Renovating Kitchen & Found a WELL under the sub-floor
So, my husband and I are renovating our kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and pantry (all an addition in the early 1940's ish time frame, added on to our 1700 farmhouse). When pulling up the kitchen sub floor, we discovered a man-made well that apparently used to be the main well. It's wide open, has some water about 8 feet from the top, has some piping still connected to the bottom of it, but is not being used. Our new well is about 200 yards from the house, in our field.
So, what do we do now? We called a bunch of well companies and they all said the same thing - fill it with sand and then clay and call it done.
Anyone have any thoughts?!?!? We don't have tons of money to blow on this, but, obviously, we want to take care of it in a safe, long-term manner!