Ever turn on the hot water in the shower or in the sink, leave the bathroom for a minute or two and come back to the smell of rotten eggs? You don’t remember that foul odor from when you walked into the bathroom just a few moments ago, and there certainly wasn’t anyone eating eggs in there in the time you were gone. So, what could be causing the unpleasant smell? Hint hint… it might actually be your water!
Most of the time, that “rotten egg” scent you’re smelling in your water is a result of bacteria. Bacteria can form in a number of different areas from the time city water is released to the time it flows through your pipes and out of your fixtures.
Chlorine is typically added to city water in order to kill odor-causing bacteria and other harmful things that might be found in the water supply. While this works to reduce bad odors in most cases, if your house is located toward the end of the distribution system, you may still notice the smell.
In addition to bacteria originating in the water source, that sulfur smell can also develop in corroded piping or in your water heater tank, which leads us to our next point — the importance of proper, regular water heater maintenance.
Homeowners can run into a number of serious issues if water heater maintenance is not taken seriously. From damaged pipes and leaks to poor water quality, it’s not worth taking a chance!
Able to pinpoint the fact that the bad water smell is coming from your water heater? There are a few things you can do, or have a professional do, to get rid of the stench.
First, turn up the temperature on your water heater a few degrees and let it stay like that for about 24 hours. Then run all of the hot water taps in your home for a few minutes in order to flush out the pipes. Just remember, the water coming out of your fixtures will be hotter than normal, so be sure to warn your family before they turn on the faucets or bathe.
If that doesn’t do the trick, your water heater likely needs to be sanitized. It’s best to leave this process to the pros as it involves a number of steps and some knowledge of different water heater components as well as safety guidelines that should be adhered to.
We offer fast, affordable solutions for an array of water heater problems. Schedule your Minneapolis water heater repair service with the expert plumbers at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today!