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#6344503 - 10/10/18 05:19 AM water well and bleach ?
scrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 81
Loc: PA
I have a well that's 100 feet deep and about 45 feet of water in it. I read the instructions that came with my uv light for disinfection wrong and put in way to much bleach. Like a whole gallon. Now the water is orange. I keep trying to flush it out, by don't seem to be making any headway. Other than letting the water run, is there anything I can do? Also, how do I know if the water is safe to use because of the bleach being way to strong?
Thanks Mike

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#6344512 - 10/10/18 05:41 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
slowpoke Offline
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Registered: 12/22/12
Posts: 76
Loc: Hudson valley , NY
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#6344513 - 10/10/18 05:44 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
west river rogue Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3716
Loc: Philippines,,ohio
ive done it for 35 yrs..it will be fine....mine is 160 ft and i dumped 1.25 in it,,,3 days or so of using it...run bathtub full etc.....it will be fine
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#6344519 - 10/10/18 05:59 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
vermontster Offline
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Registered: 03/23/14
Posts: 456
Loc: vermont
I would flush the well until the bleach smell is gone.
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#6344522 - 10/10/18 06:04 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
coydog2 Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 1926
Loc: Iowa
You need to keep the water run to flush out the system and you have iron in your water that is why it is the color you have.I use a gallon of bleach to kill the bacteria out of it. and just flush it out.till you have no more taste in the water or if you have a pool tester check the chlorine and flush till it show no more in it.When I had work for a well drilling outfit years ago that is what we use on the well is just plain bleach.
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#6344527 - 10/10/18 06:18 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
west river rogue Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3716
Loc: Philippines,,ohio
if u have pex plumbing or plastic pvc i recommend u let it sit in the pipes awhile and water heater to wipe out the rust. I personally dont flush mine right out,sort of defeats MY purpose. I have never bleached hair treating a well.
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#6344532 - 10/10/18 06:23 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
vermontster Offline
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Registered: 03/23/14
Posts: 456
Loc: vermont
West River Rouge just curious were you advised to leave the bleach in your system because of the pvc or pex pipe.
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#6344539 - 10/10/18 06:30 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
west river rogue Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3716
Loc: Philippines,,ohio
read above
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#6344544 - 10/10/18 06:34 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
vermontster Offline
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Registered: 03/23/14
Posts: 456
Loc: vermont
OK I got it just your opinion.
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#6344547 - 10/10/18 06:41 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: vermontster]
west river rogue Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3716
Loc: Philippines,,ohio
ive done it both ways for 35 plus yrs on my farms.....i left it sit in the pipes etc depending on rust scale etc....My newer house has all plastic pipes and water heater builds up rust so i flush the heater once every 2 and let bleachwater soak my pipes......it helps immensly,for a time,best solution is a whole house filter
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#6344571 - 10/10/18 07:31 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
TreedaBlackdog Offline
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 1067
Loc: B61-12 vicinity, MO
very common around here in Missouri to bleach your wells - my last well driller who fixed my pump did mine and carried it on his work truck

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#6344600 - 10/10/18 08:20 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 20671
Loc: Minnesota
The orange is from Iron...not the bleach. Let it run into the weeds a couple of days. You might need a softener and whole house filter for the color and taste to improve.
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#6344652 - 10/10/18 09:38 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
M.Magis Offline
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Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 1094
Loc: S.E. Ohio
Yeah, I was going to mention that the water being orange didn't have anything to do with the bleach. And a gallon isn't too much, it'll be fine. Health Dept instructed me to add a gallon of bleach to my well, run all faucets until I could smell bleach, then let it sit for 24 hours. If you don't get it into all areas of the system, you can still have bacteria that don't get killed. After 24 hours run all faucets until you no longer smell bleach.

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#6344655 - 10/10/18 09:40 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
Finster Offline
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Registered: 03/13/13
Posts: 8705
Loc: Fredonia, PA.
Nothing you can do but flush it.
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#6344665 - 10/10/18 09:56 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
Trapper7 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 6040
Loc: MN, Land of 10,000 Lakes
I'm glad you posted this. It reminds me that I have to chlorinate my well again. I agree with what most everybody is telling you, BTW.
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#6344721 - 10/10/18 11:22 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: Trapper7]
bblwi Online   content
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4646
Loc: East-Central Wisconsin
dilution is the solution to the pollution.

Bryce

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#6344739 - 10/10/18 11:58 AM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
Saskquatch Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 662
Loc: Saskatchewan
We have extremely hard, insanely high iron and manganese in our well and often get the rotten eggs bacteria smell, about every 2 months. Bleach works great but make sure you don't leave it in for more than 24 hrs and run the outside tap (or any taps) until it is gone. Bleach will heavily damage non pex lines if left in and cause leaks. One thing I have started doing is drain my hot water heater every 2 months along with my pressure tank, and I haven't needed to shock my well for over a year. Bleach is HIGHLY corrosive so be cautious with the amount of time it is left in.

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#6344743 - 10/10/18 12:07 PM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
NebrCatMan Online   content
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Registered: 02/08/12
Posts: 1379
Loc: SE NEBRASKA
Just wondering if you put a couple gallons bleach in your systems do you have to worry about your bugs in your septic system. Or not enough bleach to do any harm to the good bacteria?
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#6344744 - 10/10/18 12:12 PM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
M.Magis Offline
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Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 1094
Loc: S.E. Ohio
At least in mine, it's not strong enough to cause an issue. But I only use a gallon, and I empty my outside faucets onto the ground before going inside, so most of the bleach goes into my driveway. The water smells only slightly stronger than pool water.

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#6344754 - 10/10/18 12:36 PM Re: water well and bleach ? [Re: scrapper]
scrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 81
Loc: PA
Thanks guys. I've been trying to flush it for 4 days now. Slowly getting better. When I first did it, it looked like chocolate milk coming out of the hose. nasty. If I can get past the deal of the iron settling out in the cold water tank if you don't use it for a few hours, I'll feel better.
Mike

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