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Old 03-20-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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Drying out iron bacteria to kill it

I have iron bacteria in my well and in my pipes. I've been looking for an effective way to get ride of it.

Fortunately, it's a second home that is infected which gives me a little more latitude. Specifically, I was wondering if I drain all my pipes and tanks for a month or so will this stuff die. Obviously, I'll still have to get it out of the well, but it will be a more contained problem.

What do you think? Are there other repercussions for leaving my pipes (including tanks and boiler) dry?


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Old 03-20-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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Not sure if that would work, and it would leave you with out water.

If you have it , it needs to be taken care of at the well or just as it is coming into the house and let it live in the well.


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chlorinate the well, run it so the chlorinated water is in all the systems in the house (that would mean running the hot water enough to fill the hot water tank and then the pipes to the faucets and such) and let it set as long as you can without water.

Then, depending on how much chlorine you used, you may have to waste a considerable amount of water to flush the system but even more so to reduce the chlorine in the well itself.
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