first thing to sell out at the grocery store is bottled water.

Save yourself the stress and keep a couple of 5 gallon bottles of pure Champion water on hand.

Even better, buy a water cooler/heater and have the convenience of pure water handy at all times.

The only thing more important than food is pure drinking water. Call Cribley/Champion today and check out the reasonable prices for water coolers/heaters. You’ll be glad you did.

Cribley Well Drilling and Champion Water Treatment, two great names one great company.  Call 800 697-6485 or 734 426-4400 whenever you need us.

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Cribley Well Drilling Goes to the Library

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Our Big Rig Goes to the Library

 

We hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the “Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day” at Dexter District Library. The weather was perfect, the crowd was large, and our big well drilling rig was a hit for young and old alike.

And yes, Jack Clark came out of retirement (again) to share his love for big rigs and well drilling with the great folks that attended the Library’s event. Cribley Well Drilling hopes this becomes an annual event.

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Jack Clark Drills a Well at North Lake

Cribley Well Drilling’s Version of “The Old Man and the Sea”.

Yes, Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” is a classic work. Here at Cribley Well Drilling we have our own version of classic work.

When a delicate touch was needed to get a well drilled on North Lake, we had to send in the old rig and “the old man”.  Yes, Jack Clark was called out of retirement to lend a steady eye and hand to the project. When called on to get the job done, you can count on Cribley Well Drilling. Owned and operated by the Clark family since 1963.

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Cribley Well Drilling Has a New Rig

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If you or your kids love big rigs and “more power” you’ll love Cribley’s new 2014 Versa-Drill V-100NG Drilling Rig.

Made in the USA and mounted on a 2014 Peterbilt 340, our new Versa Drill was built with plenty of power to handle any water well drilling or Geothermal drilling job. This new 2014 Versa-Drill is the 3rd in our Cribley line-up and comes equipped with 500/200 air, 3×4 centrifugal mud pump, 15 rod carousel (31/2″ x 20″, 9GPM water injection, built in 2″Bowie grouter, 12K winches with job booms, hose reel, and mounted on a 2014 Peterbilt 6×6.

Let’s just say it’s a beauty.

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See Our Ad in the 2014 Homeowner’s Guide

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We are a proud member of the Builder’s & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor. See our ad on page 56 of the 2014 Homeowner’s Guide. Thank you!

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14th Coldest Winter in History Has Been Hard on Water Wells

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With 4 – 5 record setting cold days and counting, this winter will go down as the 14th coldest (on average) in history. The coldest ever reported was the winter of 1902 – 03.

This cold winter has brought a rash of No Water emergencies. Some we are sure were caused by freezing pipes and the cold weather.  Others we just suspected were helped along by the cold.

If you have a no water emergency call us at 800 697-6485 for 24-7 emergency service.

Watch this article for more information on cold water well and pump information.

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Letters From Our Happy Customers

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10/6/13  Dear Cribley Drilling Company, Your company drilled three wells for a closed-loop geothermal system in our front yard last Monday September 30. Troy and Travis (plus a lot of impressive machinery) did this job for us, and I wanted to thank you and especially them for doing a great job. They worked extremely well together, and went to late hours to get the job done in one day. They also took care to do minimal damage to the yard, which was difficult due to tight restrictions of room to maneuver. We really appreciate the extra effort by these two guys, they are a definite credit to your company. -Steve Olson Ann Arbor

 

9/28/13  Cribley Drilling Company, I recently had some work done at my home by your company and wanted to commend the men who did the job. I don’t have the names of all of them, but both teams of two men were very impressive as being professional. In a business where more time is more money, these men got right to their task and worked quickly and efficiently together to get the job done. Each man knew what the other man needed without having to be told or asked to do anything. I am 86 years old. I had worked as a foreman for many years and I have never seen this kind of teamwork at my job or anywhere else. In a time when people tend not to take pride in a job well done, I would just like to say that these men did a job, did it well, and I am pleased to have made their acquaintance. Word of mouth is the best advertisement and I will be sharing this experience with others. Thank you. -Don Eiseman

Cribley Well Drilling and Champion Water Treatment, two great names one great company.

Call 800-697-6485 whenever you need us.

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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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