Peter Snelten & Sons Inc. Water Well Drilling And Service

HOW TO CHLORINATE A WATER WELL


How To Chlorinate A Water Well Instructions

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Heavy Chlorination Light Chlorination
  1. Turn off the electrical power to the water well system in the mail electrical panel or fuse panel.
  2. Put any water treatment equipment on bypass.
  3. Remove the nuts and bolts around the perimeter of the well cap and pry the lid off with a screwdriver.
  4. Pull up and move to the side the exposed wires at the open top of the well head.
  5. Pour in 1 gallon of regular household chlorine bleach down the well shaft.
  6. If you have chlorine pellets that you have purchased from us, drop in twenty-five to thirty pellets in addition to the bleach.
  7. Turn the electric power to the well system back on.
  8. Turn on the outside garden hose and stick it back into the well and leave it running.
  9. As it is circulating the water back into the well, you now go back into the house and begin running the water fixtures, one at a time, until you smell the chlorine odor, starting with the cold water faucet at the bath tub, then the sinks and flush toilets last.  Repeat this procedure for additional bathrooms; also run the other outside faucets, and laundry tubs until you detect the smell of chlorine and turn them off.
  10. DO NOT RUN ANY APPLIANCES SUCH AS WASHING MACHINES, DISH WASHERS, ICE MAKERS, ETC.  THIS PROCEDURE COULD POSSIBLY CLOG THEM WITH DEBRIS.  ALSO IF YOU HAVE A MOEN KITCHEN FAUCET THAT PULLS OUT AND CAN BECOME A SPRAY NOZZLE, REFRAIN FROM RUNNING IT AS WELL.  THEY EASILY GET JAMMED UP, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE A PLUMBER.
  11. Once you have satisfied the cold water plumbing throughout the house, and you would like to do the hot water tank and plumbing lines.  Turn on all the hot water faucets at once and leave running until the water turns cold.  The pressure will be low, because of all the faucets being on and the running hose in the well.  When water is running cold, turn them off and go outside.  Turn off and remove the hose from out of the well.
  12. Carefully tuck the wires back into the well making sure not to pinch them.  Secure the well cap back on.
  13. Let the chlorine solution set in place at least over night or, if possible, 24 hours.  The whole idea is contact time, the longer the better.  The only use of the water at this point would be a flushing of the toilets.  This procedure would be good to do if you were leaving for the weekend.
  14. To begin the flushing process afterwards, the first thing is to get a garden hose running out into the yard at half speed, water the trees, flowers, bushes, etc.  It will not hurt the vegetation.  Water may have to run an hour or two.
  15. Check the odor and clarity every half hour or so with a clear glass jar and leave running until clear and clean.  The time this takes varies from well to well.  When it’s clean, turn it off.  Run the other outside faucets a few minutes to flush out.
  16. Now it’s back into the house repeating the procedure of flushing the cold water tubs, sinks and toilets last.  Then all the hot water faucets at once until cold and then turn them off.  We suggest an empty load in the washing machine, then dark clothes, save white for last.  You may have to remove aerators off the faucets to run and flush out the inside lines.
  17. Once everything is flushed and clean, you can put the water treatment equipment back into service.
  18. Well depths vary depending on location; therefore, the dosage in this procedure may need to be adjusted.  We would suggest that you call us first to discuss this prior to starting.  Our phone number is 847-526-3500 or click here to send us an email message.
  1. Turn off the electrical power to the water well system in the main electrical panel or fuse panel.
  2. Remove the nuts and bolts around the perimeter of the well cap and pry the lid off with a screwdriver.
  3. Pull up and move to the side the exposed wires at the top of the well head.
  4. Pour in one half gallon of household chlorine bleach down the well shaft.  Then fill a clean five gallon bucket with water and dump it back down into the well, a couple of times, to wash it down into the water below.
  5. Place wires back into the well and carefully reinstall the well cap making sure you don’t pinch the wires.  Turn the electrical power back on.
  6. We recommend doing this procedure twice a year, when you change your clocks and check your fire alarms.  Or as often as needed to alleviate the rotten egg odor due to iron bacterial problems in the well system.
  7. If you detect dirty water or a chlorine odor, run a garden hose out into the yard until clean.
  8. Well depths vary depending on location; therefore, the dosage in this procedure may need to be adjusted.  We suggest you call us first to discuss this prior to starting.  Our phone number is 847-526-3500 or click here to send us an email message.
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