Hydrofracking Water Wells
Hydraulic fracturing (also fracking, fraccing, frac'ing, hydrofracturing or hydrofracking) is a water well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid.
Increase Water Flow to Your Well
"Hydro" means water. "Fracking" is short for fracture. Hydrofracking, sometimes called hydrofracturing, is a water well development process that increases the flow of water from a bed rock well by increasing the size and extent of the bedrock fractures that bring water into the well. The procedure involves subjecting the bedrock formation to water pressure sufficiently high enough to either extend existing bedrock fractures or create new fractures.
Here's What We Do
The pump is removed from the well and the depth of the well is measured. We measure the casing (pipe) and static water level. The packer is installed below the water well casing. A high volume of water and pressure are pumped into the well to see if there is a pressure change. The packer is moved for a second hydro-frack and the well is flushed. The pump is reset and the water is pumped out of the well for several hours. Flow test is performed after the hydro-fracking is complete.
If your well ran out of water or is not producing enough water, you may be a candidate for hydrofracking. The entire hydrofracking process takes approximately 4-6 hours. You'll have running water that same day.
Am I really creating a fracture?
No, the fracture already exists in the bedrock. What is actually happening is the existing fractures are either really small or they are plugged with sediment. Hydro-fracking cleans out these fractures, then actually wears away the sides of the fractures making them larger. More water is then allowed to flow into the well!
Learn more about Well Development by Hydrofracture. Download an Environmental Fact Sheet from the NH Department of Environmental Services.