How do you shock a well?

How do you shock a well?

Fill the well with 2 quarts of bleach and 10 gallons of water. Connect a garden hose to a nearby tap and clean up the well. Open each faucet and run the water until you notice a strong chlorine stench, then turn it off and move on to the next one. Don't forget about outside faucets and fire hydrants. They will also need to be opened and closed to ensure that all of the bacteria are killed off.

Now you can pour in some bourbon or whiskey (if you want to be really scary) and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. In the morning, if there's still no movement from the bucket, you'll have to throw out the water and start over. However, if the bucket starts moving around when you shake it, the bacteria is dead and you can use the water for anything except drinking.

The smell alone should be enough to scare away any intruders, but if not, just add some bleach to any room in your house and it will kill any remaining germs.

How do you flush out a well?

What Is the Best Way to Flush a Well?

  1. Determine the amount of chlorine bleach needed to shock chlorinate the well. This process disinfects the well components and the soil surrounding the well.
  2. Clean the entire the system.
  3. Flush the chlorine-laden water from the system.
  4. Test the water system 1 or 2 weeks after flushing the system.

How expensive is it to shock a well?

You should chlorinate your well to disinfect it and eradicate microorganisms. You can employ a well-service firm to chlorinate your water. The price fluctuates between $80 and $200.

Shocking a well is the process of using electricity to quickly disperse sodium chloride into the groundwater source to displace contaminated water. This is done in order to remove any harmful bacteria or other organisms that may be present in the water.

Shock pumping is usually not required for wells that are less than 150 feet deep. However, if you have a problem well then shocking it may be necessary to bring up contaminated water. Shocking is recommended once a year for regularly used wells.

The cost of shocking a well depends on the depth of the well and whether there is metal piping down below ground level. Generally, the deeper the well the more it costs. Also, if there is metal piping in the well, this will increase the cost as well as the time needed to shock it. For example, drilling a new well that is 50 feet deep can typically be done for $10,000. Adding metal piping to extend the reach of the well increases the cost significantly -- often over $20,000. Finally, blasting away rock to expose soil allows for easier pumping of water, which reduces the amount of energy required by a compressor station.

Is it safe to shock a well?

Shock chlorination is NOT a suggested treatment technique for reoccurring bacterial infections. A licensed well driller/contractor should identify and eradicate the source(s) of such pollution. Chemicals under high pressure that can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit can be dangerous to work with. They should not be touched or handled by anyone other than authorized personnel.

The process of shocking a well to kill off bacteria that may be causing it to go bad is actually pretty simple. First, an electric line is run into the hole to provide power for a pump. As the pump pulls water out of the well, it goes through a series of heaters which raise the temperature of the water to 140 degrees F. Then it is dumped into large tanks where additional chemicals can be added if needed. Finally, the water is pumped back into the hole to repeat the process until the well is clean.

This is one case where more is definitely not better. Too much chlorine in water can be just as harmful as not enough. Anyone who has been swimming in an area where people have been using bleach to sanitize themselves or their pools knows how dangerous excess chlorine can be. The human body was designed to live in an environment with low levels of chlorine. High levels of this chemical can cause serious health problems.

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