Clean Water Made Easy is a podcast about Well Water created for you, homeowners who get their water from their own private well, community well, spring or rainwater source. If you are looking for fun, interesting facts and tips on well water quality, Gerry Bulfin delivers 7 days a week. Each episode gives you quick, actionable tactics and tips you can use to make your well water safe, great tasting and abundant.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Well Water Treatment: How to Eliminate Odors with Peroxide
How to Eliminate Odors and Freshen Well Water with Hydrogen Peroxide
In today’s episode, I am talking about hydrogen peroxide for well water and how great it works to eliminate odors in well water. This is the same hydrogen peroxide found at the local pharmacy or supermarket but slightly higher.
Four years or so ago, I put up a post on our blog called “Eliminate Well Water Odors: Four Reasons Why Hydrogen Peroxide Water Treatment Is Best.” We have had many folks call and email us regarding that article and ask about peroxide systems. I wanted to do a podcast episode explaining it in simple terms: why peroxide can often be the best option to kill sulfur odor in your well water!
Well Water Odor
If your well water smells like rotten eggs, you’re not alone. Well water odor is a common problem. Many homeowners on well water battle the stinky hydrogen sulfide.
Rotten egg hydrogen sulfide-laden water has an objectionable odor, but higher concentrations can be dangerous to health. It’s corrosive to plumbing fixtures and appliances because when hydrogen sulfide is formed and gets into your groundwater, you get sulfuric acid.
That makes the water tarnish fixtures and eat up the pipes. This unique rotten egg odor, hydrogen sulfide, is usually found in hot and cold water and can sometimes be worse in your water heater and hot water.
It can be a problem. It not only fouls and ruins water softeners and filter systems if not properly treated, but it’s corrosive to pipes and fixtures and just generally a nuisance.
Historically, aeration has been a common way to get rid of smelly water. Chlorine, however, has some undesirable byproducts and can leave chlorine taste and odors if not properly set upright.
Also, if the pH of your water is over 7.5 to 8, in other words, if you have alkaline water, then you have to use a lot of chlorine to get it to kill the hydrogen sulfide rotten egg odor. We found, as a lot of other folks do, we found that hydrogen peroxide does a better job.
Aeration can work well, but if you have iron or sulfur bacteria present, sometimes the bacteria can still create odors after your aeration system. In other words, it can develop in your water heater and plumbing system.
Aeration systems can also be more expensive to set up at times compared to peroxide injection. Peroxide, if you have the right concentration, can kill these iron-sulfur laded bacteria.
So the 4 reasons hydrogen peroxide works:
1. It works faster than chlorine, so often, no contact tank is required
2. Unlike chlorine, the peroxide will not leave a chemical residue or chemical by-products after it’s injected into the water.
3. Peroxide works over a wider pH range
4. Does not affect taste; it often improves the taste compared to chlorination
Over the last 10 years or so, hydrogen peroxide has become a preferred method of treatment for odor by many well water contractors and water treatment specialists all across the U.S. and Canada.
Peroxide and Chlorine
So you might ask: Hey if peroxide is so great, would you ever use chlorination? Well, yes, because chlorine has residual. If you have a chlorine residual, it works better to disinfect your water throughout a distribution system or plumbing system.
That’s why it’s used in communities and municipal systems because you want a chlorine residual to kill bacteria in the pipeline.
Chlorine is cheaper, too, as far as home systems go. Chlorine is less expensive; peroxide can be more expensive. Chlorine has a taste, but you can remove the chlorine taste by activated carbon.
How to Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure On Well Water Systems
Episode 15. How to Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure On Well Water Systems
Read or Listen to See How to Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure On Well Water.
Today’s episode is all about troubleshooting low water pressure on well water for homes and small businesses.
Do you have plenty of water but experience low water pressure? This is a common problem.
I put together a Checklist and quick Troubleshooting guide called “How to Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure On Well Water.” This free guide includes pictures, checklists, and things to look for to troubleshoot low water pressure (see link below to get your guide).
Discussed during this episode:
1. What is the water pressure, and what is the difference between water pressure and flow rate?
2. How to find out your water pressure and the flow rate before any water treatment systems or plumbing.
3. How to Troubleshoot common problems with low water pressure and flow rate.
4. How to read a filter pressure drop chart and a pump curve chart.
5. How to size whole house filters, automatic backwash filters, and softeners to avoid pressure drop problems.
6. What is the water pressure, and what is the difference between water pressure and flow rate?
What is Water Pressure?
Water in residential plumbing systems is “under pressure,” that is, it is pressurized by either gravity or a pump to give you the flow and pressure you need.
In the U.S. and Canada, the pressure is typically measured in Pounds Per Square Inch, referred to as PSI.
Pressure is how many pounds per square inch your water is under. For example, if you had a storage tank 100 feet in elevation above your house, you would have 43 PSI. So for every 10 feet, it is higher (referred to as Head). You will have a 4.3 PSI.
The pressure would be the same if you had a million-gallon storage tank or a 1000 gallon storage tank on a hill 100 feet above your house. The pressure would still be 43 psi. But for many of us on residential well systems, we don't have gravity flow. We have a submersible pump that is used to build up water pressure. The higher the pressure you have, the more flow (up to a point) can flow through a given size pipe.
Most modern homes and appliances like to have at least 30 PSI. However, 50 to 60 is much better. Generally, most appliances don’t like to see more than 70 PSI because it can damage some appliances.
Water pressure is easy to measure with a pressure gauge. Most home well systems will have at least one pressure gauge, usually somewhere on the pipe near your pressure tank.
You can easily find out what the PSI is by looking at the pressure gauge and noting the PSI. The pressure tank might turn on at one PSI and off at different pressure, say on at 30 and off at 50 PSI.
Knowing what your water pressure is can help you troubleshoot low water pressure on well water.
What is Flow Rate?
Flow rate can be thought of in terms of gallons per minute flowing through a pipe. A common residential well pump might deliver anywhere from 5 to 20 gallons in one minute. Pressure is not the same as flow, however.
For example, you could have great water pressure coming from the well but a terrible flow rate and reduced water pressure in the home.
Most pipes in standard homes are ½”, ¾” or 1” in diameter. Say you had really great water pressure of 60 or 70 PSI, and your home had all ½” piping, and you had 3 bathrooms all being used at the same time, or you had a large spa type bathtub that likes to be filled at 15 gallons per minute.
Because you have ½” piping,
How To Eliminate Odors in Your Well Water
On this latest installment of the Clean Water Made Easy Podcast, I talk about how to eliminate odors in well water. I also go over how to identify odors in well water and then walk listeners through the basics steps of eliminating these same odors. As with other issues we’ve discussed, causes may be surprising, but solutions to eliminate odors in your well water are not complicated.
What You’ll Hear in this episode:
1. Kinds of odor in well water
2. What causes these odors?
3. The 4 basic methods of eliminating odor in well water
4. The 3 low-cost methods of eliminating odor
5. What types of water filters are best for treating odors
6. Dangers of hydrogen sulfide in water
7. Ideal water PH
8. What causes rusty water?
9. The importance of doing a water analysis
10. Easy tests you can do at home to analyze your water
11. How to do a physical inspection of your water
12. What happens when you aerate water?
13. Which oxidizer is the most economical?
14. Ways of removing bacteria in water.
15. What is the most affordable method of treating odor and bacteria?
Eliminate Odors in Well Water
Hello! Thanks again for tuning in to the Clean Water Made Easy podcast. Episode #6. My name is Gerry Bulfin. I’m a Water Treatment Contractor and WQA Certified Master Water Specialist. Hey I hope you’re having a great day wherever you’re listening. You know this podcast series is here to help you learn all about well water, water treatment systems, how wells work, and how to improve the quality of your well water.
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In today’s episode, we’re going to cover the basics of how to eliminate odor in well water, particularly rotten egg odor and we’ll talk about the other kinds of odors that folks run into as well.
Some years ago I wrote a book called The Definitive Guide to Well Water Treatment. It’s being sold on Amazon, we update it every year and you know one section of that book, How to Remove Odors in Well Water, is actually one of the most downloaded guides.
I have that separately as a guide and for listeners of this podcast, I’m offering it to you for free. The How to Remove Odors from Well Water is an easy to follow guide, a handy checklist, step by step lists and guides and pictures and useful information all about removing odor from well water.
It covers a lot of what we’ll talk about in today’s episode. Although it’s more in-depth that you can take your time and look at what section pertains to you that kind of thing.
You can get this free guide by texting the word ODORGUIDE to 44222 or you can go on website cleanwaterstore.com/podcasts and find this episode and you can get it from there. So again if you want it might be easy just text the word ODORGUIDE to 44222 and we’ll get that going to you.
In this episode, we’re going to cover: What is the cause of the odor in my well water? What’s the best way to eliminate odor without spending a lot of money? What types of filters or systems are out there to treat odors? We’ll also cover how you can run a little test at home and see what approach would work to eliminate odors in your well water without spending any money.
Rotten Egg Odor
So the most common odor that we run into is rotten egg odor which is hydrogen sulfide gas. It has a very distinctive rotten egg odor and it may be especially present in those homes running hot water but you can find it in cold and hot water. This kind of water discolors coffee, tea, and other beverages and it alters the appearance and taste of cooked foods. Truly a nuisance. It’s not usually a health risk at concentrations found in household water but it can be very toxic at higher levels. Usually the gas can be detected long before it reaches harmful concentrations but at higher...
Ozone Treatment for Well Water Episode 16
Why use ozone water treatment for your well water?
#1: Ozone is a powerful disinfectant:
Ozone water treatment can rapidly disinfect your well water and kill bacteria and viruses, but unlike chlorine does not leave a chemical chlorine residual.
#2: When used with filtration, it removes iron, manganese and sulfur odor:
The oxidizing properties of ozone, when combined with filtration, will eliminate iron, manganese, sulfur and reduce or eliminate tastes and odor problems.
#3: Ozone is automatic and doesn't require additional chemicals:
Ozone is a gas that is generated by an ozone generator at your site and injected into your water.
#4: Sizing is critical:
Ozone generators need to be sized to fit the application. Ozone generators produce ozone in grams per hour and depends on your well water flow rate and water chemistry.
#5: Decide on ultraviolet (“UV”) light ozone water treatment or corona-discharge type:
While UV light can produce low levels of ozone, it works best for removing slight odors and should be not used for disinfection. Corona discharge uses electricity inside a ceramic or glass cell or stainless steel plate chamber to produce ozone. It works better with dry air and there are cartridges that will produce dry air and help the generator produce high levels of ozone.
#6: Inject ozone under pressure for best results:
Ozone can be bubbled into the water in open storage tanks or low-pressure vessels, but most of the ozone does not get transferred into the water. It is much better to draw in the ozone with a venturi into a contact tank that is under 40 – 50 PSI of pressure for optimum transfer of the ozone into water.
Ozone Systems Are Widely Use for Bottling Water and Water Purification Worldwide
Ozone has been used for over 100 years to treat water for cities, bottling water plants and other commercial and industrial processes. Home systems have been available for some years and improved in quality and design.
If you have iron, manganese, odor AND bacteria, ozone combined with proper filtration can work great and last for many years.
Ozone water treatment oxidizes iron, manganese, and sulfur in your well water to form insoluble metal oxides or elemental sulfur. These insoluble particles such as rust, are then removed by filtration which is typically activated carbon, manganese dioxide, or other media such as filter sand.
Ozone is much faster at killing bacteria and oxidizing iron and manganese compared to chlorine or peroxide. One advantage for home use is that ozone is quite unstable and will degrade over a time frame ranging from a few seconds to 30 minutes.
So if ozone water treatment is so great, why doesn't everyone use it you may ask?
It is quite expensive compared to chlorination. Ozone water treatment costs a lot more up front compared to aeration, chlorine injection or hydrogen peroxide injection! That is the primary disadvantage. Shop our ozone systems.
Ozone for Disinfection
Ozone has a greater ability to disinfect water of bacteria and viruses compared to chlorination. To properly disinfect water with chlorine or ozone there must be enough residual of the chlorine or ozone in mg/L (same as saying parts per million or PPM) in the water, AND enough minutes of contact time for disinfection to occur.
Water chemistry is also very important. The pH of the water (how acid or alkaline it is) along with the turbidity and other contaminants all play a role in how effective chlorine or ozone will be at disinfecting your well water of bacteria.
Ozone is faster at killing bacteria and oxidizing iron and manganese compared to chlorine or peroxide. For example, the CT value (Concentrate of the oxidizer multiplied by the Time in minutes) for disinfecting water of viruses is 6.
Podcast Q&A 11: Why Use a Static Mixer for Chlorination Systems?
Hello. Welcome to the Clean Water Made Easy Podcast Question & Answer. This is Q&A Episode #11.
Each week in our main podcast, I try to go deeper into various well water treatment systems and specific applications or problems. I also like to do these quick Q&A episodes to answer some questions that we get. Every day we get tons of phone calls, emails, and chats through our website.
I try to pick an interesting one and I answer it. As a matter of fact, we’ve received a chat message from Joanne who asked: “What do static mixers do for chlorination systems? Can I use a static mixer in place of a contact tank?”
Thanks for your question.
When injecting chlorine into your water to cure specific problems such as removing odors, killing bacteria or oxidizing iron, you need to mix the chlorine into the water rapidly and that’s what a static mixer does.
A static mixer looks like a piece of pipe, there are different sizes, but say a common 1-inch one is about 14 inches long. If you could look inside it, you’d see a series of little pins or baffles inside them arranged in a specific way. As the water is flowing through, the chlorine or peroxide metering pump, is pumping a little amount of chlorine into the water as the water is flowing.
The idea is the chlorine system pumps it into the pipe and as the water enters the static mixer, it dissolves the chlorine very well into the water. It’s a thorough and rapid mixing. That’s what a static mixer does.
However, with chlorination there’s this concept of you want to have a certain amount of concentration of chlorine, usually it’s somewhere between 1 and 5 parts per million but it depends on how much iron, odor, manganese or whatever you’re trying to correct. I have another episode that goes into detail about that, episode #8. In episode 8, I go over the chlorination systems. So there’s the idea of the concentration and then the time. That’s called the CT value. You have your concentration and time.
A static mixer will rapidly mix the chlorine into the water but it doesn’t give you time. Depending on what you’re trying to do, you might need a contact tank. If you’re after disinfection then it’s better to use some kind of contact tank to get time because the bacteria needs a little bit of time with the chlorination for it to be thoroughly killed and sanitized.
The best thing to do is to use both the static mixer with the contact tank. Say you’re injecting chlorine in order to kill odor and oxidize iron before an iron filter. Then you only need about 10 to 30 seconds of time before the water that has been chlorinated goes into the iron filter media. So in that case, static mixer is great. It’s just 2 different things, static mixer and contact tank.
Static mixer gives you more rapid mixing time and more efficient transfer of the chemical into the water so you get a better job so therefore you can use less chemicals. The idea is after you inject the chemical or peroxide you don’t want any to be left in the water or have very little left in the water. So the static mixer will help that.
We often use them in combination with a contact tank to get mixing and time in order to achieve the results of what you’re trying to do –whether it’s to sanitize the water, kill the odors, or treat iron & manganese, whatever.
Do you have any questions and you’d like to have your question answered? Just go to our website, there’s a chat box you can chat with us. Ask questions there. You can email us. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can email email@example.com.
Hope that helped and hope you folks have a nice day. Thank you.
Acid Well Water: When to Use Soda Ash Systems to Treat Acidic Well Water
In this episode, I talk about when to use Soda Ash for Acid Well Water.
Topics discussed include:
* What is low pH and why you might want to correct your low pH to a neutral pH?
* What is soda ash for well water?
* Why use soda ash instead of a calcite neutralizer?
* What are the benefits and advantages of using soda ash?
* How does soda ash compare to other alkaline chemicals such as sodium hydroxide?
* How to set up a soda ash injection system
* How much soda ash you should inject.
Acid Well Water: When to Use Soda Ash Systems to Treat Acidic Well Water
Hello, Hey. Thank you so much for tuning in to Clean Water Made Easy Podcast. This is Episode #14. My name is Gerry Bulfin. I’m a Water Treatment Contractor and WQA-Certified Master Water Specialist. You’re in the right place if you want to learn more about well water, well water treatment systems and how to improve the quality of your well water.
Each episode in the series is broken down into a single area or topic that you can listen to each one, one after another, or you can jump around and find the ones that pertain the most to your application.
In Episode 13 I talked about calcite acid neutralizers. An acid neutralizer in general to correct acid well water conditions. I did talk about a little bit about sodas ash.
In this episode, we’re going to look a little more in-depth look and deep dive into when and how to use soda ash systems.
We’re going to talk about: What is low pH and why you might want to correct your low pH to a neutral pH, what is soda ash, why use soda ash instead of a calcite neutralizer, when to use it as opposed to calcite, what are the benefits and advantages to using soda ash, and how soda ash compares to other alkaline chemicals such as sodium hydroxide. We’re going to go over how to set up a soda ash injection system and how much soda ash should you inject.
First off is What is low pH? How you might want to correct your low pH.
It’s easy to check for pH. If you check your well water and you have acid water, which is pH less than 7, then you might also be experiencing some corrosion problems. Particularly if you have copper pipes, but also you can get corrosion on your water heater, appliances, fixtures.
It’s a good idea to have neutral water or water that’s not gonna corrode your pipes. Signs of your acid water could be corrosion of your fixtures, blue stains in your copper pipes, or sometimes rust staining if you old galvanized pipe.
Basically, acidic water with pH value in the range of less than 7 is more corrosive to metal. That’s why we want to correct the pH. Groundwater such as well, and surface water such as spring water, can both be acidic.
The most common cause of acid water (I talked about this in episode 13) is from the rain. So you get the acid rain– the rain goes to the atmosphere, picks up carbon dioxide, or in some case, if it’s in an industrial area where you may have sulfur dioxide or nitric oxide, you get acids forming in the water which is easy to do because rainwater is pure water so it doesn’t have any lime or buffering capacity to it. It goes into the ground and eventually end up as groundwater. What happens is that if you have an area where there’s a lot of limestone, or your well is pulling water out of an area where there’s limestone, then you have hard water and you don’t have acidic water, generally.
A lot of folks will be in an area where there’s fracture granite or sand or some kind of strata in the ground that doesn’t have the buffering capacity to change the pH of water from acidic to neutral or alkaline. There are some cases where you get acid well water from mine run off. We run into that in the West like Colorado. Some areas, you get mineral acids but mostly it’s from the water ...
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