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Old 04-27-2009, 01:19 PM   #16
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I did not see it mentioned, maybe I missed it; but I would assume that the OP also has a septic system. Wouldn't adding chlorine to the water kill his septic system?

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My inline pellet chlorinator always works, and now I see that you had a hot water odor that went away when the anode rod was removed. That is another reason why you need chlorine, that odor is caused by bacteria and you have to kill it, air injection can make the bacteria problem worse.

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I do understand a lot more than I did about the quality of water i'm getting out of my well.
Are you saying that a inline pellet chlorinator would work to remove H2S gases, hydrogen sulfide?

would it help to remove the manganese? and could it be installed
before my current retention/filter system?


brokenknee: yes, i do have a regular underground septic system, and before doing this, i would make sure the chlorine would damage it permantely, but i do believe these amounts are kept to a minimum where there would be no harm done, but, i am unware of these amounts vs. if they would be effective.
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You shouldn't but you could poor ten gallons of bleach in your septic system and as soon as you use the toilet again, the bacterial action starts all over again, no problem. How do you suppose a new system starts, or after an existing system is pumped or cleaned?

A chlorination system adds the amount needed to oxidize and disinfect whatever is in the water but, the following carbon filter removes the chlorine right? Even if it didn't there is not enough chlorine to harm any septic system.
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A chlorination system adds the amount needed to oxidize and disinfect whatever is in the water but, the following carbon filter removes the chlorine right?
So, a chlorination system actually oxidizes the water? I would have thought it disinfected, and added chlorine, good point on the filter absorbing the chlorine.

So in this train of thought, it would be a bad idea to add the clorinator after the retention system is what your saying,
as the properly sized chlorinator system should handle all these problems.
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You shouldn't but you could poor ten gallons of bleach in your septic system and as soon as you use the toilet again, the bacterial action starts all over again, no problem. How do you suppose a new system starts, or after an existing system is pumped or cleaned?

A chlorination system adds the amount needed to oxidize and disinfect whatever is in the water but, the following carbon filter removes the chlorine right? Even if it didn't there is not enough chlorine to harm any septic system.
I understand how the system starts. I just question the fact that you are continually putting in chlorine to kill the bacteria.

I want to make it clear that I am not questioning your knowledge; I have read many of your post here and have been to your website. I just always thought any bleach is bad for a septic. I have asked the wife not to use it in the wash and I ask her to purchase non antibacterial hand soap. Maybe I am just a little paranoid about the septic thing. I really do not want to spend 7 grand to replace my mound system.
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Well yer normal because some people think that but most don't. Millions of people have septic systems and use bleach in the laundry without problems.

A chlorination system adds chlorine and allows it to stay in contact with the stuff in the water that is going to use the chlorine, that is total chlorine and measured in ppm. Like 1 ppm of iron usually uses (requires) 4 ppm of chlorine to oxidize the ferrous iron into ferric iron/rust. Then there has to be some Free chlorine, meaning it could oxidize something or kill bacteria etc. if there was more to oxidize. Free chlorine is usually .2 to 1.5 ppm. Then the rust and all the chlorine is filtered out of the water. It isn't much chlorine and most of it has been used. The filter that removes it is backwashed every few nights with chlorinated water and that water goes into the septic system and doesn't cause problems. So let her use bleach unless there is iron in the water. If there is the clothes will be rust stained. Personally I don't think we need antibacterial soaps because we tend to be too pristine and I don't think it is good for kids because their immune systems can't develop as they should if we overprotect them. Just good general housecleaning is usually sufficient.

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