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Terry Alexander

10-15-2001 06:52:28
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Went to my farm (200 miles away) and somehow a dead animal got into the well. I think it is possibly a rodent because of the size of the opening where the pump shaft enters the well and the cover was off about 2 inches.

Needless to say, the water smells like "something dead". We only use the well water to wash our hands and tools and stuff....not potable at all. But now, you can't even wash the truck with the water coming out of it.

Is there anything we can do to get the smell out and/or possibly purify it a "little bit". Just enough so that you aren't afraid to wash your hands, but again, we never intended to use this water for consumption.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Terry 8N

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Bob (KY)

10-15-2001 17:45:07
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
MAKE SURE that if you use bleach DO NOT use the bleach that contains stuff to protect colors and such. Look at the ingredients. If I remember right the RIGHT stuff has 90 something percent inert ingredients and a very small amount of sodium hypochloride. One other listing but don't know what that was. If in doubt use HTH for swimming pools.
Good Luck



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No Name

10-15-2001 17:24:29
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
My old lady got drunk once and fell in the well, but I pulled her out after a couple of days, not long enough to let her smell any worse than normal.



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Scott8n

10-15-2001 12:09:13
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
we had a small pig fall into the well about two summers ago. We didn't notice it was missing utnil 11 days later. By then it had bloated up til you couldn't tell what it was. It looked like a rotten fur ball and smelled bad. We fished it out with sticks and boards and it came apart in pieces. But we got it out. We used clorox in the well and brought in bottled water for a week. We flushed out the well until you could smell Clorox and not the pig. It worked but to this day when I drnk from the kitchen sink I still see the bloated pig falling apart and I lose my apetite. Clorox works good but I would flush it out with a well driller too. just my 2 cents worth if it helps. Scott

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R.M. In Al.

10-15-2001 21:38:37
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 Re: Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Scott8n, 10-15-2001 12:09:13  
That use to be common in the country. We had a dug well which is much easier for rodents to get in.First try to get him out any way you can even if you have to pump out the well.Then if possible, figure out how many roughly how many gallons of water you have in the well when it refills like overnight.It only takes 6 drops per gallon to purify the water.This will give you some sort of Idea what guide to use.PUREX has a guide on it or use to for purifying.I have been there.That is really a bad smell.Good luck with it...R,M. In Al. PS> Too Much purifying can make you very sick

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Ed-Illinois

10-15-2001 11:20:22
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
I think it is time to pull the head and flush the well - an experienced driller or plumber should be able to do that for a reasonable cost.

Just remember, if something in the well is affecting the water to the point it smells, that same polluted water is getting ino the ground water and will remain there for some time.

Clorination is good for disinfcting the pipes, however if you are just going to re-supply the pipes with polluted water, what is the point?

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Sal

10-15-2001 07:18:52
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
Terry,

If there is no way to 'fish' out the critter then there is really only one thing to do... My neighbor is a well driller and he said to put a gallon of Clorox down the well and run the water til you smell the Clorox at the tap. When you smell Colorox at the tap it means that it is now in your pipes also and can work on killing anything in the lines. Oncce it is in the lines let it set for 24 hours then run the water...should discharge the water away from the area with a hose.

If the first gallon of Clorox doesn't quite do it then hit it again the same way.

He said to stick with Clorox brand directly...and not to use something like muriatic acid, he has seen people try this and ruin their systems and pollute the ground water.

I would probably do the Clorox routine at least three times over a three week period. One other thing he said if you want you can use the chlorine pool pellets and drop a few of them down the well while you are away...and run the water when you get back...this will allow a slow release of chlorine and help the overall process.

...and as you most likely have done, close up the well head with something that can't be chewed through by a varmit.

Sal

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Mike S

10-15-2001 07:07:52
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
You really need to try and get whatever it is out. But failing that, you can always pour bleach in it. One of our engineers suggested using muriatic acid, like in a swimming pool, to see if that would help the deceased decompose, but you would have to run the water for a time afterwards to make sure it didn't burn you.



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Salmoneye

10-15-2001 07:06:30
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 Re: O.T. - Dead animal in well in reply to Terry Alexander, 10-15-2001 06:52:28  
I would try and fish out what is left of the critter and then depending on the capacity of the well I would dump in a gallon or two of Clorox or some granulated pool chlorine...



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