The first step to solve a bacteria or e-coli problem is to “shock” your well with bleach or chlorine tablets. Chlorinating or “shocking” the well is not very complicated, so if you would like to attempt it yourself we have provided directions below. If you would like us to chlorinate the well for you, please call our office at 207-594-4947
to schedule an appointment.
Some water treatment equipment can be damaged by high levels of chlorine. To be safe, water treatment equipment should be put in bypass until the chlorine has run through. Any carbon or charcoal filters must be taken offline, as the chlorine will use up their capacity. If you already have water treatment equipment in place, please call us before shock chlorinating your well to prevent damage.
Be careful when handling strong chlorine solutions. Wear rubber gloves, goggles, and an apron. If any chlorine gets on your skin, flush immediately with clean water.
Never mix chlorine with any other cleaning agents or ammonia; this can give off toxic gasses.
Do not use fresh scent bleach or other special laundry products. Use the regular bleach.