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    About 3 years ago I switched to diaphram pressure tank from a galvanized and had a new well pump installed. Prior to this our water tasted/smelled wonderful. The only problem was high iron and red staining in filters/ toilet etc but very manageable. AFTER...no red in filters at all. Only "black particles" that are "magnetic". The well was chlorinated at the time of the work and tested twice after that without anything other than high iron.
    It seems as if the iron is being oxidized somehow with the change in the way the bleeder valves/Shrader valve is handling air. Is this possible? Any ideas? We have been fighting this for 3 years.
    Thanks for any input.
    TOMJAB

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    Re: welll water bad taste/smell/black particles

    Originally posted by TOMJAB View Post
    About 3 years ago I switched to diaphram pressure tank from a galvanized and had a new well pump installed. Prior to this our water tasted/smelled wonderful. The only problem was high iron and red staining in filters/ toilet etc but very manageable. AFTER...no red in filters at all. Only "black particles" that are "magnetic". The well was chlorinated at the time of the work and tested twice after that without anything other than high iron.
    It seems as if the iron is being oxidized somehow with the change in the way the bleeder valves/Shrader valve is handling air. Is this possible? Any ideas? We have been fighting this for 3 years.
    Thanks for any input.
    TOMJAB
    Not too sure about what might be going on for you.. Have you had anyone come out and inspect it yet?

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      Re: welll water bad taste/smell/black particles

      Pieces of an old steel well casing"
      No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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        Re: welll water bad taste/smell/black particles

        Your old galvanized tank was designed to work with the bleeders you mentioned, your bladder tank is NOT. The air being generated by the bleeders is rattling your pipes and shaking off whatever mineral has collected there. If your filters are the in line variety they will only catch the big chunks and will probably plug up rapidly.

        What you need to do is plug the hole the schrader valve is in. This might fix the problem. If not, you may have to remove and plug the bleeder.

        Galvanized tanks get fitted with an air release valve that operates off a float. This keeps the air at the right height in the tank. Bladder tanks are captive air tanks and have no way of getting rid of the excess air other than spitting in out of the faucets. The air your generating is what is oxidizing the iron.

        If you have more than a half part per million, I would get rid of the inline filters and install a real iron filter.
        Frequently asked questions about pumps and tanks.

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