By Carol Kinsley

When your water system fails or you need a well installed at a new home or business, you want an expert. Michael G. Daisey is a fourth generation well driller. In fact, he’s the only well driller in Delaware who can make that claim. Mike has been working in the industry for 40 years, and his family has been in the water well industry for almost 80 years. His great-grandfather, Irvin J. Daisey, was a well driver for residents in the lower Sussex County area even before Mike’s grandfather, Charles Daisey, launched the family into business in 1941. Charles built his first driven rig in the early 1940s and spent two decades improving rigs. George Daisey, Mike’s father, worked with his father for many years until in 1985, he decided to go into business for himself and started “George I. Daisey and Son Well Drilling.” He, too, built his own rig, one that is still in operation today.

George’s wife, Mary, helped him at first with drilling the wells and hook-ups until his dream came true and Mike came home and joined him full-time in the business.

When Mike became a certified, licensed well driller, the name changed to “Daisey’s Well Drilling Inc.”

Mike has been to Gould’s Pump school at the New York plant. He learned most from observing, listening, asking questions and hands-on, actual experience. When his father died in 1994, Mike took over day-to-day operations. Mary continued to work in the office and was joined by Mike’s wife, Barbara. There are now three trained employees to help with well drilling and repairs.

Located in Gumboro, Del., Daisey’s Well Drilling specializes in the siting, drilling, construction, installation and development of residential, commercial and agricultural water wells in Delaware and the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, up to and including Caroline County. “We also service and sell Gould pumps, but we work on other pumps, too,” Mike said. 

Daisey’s Well Drilling uses the finest materials available and takes care of the entire permitting process.

A standard 100-foot well takes about two hours to drill. The complete drilling and hookup can be completed in one day.

“We gravel pack our wells,” Mike said. “That acts as a filter pack around the screen. Then pressure grout is used from the gravel pack to the ground surface, as required by law. The grout protects the well casing from direct contamination at the well head. All wells are also chlorinated to kill any bacteria.

Daisey’s Well Drilling then does the trenching and digging necessary to hook up the well to the water system.

Our motto is, ‘We treat our customers the way we want to be treated,’” Mike said. “We believe in personal attention and professional, quality service. We strive to be the picture of integrity. If a problem arises, we try our best to correct it as quickly as we can.”

For help with your well or pump, call Mike at Daisey’s Well Drilling, (302) 238-7848. For more information, visit online at