Rotten egg smell in your water supply is the result of the presence of sulfur. Hydrogen sulfide gas actually causes the smell. This gas, and the resulting offensive smell, is most commonly found in well-water or ground water.
Sulfur water has no known health effects, though it can sometimes change the taste of water. Metal items like silverware can discolor or turn a blackish color when washed often, and anyone with sulfur water can attest to the difficulty of getting truly clean clothes. Hydrogen-sulfide water literally lessens the effect of detergent, as well as corrodes any exposed metal parts in the washer.
There are several ways to combat sulfur in your water, including chlorine bleach removal, iron removal, and aeration removal. Many softeners are not able to work against sulfur water long term, so it’s important to work with an expert who can recommend the right treatment for the level of hydrogen-sulfate in your water supply.
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