If perhaps the water coming from the faucets in the home stinks, there may be an issue with your water heater. There may be a couple of different reasons for stinky water, however the primary cause is bacteria. If bacteria is entering into the water, an odor will likely develop. Well water is commonly at fault for this developing. Even so, there are some measures a St Petersburg homeowner could take to stop bacteria from expanding in their water and to eliminate current bacteria and odors.

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…

Controlling Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The most effective way to prevent bacteria from growing and resulting in unpleasant tastes and odors throughout one’s home, is to be sure the temperature is fixed at 140 degrees or greater on one’s water heater. At this climate bacteria can’t grow and will die. Whenever your water heater temperature is set below this, bacteria will not only exist but can multiply.

Removing Hot Water Heater BacteriaEliminating St Petersburg Water Heater Odors

In order to eliminate active bacteria and smells, one should make use of harsh chemicals to eliminate it. Chlorine bleach is the most efficient and complete chemical cleaner to use. If you are making an attempt to decontaminate the water and remove the bacteria by using bleach by yourself, be sure to understand the exact technique of doing this. First, the electric or gas going to the hot water heater should be switched off. After that the cold water supply needs to be switched off. Then, you must switch on one of the hot water taps inside the house. This allows air into the tank. Using a garden hose, empty the water out of the hot water heater and close the drain valve once all of the water has been drained. After that, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One needs five oz of bleach for every gallon of water the tank can hold. Unscrew the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach in the opening. In cases where the cold water hose is not flexible, it may be a wise decision to contact an expert. Attach the water line once again and fill up the tank with water. It’s crucial to turn off the hot water spigot in the home once all of the air is out of the line. It is also extremely important to run each one of the faucets which use hot water within the home until you’re able to smell the bleach. The bacteria which is inside the water heater can also be in piping and taps so you will have to wipe out the bacteria in these locations in the process. Allow the bleach water stay in the tank and in the water lines for around 3 hours without using any hot water. After that one more flush is in order. When the tank is drained for a second time, don’t add additional bleach but fill it back up with water and let it remain in the tank and in the piping for a minimum of thirty minutes. Finally, drain the tank yet again and then replenish the tank with water. Allow each of the hot water fixtures in the home run until you can no longer smell bleach. Either turn the power on again or reignite the pilot light and you will be all set!

For any concerns about water smell, flushing a hot water heater, St Petersburg water heater repairs, or other water heater concerns, give us a call!