Do you have a weird odor coming from your water? Whether it stinks like rotten eggs or bleach, smelly water might have you worried.
The exact cause of water odors can be difficult to determine. So, Water Doctor has created a handy guide to help you identify and treat common causes of household water smells, as well as what to do about it.
Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
If there is a rotten egg smell coming from your faucet, the most common cause is sulfur bacteria in your water supply. The bad smell usually comes from a lack of oxygen in a well that produces hydrogen sulfide gas. If you only experience the rotten egg smell when running hot water from the faucet or in the shower, it could be a chemical reaction occurring inside your water heater, not your water supply.
What to do: Because sulfur is a gas caused by the absence of oxygen in the well, the best way to eliminate the smell is to install an aeration system that naturally treats sulphur. We also offer chlorine injection systems that are appropriate for some wells. Our Certified Water Specialist will review your water chemistry and determine the best choice for you. Call now to schedule a free onsite consultation.
Why Does My Water Smell Dirty or Earthy?
If you smell a musty, earthy odor when using your water, it could be from organic matter and sometimes iron bacteria in your water supply. This kind of bacteria is not harmful, but it is a nuisance, as it usually tastes bad. Iron bacteria forms when iron and oxygen mix. The bacteria feed on the iron and create a slime. When the bacteria die, it gives off an earthy odor.
What to do: One way you can effectively treat iron bacteria is with a chlorine chemical feed system. Following up with an automatic iron filter will provide additional oxidation and precipitation of iron, providing easy filtration and removal of the iron particles. Iron bacteria can be especially tricky to treat. Our Certified Water Specialists will help determine what is best for your individual well water.
Why Does My Water Smell Like Fish?
If your water smells fishy, the most common cause is naturally occurring organic material that has made its way into your water supply – this includes elevated levels of chloramines, barium, or cadmium.
What to do: Removing organic material contaminants from your water supply is most effective with the help of reverse osmosis water filters. By using these drinking water systems, the common contaminants like barium and cadmium will be effectively filtered, along with other organic chemicals that may be contributing to the fishy smell in your drinking water.
Why Does My Water Smell Like Bleach?
One of the most common water odors is the smell of bleach. This is caused by chlorine that is manually added to public water for disinfecting purposes. Chlorine is necessary for water treatment; however, once the chlorine reaches your personal water supply, it does nothing more than dry out your skin and give your water supply a bad odor.
What to do: You can easily remove chlorine from your drinking water by using a water filter. You can also eliminate the smell of bleach and chlorine from your water with a reverse osmosis drinking water system.
Are you experiencing a different odor coming from your water? Don’t hesitate to call our plumbing experts at Water Doctor today – call us at 877-677-9275 or contact us online for immediate service!