Residential Services & Domestic Pump Service & Maintenance

When you live outside of the city limits or in an unincorporated area, you’re more aware of the value of water and of the maintenance and care it takes to manage your own residential well than the typical city-dweller. At Bradley & Sons, we know what it’s like to take care of your family and their water needs. Take a look at our Tips on Residential Well Care and Maintenance (scroll down the page for the tips) for ways you can help extend the life of your well and pump.

Call us if you have questions about any of these tips or when:

  • Your well has stopped working.
  • You are building a new home.
  • There’s been a hard freeze and there’s no water.
  • You want to upgrade your watering system.
  • You’ve noticed a decline in your water pressure.
  • There’s air in the water lines.

We can help you evaluate your well and conduct a pump test for your existing home or when you’re considering a purchase. While we don’t design irrigation systems ourselves, we can provide valuable information to your landscape architect or irrigation designer. They’ll want to know how many GPM and at what pressure.

We’ll provide you with an evaluation of your current pump and make a recommendation for a pump that will run efficiently and effectively. Since it’s cooled by the water it’s pumping, one of the most damaging ways for a pump to run is off and on. If you’re burning through your pump motor every 2 or 3 years, have us take a look at your landscape irrigation needs. We’ll suggest a system that will perform right and keep your pump working for years. We also provide Well Certifications  for current pump performance (a requirement for whenever a home is bought/sold).

Do You Need Regular Pump Maintenance?

As long as you’re not noticing problems like declining water pressure or volume, dirty water, or other water delivery problems, you don’t need regular maintenance. One variable to be aware of though is weather (especially freezing temperatures) and electricity, which isn’t always predictable. If you have questions about your pump or well performance, give us a call.

New Home Well Drilling

We’ve been drilling domestic wells in the Central Valley for over thirty years.

We’ve drilled thousands of wells, making tens of thousands of valley residents very happy with their reliable source of fresh well-water.

We make the complicated permitting, design, drilling, and development process simple.

We run five full drilling rig operations so we can serve our residential clients as quickly as possible.

Interested in the details? Here's how a successful residential well-drilling project gets done:

Step One: Permits

The cost of your project includes the time and fees involved with filing the needed permits on your behalf. Our long experience and knowledge of city permitting processes helps us get through the system quickly and correctly.

Step Two: System Design and Site Selection

We work with you to determine your domestic needs, based on your projected use. Then we’ll design the system, select the appropriate components, prepare a bid, and select the well site on your property.

Step Three: Drilling

We use mud rotary drilling which is the most sophisticated and speedy method to drill and develop your well. The hole is drilled by the drill rig’s rotating bit and cuttings are removed by continuous circulation of a drilling fluid. Once the desired depth is reached, the drill fluids are reconditioned for casing installation.

Step Four: Casing and Screen

Once the hole is drilled, the steel casement is installed into the hole. The casing protects the well from contamination and prevents the hole from caving in. A well screen is fitted to the bottom of the casing as a filter to allow water to pass through but not sediment.

Step Five: Well Development

Well development improves the flow of water through the earth surrounding the borehole. Drilling is disruptive and can alter the hydraulic characteristics of materials near the borehole. This can sometimes result in reduced water flow. To prevent this, and give you a well which yields more water, well development removes sand, clay, and other clogging sediments.

Step Six: Pumps and Tanks

Most of our domestic well projects will use submersible pumps. They’re very efficient and work for very deep wells. We’ll select a pump size that meets your needs. We’ll also select the right pressurized storage tank which provides you with a steady supply of water in between pump cycles. We’ll recommend the appropriately sized tank to give you fewer pump starts and cycles, which increases the life of your motor, starters, switches, and relays.

Tips on Residential Care and Maintenance

Protect your well from contamination.
Do not dump or rinse containers of pesticides, paints, fertilizer or other chemicals near your well or any water source.

Protect your electrical supply from rodents.
Maintain a clean well site, free of debris and weeds that may attract mice and other rodents which could ruin your wiring.

Protect your pump from ants.
Spray for ants if you notice nests near your pump. We receive hundreds of calls every summer because ants crawl up between electrical contact points which can kill power to the pump.

Protect the electrical supply from disruption.
Know where your electrical lines are buried and take care to not severe your electrical supply with any trenching or other digging equipment.

Unfreeze your pressure switch.
If you’re without water after a cold snap, take a hair dryer out to your well and thaw out the frozen pressure switch. Wrap your pipes, especially around the pressure sensor, to help prevent freezing.

If you have other problems or are unable to restore power or water flow from your well or through your pump, call us for immediate service at 559-441-1401. Our service managers are available for our clients for any questions or issues you may have.