Eliminating Water Heater Odor

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Plumbing Repair Santa Barbara CA, Water Heater Repair Santa Barbara

When the water coming out of the taps inside the house stinks, there is probably a problem with your water heater. There might be a couple of different causes of stinky water, however the primary reason is bacteria. Whenever bacteria is entering into the water, an odor will more than likely show up. Well water is typically responsible for this transpiring. But, there are a few measures a Santa Barbara homeowner could take to prevent bacteria from expanding in their water and to get rid of present bacteria and odors.

Protecting Against Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The best way to stop bacteria from growing and bringing about bad tastes and odors in one’s property, is to make certain the temp is set at 140 degrees or higher on one’s water heater. In this temp bacteria can’t expand and will be killed. If perhaps your water heater temp is placed any lower than this, bacteria will not only exist 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…

Getting Rid of Hot Water Heater BacteriaSanta Barbara Water Heater Odors

In order to remove present bacteria and smells, one will have to use harsh chemicals to eliminate it. Chlorine bleach is the most effective and comprehensive chemical cleaner to utilize. If you are making an attempt to clean out the water and get rid of the bacteria applying bleach yourself, make sure you fully understand the precise process of doing this. First, the electric or gas going to the water heater should be switched off. Next the cold water supply has to be switched off. After that, you will have to switch on one of the hot water faucets in the property. This allows air in the tank. Using a garden hose, empty the water from the water heater and close up the drain valve after all of the water has been drained. After this, it is time to pour in the bleach. One will be needing five ounces of bleach for each gallon of water the tank holds. Unscrew the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach into the opening. If perhaps the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it may be a good idea to call in an expert. Connect the water line once more and fill up the tank with water. It’s crucial to turn off the hot water faucet in the home when all the air is out of the line. It’s likewise crucial to run each of the taps which employ hot water in the house until it is possible to smell the bleach. The bacteria that is inside the water heater might also be in piping and faucets for that reason you will need to eliminate the bacteria in these locations also. Let the bleach water remain inside the tank and inside the pipes for nearly 3 hours without using any hot water. And then an additional flush is in order. After the tank is drained once more, do not put in more bleach but fill it back up with water and allow it to sit inside the tank and inside the water lines for no less than thirty minutes. Lastly, drain the tank once more and refill the tank with water. Let all of the hot water appliances in the house drain until you can no longer smell bleach. Either flip the power on again or reignite the pilot and you will be good to go!

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