Water Smells Bad

Home Forums Archives Old Bulletin Board Archives Water Smells Bad

Viewing 2 reply threads
  • Author
    Posts
    • #285288

      Recently we have experienced a change in the way our hot water smells. Until 3 weeks ago the water had no specific aromal. This water is derived from a well which was chemically treated and we also drained and flushed the hot water heater. Anyone have any ideas?

    • #303245
      Dan

      It is probably a reaction with the heaters magnesium rod, creating magnesium sulfide. The heater is proably old enough that removing the rod, if the magnesium has not all fallen off and is lying in the bottome of the tank, will not change the heaters longevity too much. If there is nothing left except the wire core, then you may have to replace the heater to eliminate the odor, and possibly remove the rod from the new heater or buy a Duron State/Reliance which does not have the rod in it.: Recently we have experienced a change in the way our hot water smells. Until 3 weeks ago the water had no specific aromal. This water is derived from a well which was chemically treated and we also drained and flushed the hot water heater. Anyone have any ideas?

    • #303248
      Dan

      Dan: If it is only the hot water that has the odor(and possibly a discoloration), try this … shut the power off to the water heater, then open (all the way)the hot water side of the tub/shower valve and let the water run into the tub for at least 5 or 10 minutes. Notice if the odor and color diminish as the water continues to run. There are two things that can cause this Rotten Egg odor..The evolution of Hydrogen from the electrolytic decomposition of the anode within the tank joins up with wat ever free Sulfur is present in water to form Hydrogen Sulphide Gas….or a non toxic organism that is common in most water. In either event, a thourough flushing will do wonders. Lots of luck Bud. Suncoast Plumbing Inc. Sunny Florida.

Viewing 2 reply threads
  • The forum ‘Old Bulletin Board Archives’ is closed to new topics and replies.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This