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Question DetailsAsked on 6/12/2015

why is there water coming up thru the ground in one area? The well is somewhere in that area also.

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Normal causes for water coming up out of the ground -

1) overfilled septic system (in on septic system)

2) failed leach field (in on septic system)

3) broken sewer pipe

4) broken water pipe

5) artesian well (naturally flowing well) overflowing

6) broken drainage pipe / french drain

7) natural spring breaking through

8) neighbor diverted drainage or put in drainage controls or new gutters/downspouts so it is now popping up in a low spot in your yard

If it is visibly welling up, as opposed to just seeping to the surface, then unless during or immediately after a heavy rain, most likely an overflowing artesian well or broken water pipe. If shutting off the pump stops the flow, then is pretty clearly a broken water pipe.

BTW - the well should not be "somewhere in that area" - to prevent contamination, it has to have surface casing and a cap that sticks well above the surrounding ground and above any likely flooding level, otherwise contaminated surface waters can flow down into the well, contaminating your water and also the groundwater.

If clean looking and odorless, I would start with a Plumber. If stinky, I would start with a Septic contractor (assuming you have septic), otherwise a Sewer and Drain contractor.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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