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Peter Snelten & Sons Since 1923

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Serving Illinois Residents Since 1923

Water Well Drillers Peter Snelten & Sons
Family-Owned & Operated Since 1923.

Serving Cook County, McHenry County, Lake County,
Kane County & Dupage County Illinois. 


We are committed to serving others, providing exceptional customer service, and unmatched workmanship. Peter Snelten & Sons have been water well drillers in Northern Illinois for almost 100 years. We pride ourselves in treating customers like family.

We are a residential water well drilling company, a commercial water well drilling company, and an irrigation water well drilling company.

To properly design a residential water well system for your home, we will need to know the number of water fixtures and water outlets. This method bases the approximate pumping capacity of fixture use, at the rate of 1 gallon per minute per fixture. This is to ensure that the proper size well pump and tank are installed. The pressure tank should be large enough to allow the submersible pump to run for at least one minute. When submersible pumps and pressure tanks are properly sized for your water well system, they will provide years of reliable service.

Irrigation water wells are considered to be a non-potable water supply. They are primarily used for watering crops, plants, or for filling and maintaining water levels in ponds and lakes. In some cases, they are drilled and used for supplying in-ground lawn sprinkler systems at homes, businesses, or apartment complexes where the cost of city water becomes extremely expensive.

Casing diameters range from five inches through twelve inches. Stainless steel well screens are sometimes installed to obtain water from sand and gravel aquifers. They vary in length, slot size, and diameter. The submersible pumping equipment that is used will be determined by the yield/GPM (gallons per minute) the irrigation well produces, and what electrical voltage supply is available to power the submersible pump.

These types of Irrigation water wells can be set up with either above ground or below ground pressure tanks and/or variable speed drives.

Our water wells are located and constructed to provide safe water at all times and under all conditions. We ensure proper location to ensure no contamination and proper construction.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Water Well Drilling Process

Picking the Spot
The first step in constructing a well comes with an initial consultation period. During this time, a contractor will visit your property and find the right spot to drill the hole and install the well.

Drilling The Well
Once the construction process actually begins, the first step is to drill down into the ground. The hole that this creates will become the actual well.  The drill plows down into the earth, breaking through rock and dirt along the way, and all the debris is removed and placed in a pit, dumpster, or pile.

The Casing
Now the well components actually begin to be installed. First the well casing. The casing is a long metal or plastic tube which is inserted into the drilled hole. Commonly measures at around 4-6 inches in diameter and goes from the surface down to the aquifer, which is the groundwater supply that your well will be tapping into.

Well Cap
The Casing is now sealed with a well cap.

As well as the casing, wells may require screens depending on the water-bearing formation. Well screens are fitted at the base of the casing to form an extra layer of filtration. They protect the water in the well against dirt and sediment.

After the casing has been installed, a little gap between the casing and the wall of the drilled well needs to be filled with grout.

Cleaning The New Well
This is when Peter Snelten & Sons will use air/water to blast out any excess sediment that may have built up at the bottom ensuring you clean safe water. 

Well Pump Installation
Next the well pump needs to be installed. The well pump is the part that actually works to suck up the water and pumps it to your home. You will also need a pressure tank. The pressure tank works to store water and control the functioning of the pump and the flow of the water into your home. At this time we also do a water quality test to check the contents of well water before drinking it. Please click here to view our available pumps.

They were absolutely excellent. We called them, and they showed up as soon as they heard from us. They fixed our problem in half a day. Our well was completely shot and we had no water in our house. After their repair, our water works even better than before. We’re so thankful for them. WE LOVE THEM!!
~ Steven Singh

I called and they came out within 30 minutes! Very nice and informative. Overall great experience! Will definitely recommend them.

~ Christopher Kersten

We lost power and my water did not come back on. I thought for sure it was the well pump. Kyle came and tracked the problem down. I put the wrong kind of switch on the pressure tank. Save me a bundle, very pleasant. Highly recommend.

~ Ron Bachman

Family oriented. That’s important to us. Thank you for helping out immediately when we had a big problem. We highly recommend this company.

~ Dorothy Euchler 

Our water was not working this morning and I called our local guy and he no longer is in service. So I found these guys on the Internet wanted to pass along the information. I called them at 7:30 this morning and they were here by nine. They moved their schedule around so they could get here sooner because I did not have water. If you need well service give these guys a call they were great!

~ Kimberly Kearney

Yesterday, at 1:00 we called Snelten and Sons about getting a switch repaired and they were at our house at 2:30. Ben and Adam were very courteous, professional, and informative. They did not take any shortcuts, they did the job efficiently and the price was fair. Highly recommend this company to anyone who has well water.

~ Daniel Pfligler 

Todd Snelten did a wonderful job working on my well and water pressure tank. I highly recommend them for your well and water needs. They were here in 90 minutes after my phone call and replaced everything but a new well and was completed the same day they started the work.

~ Joseph Doyle 

Every time I have service done from this company it is 100% top notch! Thank you for all the GREAT service you have provided to us for the last 32 yrs!!

~ Michael Glefke

I want to give a shout out to this great company!! I have a very old system here at my house. Pete was very knowledgeable about my system and what he wanted to do to get the job done. Other companies I had out here wanted nothing to do with it and told me I needed to drill a new well. This company persevered and got the job done. Rusty and Ben, you were awesome today!! Rusty is a master at fixing problems and coming up with solutions!! I haven’t had pressure this good in years!! I highly recommend them for any water problems you have!!

~ Kristi Weseman 

My husband woke up to find no water pressure. Major lightning storm last night. He called and left a message, within 15 minutes Ryan called back and walked my husband through to problem solve it. What is really impressive is that Ryan had a flooded basement due to this storm but still took the time to call us. Now that is dedication!

~ Terrie Warzecha

Peter Snelten & Sons has serviced our home water well (and related components) for over ten years. They are reliable, honest, fair, and very responsive. Their work is of the highest quality. We heartily recommend this thoughtful family for water well-related work.

~ Robert Ross

We were very happy with the recent service we received. Our water stopped working unexpectedly on a Friday evening around 8:00. After leaving an after-hours voicemail, I promptly got a return call, and arrangements were made for them to come out first thing the next morning. They called the next morning to let me know they were on their way and showed up on time. Luke talked to my husband through everything he was doing and why he was doing it and gave my husband options to fix the problem.  We felt very comfortable that we were working with someone knowledgeable and that the job was done correctly, and we had our water working again in just a couple hours after they arrived. Based on the service we received, we will gladly call them again with any future issues that may arise..

~ Melissa J.

Our 53-year-old well pump in Prospect Heights IL went out finally.  Called Snelton and Sons. After a few questions, they scheduled it and sent their knowledgeable crew out in a couple of days. They replaced the pump along with upgrading our non-code well access. Very happy with their professional service and will recommend again and again. Thanks, S&S

~ Michael J.

Hours of Operation:


Mon – Fri – 7:30-6
Sat – 7:30-12
Sun – Closed
Please call for after hours & weekend assistance.
Water Well Service Truck
After-hours & Weekend Assistance :

Luke – 224-656-4912
Ryan – 815-404-0750
Adam – 224-656-4915

Thank You For Considering Us For Your Well Drilling & Service & Repair Needs

Our Services

Water Well Drilling

Complete Water Well System Installations

Submersible Pump Repair & Replacement

Shallow Well Pump Repair & Replacement

Pressure Tank Replacement

Well Abandonments

Well Chlorinating

Water Sampling

Well Inspections

Yard Hydrants

Peter Snelten & Sons

25000 S. Old Rand Road
Wauconda, Illinois 60084

Cook County, IL
Lake County, IL
McHenry County, IL
Kane County, IL
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