Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 5:56 am

I am working on finding where my well is. I have started just out of the house using a post hole digger.
Managed to come out 4 ft so far. Any one know a quicker way to find a well

Re: Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 6:22 am

Find someone with a buried cable/pipe detector and follow it from the house to the well. Most surveyors, plumbers and electricians have one. You might also try Miss Utility, but they probably only locate public utilities.

Re: Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 7:06 am

Might inquire with water well drillers in your area. They may have records on the well location. Inquire at the county court house. Some counties have a department responsible for water wells and sanitary sewers. Frequently water wells and waste facilities on private property are mapped.

Also contact previous property owner. That's how I determined the close approximate location of the well on the acreage. Once I knew the approximate location and there was a hydrant in the area, I dug down around the hydrant, then followed the pipe about 4 feet from hydrant to well.

Ask a neighbor who may have been around when the well was drilled.

Depending on how far you think the well is from the house. Water lines are typically trenched in a straight line from the well to the house. Since you have the first 4 feet open at the house. Take a string and line it up with the pipe, stretch out 100 feet. At 50 foot intervals, dig down to pipe.

Re: Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 7:11 am

Forked peach tree limb. Hold the forked end in each hand. Hold it perpendicular to your body. Walk around the area. When the other end of branch dips down, that's the spot!

Re: Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 8:04 am

Divining Rods work pretty well. My Dad used two brass rods with the 90 degree bend.

Here's a You Tube video;


Re: Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 8:29 am

Peter Person wrote:Divining Rods work pretty well. My Dad used two brass rods with the 90 degree bend.


My dad just used wire, like electric fence wire. Always a farmer, but he did plumbing work on the side and during the winter. Worked very well for him and I picked it up over the years. :spacecraft:

Re: Finding a well

Thu May 16, 2013 8:33 am

I've always used copper wires.

Re: Finding a well

Fri May 17, 2013 10:38 am

My father-in-law uses metal coat hangers, Ray uses 1/4" steel rods with a 90 degree bend to act as handles. When the rods cross -- look straight down. I use the 1/4" steel rods as well. And yes -- it works.. :!: why :?: :?: :?: have no clue, it just works :D

Re: Finding a well

Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:58 pm

Never seen one that didnt stick up outside somewhere. Other wise keep diggin. Ha I use two brazing rods. Bend them into a 90 about 5 in. from the end hold onto the small end with the long ones sticking out in front, walk around and when they cross dig.

Re: Finding a well

Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:38 pm

I've got a maple branch and two old coat hangers that I use. Like Rudi says, don't know why they work but they do.