When the water coming from the taps inside the house stinks, there is probably an issue with your hot water heater. There are multiple different causes of stinky water, however the leading cause is bacteria. If perhaps bacteria is coming into the water, a smell will probably appear. Well water is commonly responsible for this happening. But, there are some measures a Vancouver homeowner can take to prevent bacteria from developing in their water and to remove current bacteria and smells.

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…

Reducing Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The best way to prevent bacteria from developing and resulting in unpleasant tastes and odors throughout one’s residence, is to make sure that the temp is fixed at 140 degrees or higher on one’s water heater. At this temperature bacteria are not able to grow and will be killed. If perhaps your water heater temp is set below this, bacteria will not only survive but may grow.

Eliminating Hot Water Heater BacteriaEliminating Vancouver Water Heater Odors

To eliminate active bacteria and smells, one should use harsh chemicals to destroy it. Chlorine bleach is the most powerful and comprehensive chemical cleaner to use. In case you are attempting to clean the water and get rid of the bacteria using bleach yourself, you should have an understanding of the complete process of doing so. First of all, the electric or gas going to the hot water heater should be switched off. After that the cold water supply will have to be turned off. Next, you will need to switch on one of the hot water taps within the house. This lets air in the tank. Working with a garden hose, empty the water out of the water heater and close up the drain valve once all of the water has been drained. After that, it is time to pour in the bleach. One will be needing five oz of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water the tank holds. Remove the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach in the opening. If perhaps the cold water hose is not flexible, it may be a wise decision to get in touch with a specialist. Connect the water line once more and refill the tank with water. It is important to shut the hot water tap in the house as soon as all of the air is out of the line. It is also really important to run each of the taps that use hot water in the property until you’re able to smell the bleach. The bacteria which is inside the water heater can also be in piping and taps for that reason you will need to wipe out the bacteria in these places as well. Let the bleach water sit in the tank and in the water lines for about 3 hours without using any hot water. Next one more flush is due. After the tank is drained once more, don’t put in additional bleach but refill with water and give it time to sit in the tank and inside the piping for no less than thirty minutes. Finally, drain the tank once more and then replenish the tank with water. Let all the hot water appliances in the home drain until you can not smell bleach. Either flip the power back on or relight the pilot light and you will be all set!

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