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If the water coming out of the taps inside the house doesn’t smell good, there is probably an issue with your hot water heater. There are a couple of various reasons for stinky water, yet the main cause is bacteria. If bacteria is getting into the water, a smell is likely to develop. Well water is typically to blame for this happening. However, there are a few steps a Greensboro homeowner might take to prevent bacteria from developing in their water and to eliminate 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…

Preventing Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The best way to prevent bacteria from growing and bringing about unpleasant tastes and odors throughout one’s property, is to make sure that the temp is fixed at 140 degrees or greater on one’s hot water heater. In this temp bacteria can’t expand and will be killed. When your water heater temperature is placed any lower than this, bacteria will not only exist but will grow.

Cleaning Out Hot Water Heater BacteriaEliminating Greensboro Water Heater Odors

To eliminate present bacteria and smells, one should use harsh chemicals to destroy it. Chlorine bleach is the most efficient and thorough chemical cleaner to use. In the event that you are making an attempt to decontaminate the water and kill the bacteria utilizing bleach by yourself, you should fully understand the precise technique of to do so. First, the electric or gas going to the water heater must be turned off. Then the cold water supply ought to be switched off. Then, you will need to turn on one of the hot water faucets in the house. This allows air into the tank. Using a garden hose, empty the water out of the water heater and close the drain valve after all the water has been drained. After this, it is time to pour in the bleach. One will need five oz of bleach for every gallon of water the tank holds. Unscrew the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach into the opening. In cases where the cold water hose is not flexible, it might be a wise decision to get in touch with an expert. Connect the water line once again and fill up the tank with water. It is crucial to shut the hot water faucet in the home the moment all of the air is out of the line. It’s likewise very important to run each of the faucets that use hot water within the property until you can smell the bleach. The bacteria that is in the water heater can also be in pipes and fixtures therefore you will have to wipe out the bacteria in those locations at the same time. Let the bleach water sit in the tank and inside the piping for around 3 hours while not utilizing any hot water. And then one more flush is due. Once the tank is cleared once more, don’t put in additional bleach but fill it up with water and let it remain in the tank and inside the piping for a minimum of thirty minutes. Lastly, drain the tank again and then replenish the tank with water. Allow all the hot water fixtures in the house drain until you can not smell bleach. Either switch the power back on or light the pilot light back up and you will be good to go!

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