If the water coming out of the taps at home doesn’t smell good, there is probably a problem with your hot water heater. There are multiple different causes of smelly water, yet the main cause is bacteria. If perhaps bacteria is coming into the water, an odor will probably develop. Well water is generally at fault for this happening. However, there are a few steps a Carlsbad homeowner may take to prevent bacteria from developing in their water and to eliminate current bacteria and odors.

Controlling Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The easiest way to stop bacteria from developing and producing bad tastes and smells in one’s house, is to make sure that the temp is set at 140 degrees or higher on one’s hot water heater. At this temperature bacteria are not able to expand and will be killed. Whenever your water heater temp is placed any lower than this, bacteria will not only exist but can grow.

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…

Removing Hot Water Heater BacteriaCarlsbad Water Heater Odors

To remove existing bacteria and odors, one should use harsh chemicals to eliminate it. Chlorine bleach is the most powerful and complete chemical cleaner to utilize. In cases where you are making an effort to decontaminate the water and remove the bacteria by using bleach yourself, you should understand the complete method of doing this. First of all, the electric or gas going to the water heater must be turned off. And then the cold water supply must be turned off. Next, you will need to turn on one of the hot water taps in the property. This lets air in the tank. Applying a garden hose, drain the water out of the water heater and close up the drain valve after all of the water has been drained. After that, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One needs five oz of bleach for each gallon of water the tank retains. Unscrew the flexible cold water pipe and pour the bleach in the opening. In the event that the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it might be a good idea to call in a professional. Connect the water line again and fill up the tank with water. It is important to shut the hot water tap in the home when all of the air is out of the line. It’s likewise important to run all the taps which use hot water in the home until you are able to smell the bleach. The bacteria that is inside the water heater can also be in pipes and faucets for that reason you must get rid of the bacteria in these locations at the same time. Allow the bleach water stay inside the tank and in the pipes for nearly 3 hours not having using any hot water. And then one more flush is due. Once the tank is cleared for a second time, don’t add additional bleach but fill it back up with water and allow it to stay in the tank and in the water lines for no less than thirty minutes. Lastly, drain the tank once more and refill the tank with water. Let all of the hot water appliances in the house drain until you can not smell bleach. Either turn the power on again or reignite the pilot light and you should be all set!

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