Whenever the water coming from the faucets in the home stinks, there is probably an issue with your water heater. There could be a couple of various reasons for smelly water, however the leading reason is bacteria. Whenever bacteria is getting into the water, an odor likely will show up. Well water is frequently to blame for this transpiring. However, there are some actions a Kalamazoo homeowner may take to stop bacteria from developing in their water and to get rid of present bacteria and smells.

Reducing Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The most effective way to stop bacteria from growing and producing awful tastes and smells throughout one’s residence, is to ensure that the temperature is fixed at 140 degrees or higher on one’s water heater. In this climate bacteria are unable to expand and will be killed. When your water heater temperature is set below this, bacteria will not only live 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…

Eliminating Hot Water Heater BacteriaKalamazoo Water Heater Odors

To get rid of active bacteria and smells, one should use harsh chemicals to eliminate it. Chlorine bleach is the most powerful and thorough chemical cleaner to use. In case you are trying to clean the water and get rid of the bacteria by using bleach yourself, make sure you understand the precise way of to do so. First, the electric or gas going to the hot water heater needs to be turned off. Next the cold water supply must be switched off. After that, you will need to switch on one of the hot water faucets inside of the home. This allows air in the tank. Utilizing a garden hose, drain the water from the hot water heater and shut the drain valve after all of the water has been drained. After this, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One will need five oz of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water the tank retains. Detach the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach into the opening. If perhaps the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it could be a wise decision to get in touch with a professional. Connect the water line once more and refill the tank with water. It’s crucial to close the hot water spigot in the home when all the air is out of the pipe. It is also crucial to run all of the taps which use hot water in the property until you’re able to smell the bleach. The bacteria that is inside the water heater could also be in water lines and faucets therefore you must wipe out the bacteria in these places also. Let the bleach water sit in the tank and inside the pipes for nearly 3 hours not having utilizing any hot water. Next one more flush is due. When the tank is cleared once more, do not add additional bleach but fill it back up with water and give it time to sit inside the tank and inside the pipes for at least thirty minutes. Finally, drain the water again and then replenish the tank with water. Let all of the hot water appliances in the home run until you can no longer smell bleach. Either flip the power back on or reignite the pilot light and you will be good to go!

For any questions about water odor, flushing a water heater, Kalamazoo water heater repairs, or any other water heater troubles, call us!