What to Look for in a Drilling Company

Finding the right drilling company to serve your needs is an important part of any project. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial drilling, there are several things to consider when choosing a drilling company. 

These are the four things we most recommend you look for before getting started on your next drilling project.

Drilling Expertise and Experience

Experience is essential in any business, and this stands true when it comes to drilling! The nuances of drilling require special expertise and knowledge about the equipment, the regional requirements, and even the ground itself.

That’s right, understanding the geology of the area is also important! 

When looking for a drilling company, first check to see how long they’ve been in business. Most companies will list this information on their website. 

When you reach out to a company, ask for references (or ask for references from friends who worked with drillers in the past). Companies with a longstanding history and reputation will gladly give you the information you need to make an informed decision. 

A Drilling Company with the Right Equipment

Experience is important, and so is having the right equipment to get the job done. This is true for commercial and residential drilling projects. 

Before getting an estimate, check that the drilling company has the right equipment to effectively and efficiently get your job done. If you are new to drilling, it is okay to ask questions. Most companies will be glad to explain their process and educate you on different types of drilling.

For commercial projects, partnering with the right drilling company means knowing that the right equipment and expertise are in place. Larger projects require larger rigs, as well as the know-how to get the job done in a timely manner. 

Proper Training and Education

Proper training and education go hand in hand with experience. While a drilling company may have years of experience, what about their crew? 

Do some research to determine how the company’s crew is educated for the job. Are they trained and licensed? Do they receive ongoing training?

Drilling requires knowledge in federal, state, and local regulations—which change constantly. Your drilling company should prepare their crew to know and maintain these regulations. 

Safety is also an important issue when it comes to drilling. Ask your potential drilling company to share what certifications and safety training the crew is required to complete. Quality and the conscientious company will gladly share the rigorous requirements they set to ensure their drilling work is done safely and done right. 

Communication and Availability

The final thing to look for in a drilling company is clear communication and availability! Customer service is important in any business, and that starts with communication. Does the company respond to your calls or emails? Are they helpful and forthcoming? That is a great start!

However, availability is also key. If they aren’t available to take on your job in the timeframe you need it completed, then it makes sense to find another company.

It is helpful to note that sometimes the right company is worth waiting for. If you find a drilling company that meets all of the above standards, it may be worth adjusting your timeline to make sure the job is done right. 

On the other hand, if time really is an issue, ask for a referral. Companies that have been in business for many years have relationships with other drillers in the area. They are a great resource to help you find a driller who is available to meet your needs.

Choosing the Right Drilling Company for the Job

At Tacoma Pump and Drilling, we work hard to ensure we meet all of the above standards. We’ve been serving our community for nearly 90 years with expertise, high certification and training standards, and an ever-expanding (and continually upgraded) fleet of equipment. To learn more about our drilling services, visit our website or contact us to see if we’re the right fit for your drilling needs.