There are many signs that a driller will become aware of when a kick has taken place. The first sign that an kick has taken place could be a sudden increase in the level of mud in the pits. Another sign may be mud flowing out of the well even when the pumps are shut down (i.e. without circulating). Mechanical devices such as pit level indicators or mud flowmeters which trigger off alarms to alert the rig crew that an influx has taken place are placed on all rigs. Regular pit drills are carried out to ensure that the driller and the rig crew can react quickly in the event of a kick.

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