Cure for Stinky Water In Suffolk

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty

Do you have stinky water in Suffolk?  Do you have well water?  What causes the smell and how can the typical homeowner in Suffolk fix it?  Often water pipes are contaminated during construction with soil and the soil is deposited in the bottom of the tank. The soil contains Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB).  The SRB react to the metal rods in the water heater creating hydrogen sufide which is harmless but smelly.  Here are three cures that might help you out.

1.  Replace your current magnesium metal rod in the water heater with an aluminum one.  The rod is used to improve the life of the glass liner but produces hydrogen sulfide as a by product.  The aluminum rod does the same thing but generates less hydrogen gas.

2.  Completely remove the metal rod and put a plug in its place.  This method is may void the warranty as there is no protection for the glass lining for the water heater. 

3.  Find out where the sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) is coming from and eliminate it.  Usually the SRB''s end up in the bottom of the water heater.  Try flushing the water tank three times.  The first one just to flush, add a bit of chlorine the second time and the third time as a rinse.

      Sneaker

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Debbie Walsh
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We have areas here with a smell to the water that is from sulphur.  To remove that you need a water treatment setup.  It smells like rotten eggs. 

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