Smelly Water: A Case of Maintenance and Action

Smelly Water: A Case of Maintenance and Action

Having access to clean drinking water can be said to be a liability in today’s times. Even though United States does not have the problem of drinking water shortage, compared to other countries, but one thing that does annoy people is the smell of that water when you drink. AS you must be aware, more than 50% of viral and transmitted disease are caused from unhygienic and smelly water deposits.

However, there are many ways to improve the quality of your tap water. One of the common source of bad tasting or smelling tap water is hydrogen sulfide gas that gives you a Pungent smell, just like the smell of rotten eggs, but you can remove it.

Presence Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Hydrogen sulfide gas occurs when sulfate, or sulfur bacteria, are present in your water. Consuming this smelly water won’t do any harm, but it can definitely damage your plumbing fixtures. It can hurt your plumbing by producing slime and other bacteria that can create clogs. The presence of Hydrogen sulfide gas in your water can also be an indicator that your water line has been contaminated by sewage line water. All in all there are plenty of ways to find out the reason to the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, and there are ways of finding out where it’s coming from.

Water Heater should also be Checked

One common breeding ground for bacteria to thrive is the water heater. The warm environment inside the water heater is the perfect place for growing bacteria to flourish, and in many water heaters a magnesium anode is present which can aid in chemical reactions, inversely damaging the fixture. To determine if smelly water is coming from the water heater, check hot water and cold water for smells separately. If you find the smell coming from the running hot water, but absent in cold water, then the source of the pungent smell is for sure coming from the water heater. By DIY process, you can address the problem by removing the magnesium anode, flushing the water heater, or temporarily turning the water heater up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill all bacteria.

Check your Water Source

Even after finding out the source of pungent smell if the problem persists, the problem is probably with the source of water. In such a scenario, it is usually best to call for professional help. Get the water tested by a local environmental agency and call up A-General, for the best quality plumbing services in New Jersey. They also provide emergency plumbing services and give out special discounts to seniors, for using their services.


About Victor Perkins

Victor Perkins is a Mass Communications graduate and an ardent blogger. He has sound knowledge over the topics of business, sports, politics and the daily news updates. With a good eye for writing and copy editing Victor writes blogs for A-General Plumbing and Sewer Service company.

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