If perhaps the water coming from the faucets at home doesn’t smell good, there is probably a problem with your water heater. There can be a couple of different reasons for stinky water, but the primary reason is bacteria. If perhaps bacteria is getting in the water, a smell will probably come about. Well water is generally at fault for this developing. Even so, there are a few measures a Columbia SC homeowner might take to stop bacteria from growing in their water and to eliminate current bacteria and smells.

According to Soquel Creek Water District, “The smell is the result of four factors that must all be present for the odor to develop. These factors include:

  • A high concentration of sulfate in the raw water
  • Sulfate reducing bacteria, non-toxic to humans (sulfate is reduced to a sulfide state by the bacteria)
  • Little or no dissolved oxygen in the water
  • Hydrogen (a component of water which may be present due to water conditions reacting with the anode)”  Read more here…

Controlling Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The easiest way to prevent bacteria from growing and causing unpleasant tastes and odors in one’s house, is to ensure the temperature is fixed at 140 degrees or greater on one’s hot water heater. At this temperature bacteria cannot grow and will die. When your water heater temperature is placed any lower than this, bacteria will not only live but can grow.

Cleaning Out Hot Water Heater BacteriaColumbia SC Water Heater Odors

In order to get rid of present bacteria and smells, one will have to utilize harsh chemicals to remove it. Chlorine bleach is the most effective and complete chemical cleaner to use. If perhaps you are making an effort to decontaminate the water and eliminate the bacteria utilizing bleach by yourself, be sure to understand the exact process of to do so. First of all, the electric or gas going to the hot water heater should be switched off. And then the cold water supply has to be turned off. Then, you must switch on one of the hot water faucets in the house. This lets air into the tank. Applying a garden hose, drain the water from the water heater and close up the drain valve once all of the water is drained. After that, it is time to pour in the bleach. One needs five oz of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water the tank retains. Remove the flexible cold water pipe and pour the bleach in the opening. In the event the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it might be a wise decision to get in touch with a pro. Connect the water line once more and refill the tank with water. It’s crucial to close the hot water tap in the house as soon as all of the air is out of the line. It’s likewise really important to run all of the faucets that use hot water within the property until you’re able to smell the bleach. The bacteria which is inside the water heater may also be in piping and taps consequently you should eliminate the bacteria in these areas at the same time. Allow the bleach water remain in the tank and in the piping for around 3 hours not having utilizing any hot water. And then another flush is due. As soon as the tank is drained once more, don’t put in more bleach but fill it back up with water and give it time to sit in the tank and in the water lines for at least thirty minutes. Finally, drain out the water again and refill the tank with water. Allow each of the hot water fixtures in the home drain until you can not smell bleach. Either turn the power on again or relight the pilot light and you should be all set!

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