Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
There are several different explanations for the so-called “rotten egg” odor. This could be an issue caused by the presence of sulfur in your plumbing system, or it may be a chemical reaction specific to your water tank, especially if you notice the smell specifically while using the hot water tap. While disagreeable and inconvenient, both of these issues can be corrected fairly easily once the source of the problem has been discovered.
What Causes Water to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
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.
The Effects of Smelly 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.
While hydrogen sulfide is not harmful to consume, it does have a very unappealing odor and can be very unpleasant, so it is best to get the problem checked out and resolved. Hydrogen sulfide can create issues in the home such as staining and corrosion and may affect water softeners and allow bacteria to grow. A water test can help determine where the source of the problem lies and what the solution should be. Excess sulfur in the plumbing system and water supply can be treated so that your water can return to normal.
Although not typically harmful to humans in the levels in which it appears in household water, hydrogen sulfide can cause corrosion in your plumbing, which can lead to unforeseen and expensive repairs in the future. Particularly harmful to metals, hydrogen sulfide will corrode iron, copper, brass and other metals, as well as causing discoloration in flatware and fixtures over time. Like copper and iron, an excess of hydrogen sulfide can lead to staining in your bathroom or kitchen. Water and beverages prepared with water that contains hydrogen sulfide can have an unpleasant taste and food that contains or is cooked in this water may have an altered or unappealing appearance and an odd flavor.
As 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.
Solutions for Smelly Water
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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