Please be advised: Iron, minerals, and sediment can become dislodged during the chlorination process. This can cause plumbing, softener and/or well pump issues.
Adding liquid bleach to well water can help purify the water and household plumbing. To avoid damaging a water softener or other treatment equipment, put each unit into bypass mode.
- Calculate the amount of liquid bleach to use. Figure about 1 gallon of bleach for every 15ft of water inside well casing. If the depth of water is unknown, use 2-4 gallons of bleach for the first attempt. Increase the amount of bleach if more purifications are required.
- Remove well cap and pour liquid bleach into well. Hose the bleach into the well. Mix for about 10 minutes if splashing is heard.
- Cap the well. Allow 10-20 minutes for bleach and water to mix. To treat your softener, contact the dealer for instructions.
- Open only cold-water faucets and showerheads. Turn off faucets and showerheads when a strong bleach smell is present.
- Leave bleach in plumbing for 6-8 hours or longer.
- Rinse all bleach from household plumbing before sampling water. Use a swimming pool kit if available.
- Do not run heavy concentrations of bleach into your septic system.
- Sterilize sample point before a sampling.
- Run water for at least 5 minutes before sampling.
- Collect sample per laboratory instructions.
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