Eliminating Water Heater Odors

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Water Heater Repair Lincoln NE

Are you experiencing a difficulty with stinky odors originating from the water originating from your water heater? It can occur sometimes for a few various reasons. Here is what Water Heater Repair Lincoln NE advises to do to have your water smelling and tasting much better quickly.

Reasons for Lincoln Water Heater 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: http://www.soquelcreekwater.org/content/how-get-rid-odor-water

The most usual reason for hot water smell is microorganisms getting into the water supply. This is more common in houses that make use of well water and cities that make use of wells as their water supply.

With a water heater temperature level setting of 140 degrees or higher will assist in minimizing the development of microorganisms inside of the water storage tank.

Ways to Get Rid of Foul Water Odors

The following instructions describe the way to use chlorine bleach to thoroughly clean a water heater.

The electric or gas leading to the water heater tank has to first be turned off.

Next, the cold water supply off that goes to the tank needs to be turned off.

Open the hot water faucet of the kitchen area sink to permit air to get in the tank.

With a a yard hose hooked up to the storage tank drain valve, drain the water inside the water heater.

Then shut the drain valve as soon as it is empty.

The next step is putting in the bleach.
If the hose for the cold water going inside the storage tank is a flexible line, unscrew it from the tank. Otherwise, one will have to take off the pressure relief valve, which is more involved. For electric water heaters, one of the elements can be removed.

Make use of a funnel to get bleach inside the tank.
Add 5 ounces of bleach per gallon of the tank ability.
Case in point – A 50 gallon water heater will require 250 ounces of bleach, that is around 2 gallons.

Reinstall the water line or pressure relief valve.

Fill the tank back up with water once more.

Close up the hot water faucet of the kitchen area faucet as quickly as all the air runs out the line.

Operate all the hot water appliances up until the aroma of bleach is obvious. We want to get rid of the microorganisms that can be found in the water lines likewise, not only inside of the water heater.

Allow the water to stay in the tank and water lines undisturbed for 2 to 3 hours.

Empty the storage tank once more and refill it. This time let it remain undisturbed for thirty minutes and drain it one additional time.

Fill the tank back up. Open all the hot water appliances and let them run up until the scent of bleach is gone.

For gas water heaters, relight the water heater pilot burner. For electric water heaters, turn the electricity on once more.

In addition, by replacing the anode rods, or maybe the type utilized can accomplish the same goal as the next video demonstrates:

More Resources

Controlling Odors in Hot Water Heaters – City of Fellsmere

Solving rotten-egg odor in water heaters

Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water