Yakima Valley Tour of Homes 2016

Yakima Tour Of Homes Is Proudly Being Sponsored By Apple Valley Well Drilling. We are very excited to see you on the tour of homes 2016. Do not forget to bring your cameras and a super fun attitude. Homes will have everything from Chefs to drinks, builders and much more…

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Water Wells Yakima

Yakima is a beautiful valley full of fruits & vineyards with vast amounts of rich water veins that run beneath.

We drill residential water wells and irrigation water wells  for many different uses in the Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties which includes water for community use, domestic use, agricultural use, industrial use, irrigation, public supply.

We have been drilling water wells in this Yakima Valley since 1978 and our commitment to you is that we will strive to provide you with the best service possible because communication with our customers is an important part of our company!  Visit our website @http://www.applevalleywelldrilling.com or call Gary @ 509-697-6605

Water Well Drilling 2016


for your water well drilling needs

Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties

The ground has lost its frost and is finally drying which gives the well drillers the opportunity to get back to what they do, FINDING YOU WATER!

When there is no frost in the ground it makes it possible to sink the well rigs which averages over 50,000 pounds.

Last week Gary Lydin & David Oldham, Owner/Operators of Apple Valley Well Drilling started their year by a drilling on the North Wenas Rd. in Selah.

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How To Prevent A Private Well From Freezing

How To Prevent Private Wells From Freezing

Winterize Your Water Well

For those of you that rely on well water, winter can be a time to close attention to well and plumbing components, especially if your area regularly experiences freezing temperatures in the winter months.

Most who rely on wells for their home water supply won’t run into any major problems during winter. However, it is still important to know what to watch for in order to prevent any situations from occurring. Common cold weather water problems with well systems include frozen pipes, pump issues and power loss.

Preventing Frozen Plumbing Pipes

well coverWater wells are designed to access groundwater that rarely freezes due to the earths natural ability to hold heat from the warmer months. That’s why most of the components are underground, below the freeze line. Still, plumbing pipes have to come aboveground to enter your home. To keep these pipes from freezing, wrap with good quality pipe insulation or heat tape. If your pipes are protected by a crawl space or other structure that is attached to your home, be sure to also insulate these walls. All of this material is available at your local home center at an affordable price.

Avoiding Well Water Pump Problems

houseWater well pumps are typically installed underground, in the hole dug to access groundwater. Sometimes, these pumps will be aboveground. Underground pumps are usually protected from the cold winter elements, but it never hurts to inspect your well hole and make sure it is properly sealed. For aboveground pumps, a small insulated well house (about the size of a dog house) with a flood light inside will keep temperatures from dropping to low and prevent the components from freezing. Easy building plans for these well houses can be found online and are also very affordable.

Dealing With Power (and Water Supply) Loss

generatorOne of the scariest things that can happen in wintertime is a loss of power. Losing power can mean a loss of critical water, since well pumps are electric.

Well owners must plan to use alternative methods, other than power, to protect them and their water in the event of a power outage. Portable generators are used as a backup electrical supply, but need a steady flow of gasoline or diesel to keep them running. Emergency standby generators that run on natural gas are another option, but these systems tend to be much more expensive. Many homeowners store an emergency fresh water supply inside in the event of an extended power outage.


Staying safe and enjoying a constant fresh water supply from your well means taking some common sense steps before winter arrives.


Yakima Herald Republic Interviews Apple Valley Well Drilling

Yakima Herald Republic Interviews Apple Valley Well Drilling

Is The Drought Really Drying Up Private Water Wells?

Water Tables 2015

Kate Prengaman interviewed Gary Lydin of Apple Valley Well Drilling, an expert well driller in the Yakima County area, to find out the truth about how water wells in this area are handling the drought and whether your well will be affected next.

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7 Rules for Buying a Home with a Well and Septic System

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7 Rules for Buying a Home with a Well and Septic System

Good quality wells and septic systems are an essential component to buying your new home. Unfortunately, the home inspections rarely cover the quality and issues concerning water wells and septic tanks on the property.
Below is a list of quick observations and the reasons they might be a problem for a new owner. If you run into any issue on this list, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot purchase the home, but rather it will require further investigation or to factor the price of repair or replacement into an offer on a house.
1. The house must have 1-2 acres of land
If a property has a well and septic system and has less than 1 acres. Unfortunately, all systems fail at some moment in time, and the well is likely to be too close to the home’s own or the neighbor’s septic system. A leaky or overflowing septic will cause contamination in your water supply.
2. Do not buy a home with a dug or bored well
Properly drilled wells are more than 40 feet deep, typically more than 100. They have quality pipes, depth and bolted caps sticking above ground. If you see something other than this than the price of a new well will have to be included in the offer.
3. Water from the road, driveway, and downspouts should not drain towards the well
If the new home has a well that is being inundated with dirty and toxic runoff water, then the water inside the well will be directed affected. Wells should be situated on an even plane or uphill avoiding any settling water.
4. Date the well was drilled and septic tank installed, to see if any updates are required.
If the well was drilled before 1980 you must factor well and septic component replacements into the price or at least into your future budget. You should also be thinking about the costs and possibilities of total well replacement. While many wells will last decades, it is reported that 30 years is the average age of well failure. Older well pumps are more likely to leak lubricating oil or fail. Well casings are subject to corrosion, pitting and perforation.
Septic drainfields also have a limited life. The life of a septic drainfield is dependent on how the system is managed, the frequency of septic tank pump outs, and the number of people living in a house, but 20-30 years may be the life of those systems, too.
5. The well head must have a adequate surface seal in areas where domestic animals roam
Animals and their feces will undoubtedly pose a contamination risk to you and your family. If you see a home with a well in the midst of poo and pee walk away and never look back. If you are stuck on the home, then add the cost of replacing the well or septic into the offer price, if a properly drilled well is even possible.
6. When you make an offer on a house a satisfactory water test and a professional septic inspection should be septic 2included in your contingencies
Even if the water well and the septic appear to be in good working condition, a quality test should still be completed before your purchase. If you are unaware of your waters purity then it could easily effect your entire family’s health and no one would know the cause of their ailments.
Well water far outweighs city or municipal water quality even on its worst day. However, if left completely unchecked for years there could be changes near or on your property that is causing contamination. Annual water quality checks should be administered by the homeowner using test kits that are available in a local water store or online. If a problem does show up than call a professional for additional testing.
7. The septic system and water well should be separated by 100 feet  as to not pose a contamination risk to the water supply
In the case where you see a septic tank very close to the properties water well, turn around and run! Below you will find a detailed answer to why this home is no good no matter what….
The solids, scum and grease that accumulate in the septic tank need to be pumped out and disposed of every few years. If not removed, these solids will eventually overflow the septic tank, accumulate in the drain field, and clog the pores in the soil and the openings in the pipes.
Effluent that leaks from sewer lines is generally untreated raw sewage. It may contain industrial waste chemicals. When leaking sewer lines are located deep underground below the biologically active portion of the soil, the sewage can enter groundwater directly. This can result in the introduction of chlorides, microorganisms, organics, trace metals and other chemicals that may cause disease and foul tastes or odors in drinking water
When this happens, which can happen at any point in time, your clean water well will inevitably become very contaminated.
Message From Our Team At www.AppleValleyWellDrilling.com
We hope this article will save you from a major purchasing disaster, and also bring to light health concerns of existing conditions on your own property.



Yakima 2015 Golf Tournament CWHBA Annual Fundraiser


Elks Golf Club

We are grabbing our clubs for a good cause, and spending the day with nice folks from Yakima at the CWHBA’s Annual Golf Tournament.  Come down to the Elks club and visit our great office staff, as they will be handing out free drinks, coolie cups, and raffle prizes for all those who visit our lively table (must be 18 years or older).

My wife and I are very excited because this will be the first year that my daughter and her husband will be able to join us. There are so many things to do before hand to get ready for such a fun event.

Yakima County Drought Updates

Summer 2015 Drought Updates For Yakima County

What Is Washington Doing?

droughtThe Yakima Valley continues to see commercial and domestic water wells dry out, along with less irrigation for our farmers to produce abundant crops. With hardly any snow fall in the winter of 2014 the projections foresee the extension of similar conditions in years to come.

This summer alone residence in this area have had to make many sacrifices in order to conserve water. This includes scaling back on green lawns, investing their money in drilling deeper water wells, installing water efficient pipes and household systems, not to mention the soaring produce prices at the stores, etc.

What Washington State Is Doing To Save Our Water Supply

sprinklerYakima and surrounding areas are experiencing extreme drought conditions. The Valley’s need to prepare for more droughts in years to follow. Sen. Maria Cantwell unveiled legislation that would pump millions of federal dollars into the ambitious plan to ensure adequate future water supplies for farmers, fish and municipalities.
Cantwell’s proposal (S. 1694 —Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act) seeks to secure between $10 million to $20 million per year over the next decade.
“This bill is a fantastic plan,” Cantwell told a crowd of state, county and tribal officials and representatives of environmental groups at a news conference at the Yakima Area Arboretum. “It’s a step forward on what could be one of the most divisive issues that we are seeing throughout the West.”
For decades, disputes have escalated among water users over how a limited supply of water should be used in the over-allocated Yakima River Basin.
Because of the dilemma opposing parties were forced to come together and agree on a plan to improve river flows, habitat and fish passages, as well as increase water storage.
“We will be discussing the details of how to move this project forward and how to make it a reality,” she said. “We want to move it this year and see it done by end of this year.”
Senator Cantwell’s Yakima Basin legislation illustrates beautifully how Washingtonians are tackling 19th century water problems with 21st century solutions.
Projects in the early phases of the plan include fish passage at Cle Elum Reservoir and raising the pool by 3 feet, and environmental analysis of a drought relief pumping plant on the Kachess reservoir. The state already has allocated $130 million toward the plan, approved by the Legislature in 2013.
Getting a commitment from Congress would be huge, said Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita, who has taken the lead for the county on the plan.
“This is taking us to a whole new level,” he said. “This is the beginning of a whole new era in water management.”
Water shortages this year caused by decreasing snowpack have affected growers.
Grower Mark Roy said “drought conditions this year caused him to lose 40 percent of his water allocation, forcing him to pull 125 acres of tree fruit out of production.” He’s also spending thousands of dollars on water leases from other farmers who also scaled back operations.
Already, this year’s fruit is smaller because of a lack of water.
“We won’t know the full impact of our crops until after harvest,” Roy said.
Cantwell said early estimates suggest crop loss statewide this year could total roughly $1.2 billion and that science indicates the basin will continue to face lower snowpack and drought because of climate change.
“That’s why we need to act,” she said. “These losses not only hurt our producers, but they have a ripple effect on families, communities, businesses and our state’s economy. We must do everything that we can to assure that the basin has a sustainable water supply.”
Severe drought eventually will get everyone’s attention, Morrison said.


Water Tables Drastically Lowering in Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties

Older Water Well Tables Dropping

Water tables all over the vast Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties have been dropping over the years. Most wells that appear to be affected are the older wells that were drilled 40-50 years ago. Picture below is Gary Lydin & David Oldham, Owner/Operators of Apple Valley Well Drilling, drilling new water well for customers in Gleed where the water table has dropped.

Water Tables 2015Dependence upon groundwater increases during drought often resulting in increased groundwater pumping to meet water demands. A well  pumping at a faster rate than the aquifer is recharging, either by precipitation or other underground flow the water levels in the well can drop, resulting in decreased water availability of groundwater.

Do you have a Rotten Egg Smell in your Water?

Rotten Egg Odor

rotten egg

The smell of Rotten Egg coming from water in areas such as Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties in Washington is not something new to many.

The cause of this odor on ground water is mostly caused by natural decay of materials from plants found in water.

Ground water then comes into contact with these organic substances that contain sulphates and chemicals such as pyrite. Pyrite being a compound of iron and sulphur (Iron sulphide) combines with water to form another sulphur compound, know as hydrogen sulphide. This is the root cause of the rotten egg smell in water and other hazards.

What is the difference between sulfate and hydrogen sulfide?

When dealing with water contamination by compounds of sulfur, it is good to know the distinction between sulfate and hydrogen sulfide. This is because though they both contaminate water, their formation and hazards are different.


Sulfates are formed when sulphur combines with oxygen. They make part of natural minerals found in rocks and soil that have ground water. With time they dissolve and find their way into the ground water.

Formation and detection of sulfate

The presence of sulfur oxidizing bacteria has an effect similar to that of iron bacteria: they change sulfide into sulfate. They further form a slime that can turn into a build-up that blocks pipes and stain fabric. One way to detect the presence of sulfate is by checking the toilet tanks if they have black slime inside the part that holds water. This is an indication that oxidizing bacteria is present. In comparison to sulfur bacteria, oxidizing bacteria are less common.

Risks and damages associated with sulfates

Sulfate minerals cause damages such as scale build-up in pipes just like other minerals. They are also connected to the bitter taste it water which can lead to laxative in humans and livestock. High sulfate levels combined with chlorine can result into difficulty when cleaning clothes.

Hydrogen Sulfide

This is one of the natural gases that are found in underground water. It is colorless meaning; it cannot be seen with naked eyes. Its most outstanding characteristic is that it smells like rotten eggs. Among bacteria present in underground water is sulfur reducing bacteria. These help in turning sulfates into hydrogen sulfide, with the help of sulfur as energy source. The bacteria get the sulfur from decaying plant materials within an environment that has very little oxygen. This can happen in both deep and shallow wells, or in water pipes.

There are other ways in which sulfates can be turned into hydrogen sulfide. One is through the manganese rod found in heaters used to control corrosion. This has the ability to reduce sulfates in water to hydrogen sulfide. The other way is if your water is polluted by sewerage. The source of pollution plays an important role when the water is being treated.

Risks associated with hydrogen sulfide?

Despite the fact that this smell is not pleasant, if hydrogen sulfide is present in a low concentration, there are no health risks. However, for you to be safe, it is better to contact the health department around you to ensure your safety, since a lot of other things can cause the bad smell. Sources such as sewerage pollution can be a health risk. Routine standard sanitary tests of nitrate and coliform bacteria are needed to ensure your well is not polluted.

When concentration of hydrogen sulfide is high in the air it can be dangerous. Hydrogen sulfide is characterized by being corrosive, flammable, explosive, and heavier that air. To be safe do not release it near sources of fire when it is in large amount. If it burns it further forms another poisonous compound known as sulfur dioxide.

Whenever the sulfide is being removed from water, it is important to make sure it is released into open air so that it does not collect in low space areas. Some low space areas include garages, basements and well pits. Whenever hydrogen sulfide build-up is detected in these low space areas, only qualified personnel with special training should enter such areas.

Are there any other risks associated with hydrogen sulfide and sulfur bacteria?

Though the bacteria are not a threat to health, they can form slime build-ups in water sources that can end up attracting other harmful bacteria such as iron bacteria. Slime formed from bacteria has a number of colors which can be black, white or gray. If iron bacteria are involved the color is usually reddish brown. The slime can also cause build-ups in wells, and clogs pipes meant for water supply for irrigation. The build-up can also act as a corrosive agent when it gets into contact with pipes and other metallic parts of water distribution systems.

Due to its corrosive characteristic, hydrogen sulfide can eat up water system components such as pipes. Pipes that have been subjected to corrosion usually turn black in color. Other affected areas can be silverware, bathroom fixtures, copper and brass utensils all turning black in color.

What are the factors that can determine the presence of hydrogen sulfide in a well?

The presence of hydrogen sulfide hugely depends of the geology of the area the well is found. In areas with shells and sandstones, such as some areas located in Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties, it is very common. Its occurrence is further influences by the pH of ground water. Water with low pH is more prone to get hydrogen sulfide. Presence of other chemicals such as iron and manganese also hugely influence the existence of hydrogen sulfide in ground water. Hydrocarbons and peat formation also do influence on its existence.

Detecting sources of hydrogen sulfide and what are the ways of dealing with them?

One factor to put into consideration is that hydrogen sulfide easily escapes from water and so tests should be done at the site. If not, it should be stabilized before taking to the laboratory.

Even at a very low level, the hydrogen sulfide gas can be detected in water. A simple smelling exercise can be effective in detecting this compound.

  • Run water from both hot and cold taps and smell them. This should help you detect which side has the gas. It is easier to smell the gas in hot water since it is vaporized. The sense of smell has a tendency of becoming dull faster when it comes into contact with this gas and so, the best way to do it is after you have been away from your home for some hours.

The other way, which is the most effective, is to take the water to a laboratory to be tested for sulfur bacteria, hydrogen sulfide, and iron bacteria.

  1. If the smell can only be detected from the hot water side, most likely the problem is with the heater.
  2. If the smell comes through both taps, yet it is only from the water treated using softener then most likely the problem is in the softener.
  3. If the smell comes out strong immediately water is run from either taps then weakens, or if the smell varies from time to time, most likely the problem could be sulfur bacteria in the well or most parts of the system.
  4. If the smell is detected when both taps are first run and it persists throughout, then it could be that the problem is hydrogen sulfide in the underground water.

Is there anything that can be done if the problem is in the heater?

Dealing with water heater systems is not an easy job. Be advised, let the experts such as plumbers handle them.

  1. Replace or remove the magnesium anode from the heater

Most heaters come with magnesium anode attached to a plug that is on top of the heater. To remove it, turn of the heater, release the pressure inside the heater, and then unscrew the plug. Make sure you plug the hole.

The bad side of this is that the life of the heater may significantly reduce. It is wise to seek the advice of renowned heater dealer if a replacement of the anode with one of a different material such as aluminum can work. If this works, then it will provide protection from corrosion on the heater and inhibit production of hydrogen sulphide gas.

  1. Disinfecting and flushing the heater using bleaching agents such as chlorine

Chlorine has the power to kill sulphur bacteria. However, if not well done, the problem can be back within a few weeks. Raise the water heating temperature up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours. By doing this, the heat will kill the bacteria. However, you need to follow it with flushing to ensure the odor is fully removed from the system. Care should be taken before increasing the water heater temperature as this is dangerous. Prior to this, the manufacturer or the dealer should be consulted in regards to operable pressure relief valve and other information necessary.

3. Ensure you reduce the thermostat settings. Also, be sure to reduce the water temperature after the exercise to avoid accidents and high costs of energy.

Is there anything that can be done to deal with sulfur bacteria in the well, water distribution system, and water softener?

One way of doing this is by using shock chlorination. Sulpfur bacteria are not easy to remove once they establish themselves in a well. However, strong chlorine disinfection can work great. There could be procedures necessary to take before treatment. These include scrubbing of the well casting, employment of certain treatment chemicals and water agitation to remove the build-up. This could also be necessary if the problem is also associated with other bacteria such as iron bacteria. It is better if you contacted a well specialist or department of health for better knowledge.

Effectiveness of chlorine depends on certain factors. It is most effective in water with a pH of between 5 and 7, and less effective it the water is alkaline and of lower pH lower. To remove excess chlorine, an active carbon filter can be used.

In case the bacteria are in devices used for treating water such as water softeners, reach out to the manufacturer or the person who installed it. If you cannot reach the two, try getting information from the health department.

What can be done when dealing with hydrogen sulfide in underground water?

This problem could be removed by drilling another well in an area where such contamination is minimal. However, the water from such well could possibly be treated through several methods.

  1. By installing an activated carbon filter

This method works best for low hydrogen sulfide levels usually below 1 milligram per litre. The carbon is used to trap the gas until the filter reaches appoint of saturation. The only setback is that it can be hard to know the length of service for these filters since carbon attracts a number of other impurities besides hydrogen sulphide. Bigger ones last for years while smaller ones last for weeks, even days depending on the level of contamination. Periodic replacement is necessary as the filters can harbor sulphur bacteria.

2.   By installing an oxidizing filter, for example manganese greensand filter

This method is more effective that the carbon filters since it can handle hydrogen sulphide levels of up to 6 milligrams per litre. In most cases, manganese greensand is used when dealing with iron related problems. The sand coated manganese in the device transforms the hydrogen sulfide into small particles of sulfur once it goes through the filter. Periodic regeneration of the filter is done using potassium permanganate to ensure the filters capacity is up to the task.

  1. By installing an oxidation-filter system

This method is better than the manganese greensand as it can handle hydrogen sulfide content levels of more than 6 milliliters. The system works by an injection pump injecting oxidizing agents such as chlorine into the water system before it is stored or mixed. Given enough time, this changes the sulphide into sulphur, which is removed using a filter. The excess chlorine is further dealt with using carbon filters.

Listed below are Local-companies that deal in oxidation-filter systems

in the Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties.

Quality Water Systems LLC


1008 W Ahtanum Rd 7, Yakima, WA 98903

(509) 577-1589

Independent Water Service Inc


6 N 5th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

(509) 457-3631


In Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties there are areas that you may never get rid of the Rotten Egg Odor. Contact your well driller, they would be the first person that would have the knowledge of your particular zone and may be able to give you some simple advise that would assist you.

This article is written by Apple Valley Well Drilling, Inc., for your educational purposes only. Please contact a professional to assist you! Again, there are areas in this Beautiful Valley that these Rotten Egg Odors are strong, call Gary @ 509-697-6605 for all your water well needs. We are 100% Owner/Operated where all advise is free!


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