Whenever the water coming from the taps inside the house doesn’t smell good, there might be a problem with your hot water heater. There are a couple of various causes of stinky water, yet the leading cause is bacteria. In the event that bacteria is coming into the water, an odor may show up. Well water is usually responsible for this developing. Even so, there are some methods a Flower Mound homeowner may take to stop bacteria from growing in their water and to get rid of present bacteria and odors.
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 stop bacteria from growing and creating unpleasant tastes and odors in one’s property, is to make certain the temperature is set at 140 degrees or higher on one’s water heater. In this climate bacteria are unable to expand and will be killed. When your water heater temp is placed any lower than this, bacteria will not only survive but will be able to multiply.
In order to remove present bacteria and smells, one will have to apply harsh chemicals to remove it. Chlorine bleach is the most powerful and comprehensive chemical cleaner to use. If you are making an attempt to clean out the water and kill the bacteria utilizing bleach yourself, make sure you have an understanding of the precise technique of doing this. First, the electric or gas going to the hot water heater needs to be turned off. Then the cold water supply will have to be turned off. Then, you will have to turn on one of the hot water taps inside the home. This lets air in the tank. Working with a garden hose, drain the water out of the hot water heater and close the drain valve after all of the water has been drained. After that, it is time to pour in the bleach. One will need five ounces of bleach for every gallon of water the tank holds. Remove the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach into the opening. In the event the cold water hose is not flexible, it may be a good idea to contact a specialist. Hook up the water line once more and refill the tank with water. It’s necessary to close the hot water faucet in the house as soon as all of the air is out of the pipe. It’s likewise important to run each one of the taps that use hot water throughout the home until you can smell the bleach. The bacteria that is in the water heater could also be in water lines and faucets so you must kill the bacteria in those places at the same time. Allow the bleach water sit in the tank and inside the pipes for nearly 3 hours while not using any hot water. And then one more flush is in order. As soon as the tank is cleared once more, don’t add more bleach but fill it up with water and give it time to sit in the tank and in the pipes for at least thirty minutes. Finally, drain the water yet again and replenish the tank with water. Let all of the hot water appliances in the house run until you can not smell bleach. Either turn the power on again or reignite the pilot light and you should be all set!
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