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Water well caved in
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Barb Myers    Posted 12-28-2002 at 11:08:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a well about 2' from the wall of my basement and the other day when I came home from work the well had caved in. The well curb is about 6' square and at least 1' and up to 2' thick. It is about 6' down in the ground and the pump spout is hooked on the concrete surrounding the area( it was poured at a later date). I don't think the pump is holding the concrete up at all. I can see past the concrete well curb to the water and the shape of the well is about 8'down and the water level is 15' down. The people that lived here said the well was lined with brick so far down and then the brick set on sand stone after about 15 feet and the sand stone went the rest of the way down. He also said they cleaned the well out about 30 years ago and it was
about 42 feet deep and there was a bulb in the bottom of it that the water had washed out of the sand stone that was about 16' across. Now, what in the world am I going to do with this. I don't think I can afford to repair it. I have another source of water. If I fill it in, which will also probably cost a fortune, how are you sure there aren't air pockets that will eventually cave in at a later date. I would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks, Barb

glen sw wi    Posted 12-28-2002 at 13:39:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just fill it with sand and gravel and you shouldn't have any problem. It may subside a little the first year. Don't use chunks of clay to fill the hole. If the material you put in the hole isn't too large or too wet you shouldn't have any big problem with subsidence.

TB    Posted 12-28-2002 at 13:20:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good one. You may find some info if you do a web search on mine subsidence. Closest thing I can think of to your problem.

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