How To Get Rid Of The Rotten Egg Smell In Your Hot Water

14 April 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Have you noticed lately that your hot water has a bad smell? This smell might remind you of rotten eggs, and this can be a common problem for homeowners that have well water. If you are wondering what this is and want to get rid of it, hire a plumber to come to your home and fix the problem.

What causes this odor?

Water heaters are used in homes to produce and store hot water, which will eventually be used when faucets are turned on. Inside the hot water heater, various processes occur, which might be the source of the problem.

The smell of "rotten eggs" coming from hot water can be produced by contaminants in the ground water, or it can occur from chemical reactions that take place inside hot water heaters. When you smell rotten eggs, it is actually a gas known as hydrogen sulfide.

While this gas is not usually harmful, it can be annoying and frustrating. If the levels get too high, it can become dangerous to be around though. It can also cause other problems too, including creating slime that you will find in your plumbing fixtures. This can cause your sinks and tubs to get dirty faster, and it can also cause problems in the pipes of your plumbing system.

How can this problem be fixed?

When a plumber inspects your hot water heater, he or she will look for the source of the problem. In most cases, this problem is caused by the actual hot water heater system. There is a magnesium anode inside most hot water heaters. This part is known for causing a chemical reaction with the water, and this reaction commonly leads to the production of hydrogen sulfide. If this part is removed or replaced, the problem will often be fixed.

If this kind of water heater repair does not work for eliminating the odors, the plumber may suggest bleaching the system. To do this, a bleach solution is placed in the well. As this mixture works its way into the hot water heater, it will destroy any bacteria living inside the device, which could help decrease or eliminate the smell of rotten eggs.

If you are tired of living in a home with smelly water, call a plumber for help. The problem might not be hard to fix, and you will be very glad to have hot water that does not smell bad.