Installing a geothermal system is a massive coordination. In addition to the homeowner (coordinated all of these people and negotiated pricing), the project has included: the Geothermal company (all equipment and specs, overseeing it all), the well driller (the well), the excavator (trenches and backfill), the plumber (piping and connections, domestic hot water tank), the HVAC installer (duct work, blowers and all related interior vents, EVRs, etc), the electrician (wiring it all up), the landscape architect (making the well look nice), the civil engineer (location) and the Green Rater (LEED).
Here’s a photo gallery of our project the past three days.
Here’s our slurry pit. That’s clean water running out. We had to dig two pits, 15 feet deep by ten feet wide to collect any water overflow. It just figures but our well was pumping water faster than the ground wanted could absorb it.
Here’s the well rig.
That’s Hazard Stewart, he owns Newport Geothermal. Hi Hazard!
That’s me, Kim (the owner) lookingworried about the noise and disturbing her neighbors. All went well though, not a single complaint. All that preparation paid off!
I admit, I was also worried about the term slurry pit.
That’s the well. We dug to 1,000 feet in just two days.
Here is where we hit water. The well was “making” very little water at 300’, the same till about 800’, about 1.5 gpm. The well driller achieved 8-10 gpm at a 1000’. Basically, we have a very good well for geothermal; and very little bleeding of the well water to the drywells will be required. Furthermore, the added water that we found around 800’ will allow for some irrigation.
That’s the water source heat pump being installed. The well pump will also go into the basment but that is next week. The connections and final trenching is scheduled for next week.
The trench to the house will be dug on Friday and we’ll do another quick post showing the final connections. We also have our next blower test for LEED and ENERGY STAR on Thursday June 11th and we’ll make sure all the connections are tight. We’re going for a <.4 leakage rate.
That’s it. We have our system. Check out our Photo Gallery for more great shots of the Geothermal system being installed!
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