If perhaps the water coming from the faucets inside the house stinks, there is probably an issue with your water heater. There are multiple different causes of smelly water, however the leading cause is bacteria. Whenever bacteria is coming into the water, an odor is likely to appear. Well water is often responsible for this developing. However, there are some measures a Frisco homeowner may take to stop bacteria from expanding in their water and to get rid of present 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…
Reducing Water Heater Bacteria Growth
The easiest way to prevent bacteria from developing and creating awful tastes and smells throughout one’s house, is to be sure the temperature is set at 140 degrees or greater on one’s water heater. At this temp bacteria cannot grow and will be killed. Whenever your water heater temp is placed below this, bacteria will not only live but will multiply.
In order to eliminate active bacteria and odors, one should utilize harsh chemicals to destroy it. Chlorine bleach is the most effective and thorough chemical cleaner to utilize. If you are making an effort to clean out the water and get rid of the bacteria applying bleach yourself, you should fully understand the complete technique of doing this. First of all, the electric or gas going to the water heater should be turned off. Then the cold water supply must be turned off. After that, you will need to turn on one of the hot water faucets inside the house. This allows air in the tank. Utilizing a garden hose, empty the water from the hot water heater and shut the drain valve once all the water has been drained. Next, it is time to pour in the bleach. One will be needing five ounces of bleach for each gallon of water the tank retains. Detach the flexible cold water pipe and pour the bleach into the opening. In the event that the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it might be a good idea to call in a pro. Connect the water line once again and refill the tank with water. It is important to turn off the hot water spigot in the house once all of the air is out of the pipe. It’s also very important to run all the faucets that employ hot water within the house until you’re able to smell the bleach. The bacteria that is in the water heater can also be in water lines and taps for that reason you will need to remove the bacteria in those areas too. Allow the bleach water stay in the tank and in the pipes for about 3 hours while not utilizing any hot water. Then an additional flush is due. When the tank is drained for a second time, don’t add more bleach but fill up with water and allow it to sit inside the tank and inside the water lines for at least thirty minutes. Lastly, drain the tank yet again and then refill the tank with water. Allow all of the hot water fixtures in the house run until you can not smell bleach. Either flip the power back on or relight the pilot and you will be good to go!
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