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Shocking water well #944368
09/06/18 02:56 PM
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I need to shock my well ( a little bacteria found and Iron discoloration) I think I found the source of the bacteria- a small hole in the well casing- now repaired...

I am trying to figure out how much bleach to add....I don't know the depth of my well water....the old records say the well was drilled 390' deep...it's a 6" in dia well casing....does anyone know how much I should add or what the formula is?


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Re: Shocking water well [Re: harryp3] #944370
09/06/18 04:13 PM
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Not sure what the formula is, but our well driller dumped several handfuls of tablets into our 72', 4" newly drilled well.


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Re: Shocking water well [Re: harryp3] #944380
09/06/18 08:11 PM
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The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
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The Indianhead's Left Nostril....

Re: Shocking water well [Re: harryp3] #944381
09/06/18 08:14 PM
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Thanks- that's good info, but is dependant upon knowing how much water is in the well, which I do not..I'm tempted to just put 2 gallons in ...I just don't want to spend a week getting it thru the system...

Re: Shocking water well [Re: harryp3] #944382
09/06/18 08:35 PM
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The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
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True story...

When I was a lad, I had to shock my well in order to pass a home sale inspection. Well guy said pour one gallon of bleach down the well.

In my wisdom, I figured if one gallon was good, four must be better.

A half hour after pouring said bleach, I noticed "smoke" coming up out of the casing.

My bleach had eaten through the wires to the pump.

I ended up having to replace the pump. frown

Re: Shocking water well [Re: harryp3] #944434
09/07/18 07:33 PM
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LOL....I think your wisdom was right.....must have been inferior wiring smile

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09/09/18 04:59 PM
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all done- just for History...I put 2 gallons of diluted ( 1 gall of bleach in 5 gall of water) in the well. Ran the hose back into the well for 45 mins..still could not smell chlorine. Added another diluted gallon of bleach (total 3 gallons of bleach); ran the hose back into the well for 20 mins and could smell chlorine. Ran all the fixtures, washer, dishwasher in the house and could smell chlorine in 10 mins +/-.

Let it all cook for 24 hours, drained water out of the well- for about an hour and a half. Let the well pump rest for 2 hours. Ran water out of all fixtures, water heater , etc. and water is clear w/o chlorine smell. I'll re-test for Bacteria in 7-10 days.



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