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 Muriatic Acid?
Author: Anonymous User


Hi. I currently have that 'egg' smell in my water. Did a search here and found some great info. My question...How do I properly use Muriatic acid to(attempt to) rectify the situation? People have told me this can and is done all the time, but I thought i would ask the experts. Can this be done to a 'point'??? Aparrently, the point is 65' down. I've handled nasty chemicals before-so that is not what I'm worried about. My plan is to 'shock' it with bleach first, then hit'er with the acid.(after a week or so) I basically need a walk-thru on this one...how much acid? should I install my junker pump when I cycle the acid?? should I cycle the acid?? Thanks for any help...

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 Re: Muriatic Acid?
Author: Anonymous User

Jefkil,

I spent alot of time maintaining swimming
pools when I was a teenager. I used muriatic
acid to sometimes treat tough pool water when
it got cloudy. It never hurt the pumps and
or equipment.

Perhaps speaking to a swimming pool professional may give some insight on
how to apply it in your particular
situation. Hope that helps.

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 Re: Muriatic Acid?
Author: GSchreiber, CWS VI (MN)

Don't do that. HCl will have no effect on the odor problem. Shock Chlorination may help. But, before you do anything take a look at the web site [www.ironproblems.com]

That is a site that talks about odor problems also. You will find discussion there about the likely odor causer SRB.

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 Re: Muriatic Acid?
Author: Gary Slusser

You're talking about well cleaning or well rehabilitation, on a very small scale. And if you have galvanized pipe both chlorine and acid can cause it problems, depending on how much acidc and chlorine you use and how much water is in the well. It shouldn't harm a pump, but that depends on how you do and for how long the stuff is in the pump. As far as the pump is concerned, the dirt kicked up by this effort and then getting into the pump and stopping it from pumping is a much bigger and more probable problem. The jet in a jet pump or j-body and the inlet screen of a submersible pump or jet pump foot valve can block. So can screen in the well.

Without maintianing the pH to about a 2 and then taking it up (alkaline) to about 12 for a specified time, you won't get all the bacteria. You also have to get all the scale and encrustations so you get the bacteria in and under them. Then you could have a bunch of 'sutff' in the well that has to be removed and you have to be capable of doing that or there's no point in doing anything more then shocking the well with chlorine. And that might cause the same type problems.

Cleaning the well won't neccessarily solve your problem with naturally ocurring H2S, or IRB/SRB caused odor. Both will eventually return, and if you upset bacteria and don't kill all of'em... they can come back with a vengence. Anyway, muratic acid is a poor choice IMO.

Gary
Quality Water Associates

jefkil wrote:

>
> Hi. I currently have that 'egg' smell in my water. Did a
> search here and found some great info. My question...How do I
> properly use Muriatic acid to(attempt to) rectify the
> situation? People have told me this can and is done all the
> time, but I thought i would ask the experts. Can this be done
> to a 'point'??? Aparrently, the point is 65' down. I've
> handled nasty chemicals before-so that is not what I'm worried
> about. My plan is to 'shock' it with bleach first, then hit'er
> with the acid.(after a week or so) I basically need a
> walk-thru on this one...how much acid? should I install my
> junker pump when I cycle the acid?? should I cycle the acid??
> Thanks for any help...

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