I have a gravel well which is around 5 years old. Over time we've
been experiencing a buildup of IRB (iron reducing bacteria) everywhere
in our plumbing, etc. My main concern is that we have a water
softener and I'm sure it's caked inside. Is there anything that is
non-toxic that I can put with the softener salt so that it will clean
out the resin tank with each regeneration cycle? I found a product
called "Boresaver Ultra C" but I don't know if it's safe for a water
softener. Somebody recommended "Iron Out", but I don't know if this
will work or if it's safe??
I really appreciate all of the feedback on this...
On Wed, 5 Mar 2008 10:59:33 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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...A resin cleaning compound must be used regularly to protect the
resin. The most common resin cleaning compounds contain sodium
hydrosulfite or phosphoric acid. Some water softener salt contains a
Yes, I have used this company with outstanding results.
FAQ Link - (Iron)
Thank you for the information. I will contact them as I am not sure
which one is actually non-toxic. I ended up also reading that citric
acid is non-toxic and supposedly works OK for this. Do you recommend
something as simple as lemon juice, or should I purchase a commercial
citric acid product? I am open for suggestions on the best non-toxic
alternative, yet I don't want to harm the resin either.
Thank you again,
On Mar 6, 2:10 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Resin cleaners may not kill IRB. IRB is a large group of bacteria and
to get rid of it you must kill it. Shocking a well with chlorine is at
best a temporary fix because the bacteria live in the ground and
ground water and will come back in the water.
You should sanitize your softener with a couple cap fulls of non
scented regular house hold bleach, poured into a gallon of water and
down into the water in the salt tank. Then do a manual regeneration.
DO NOT mix with Iron Out or other products like it.
Quality Water Associates
I live in Northern Nevada. My well was heavily IRB fouled. I found this product
on a whim. Results?
My 780' deep well would put out 50 gallons in three 1.2 minutes then the pump
saver would shut it off (sucking air). After the bore saver C, I have unlimited
water. I pumped 1500 gallons into my cistern with no issue. This is a fantastic
product and easy to use. Get it from Cannon
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