How to Purify and Clean Your Well Water with Treatment Tablets
Well water treatment tablets can be a great way for a do-it-yourself homeowner to treat their well water for bacteria. Treatment tablets can be a much more affordable way to treat your water than buying a large system for the job. Knowing how to use the treatment tablets is key to perform the job effectively.
The first step is knowing how many tablets to use to treat this water. This number is usually found on the bulkhead of the well, or the paperwork that came with your home when you purchased it. You will have to have the number of cubic gallons in your well so you can properly calculate the amount of tablets needed. Once you have that number, you overlap it with the package instructions of your tablets to find out how many you should be using.
Once you have that information, the next step is to start the well water treatment process. The first thing to do is to turn off the well pump, and if you have a water softener, put it into bypass mode. It is also important to wear gloves and goggles at all times, as the chemicals in the tablets can be harsh to your skin and eyes.
Get a bucket and fill it up with 2-3 gallons of water, and add in the tablets. Stir until they fully dissolve. Once they are dissolved, pour the mixture into the well, being sure to evenly cover the entire surface with the treatment. Then, put a garden hose into the bulkhead and let it run for at least 20 minutes. This is especially important with larger wells, as it will ensure that the entire surface of the well has been treated.
When the 20 minutes is up, turn off the garden hose, and let the well water sit unused for 24 hours. This will let the tablets do their job and provide you with bacteria free water. After the 24 hours have passed, turn on several faucets in your house and let them run until you can smell the chlorine in the water. This means the tablets have finished treating the water, and are no longer active. Once you can smell the chlorine in the water, you can safely take your water softener out of bypass mode and start using your water as normal.
Treatment tablets can be a great way for do-it-yourself homeowners to treat bacteria in their well water. Following all the instructions for the tablets, as well as turning off your well pump and putting your water softener into bypass mode can ensure that your well water is properly treated, and safe to use.