Uh-oh! Your Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs. Here's What to Do
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When you live in a world full of flavored beverages and scented bath oils, you probably never worry about the smell of your water, at least not until the day the scent of rotten eggs begins to waft from your drains and faucets. Drinking the water becomes nearly impossible, and bathing in it is unpleasant. That pungent sulfuric odor may not stem from Hades, but it can signal that you’re in a truly hellish situation. If your water is an issue, you don’t need to despair. Hydrogen sulfide is a common problem for homeowners, but it’s one that a reputable water filtration company can take care of quite easily.
First, Let’s Gather a Little Information
Just a little bit of hydrogen sulfide in your water can give it a ripe smell. The odor is caused by bacteria that naturally occur in the water. The bacteria convert decaying plant matter into energy, and the unpleasant sulfuric scent is the result of this process. In some homes, the smell may only occur when the hot water is running. In those instances, the metal heating element in an electric water heater may be the cause.
The hydrogen sulfide could also be coming from the groundwater that is treated and piped into your home, or it may be caused by a prolific bacterial colony that exists in your pipes and drains. No matter the cause, if you have this problem, you should take care of it as soon as possible.
Could the Smell Cause Other Problems?
Although small amounts of hydrogen sulfide are not physically harmful, the smell can have negative effects on your health and the quality of your life. For instance, hydration is necessary for your body to function properly. Experts recommend drinking about 64 ounces of water every day, something you’re unlikely to do if the water smells like rotten eggs. Buying bottled water or premixed beverages is expensive, and simply filtering the water with special pitchers may not take care of the problem.
Foul-smelling water also makes personal hygiene rituals less pleasant. You may not feel clean after a hot shower or long bath when you are soaking in nasty smelling water. Even natural oils can’t overcome that odor. Getting your children to stay clean may become more difficult.
Also, the stench of sulfur is offputting to friends, neighbors and other guests. Nothing wrecks a special meal quicker than nasty smelling drains. You may avoid hosting anyone at your residence because the water is such a problem.
Unfortunately, other difficulties may arise from this water issue. If untreated, the bacteria will continue to thrive, and the sulfur smell will worsen, infiltrating all areas of your home. Although the odor is often first noticed in hot water, bad-smelling cold water may indicate a higher level of bacterial growth. You may also notice stains on the surface of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures when your water is sulfuric. Hydrogen sulfide in your home’s plumbing system is a real problem.
Getting Rid of the Smell
Fortunately, you can do some investigation on your own. If your water smells in the kitchen sink but not in the bathroom, the problem may only be present in one waterline. Simply chlorinating that one line may solve the problem. However, if the smell is present in multiple sinks, a whole-house water filtering system is the best solution. Adding chlorine will not be enough, and any other measure will be a stopgap at most. You need to take care of all the water that enters your home.
If you have water that smells sulfuric, contact a reputable water filtration company like WAVE. It can evaluate your water supply and determine if a filtering system is appropriate for your home. A whole-house or point-of-entry system filters the water as it enters your house, meaning the hydrogen sulfide never makes it into your living space. Once the system is installed, the awful odor will almost immediately dissipate, leaving you with fresh smelling water that is a pleasure to drink. Your baths and showers will no longer be unpleasant, and your dishes will smell as clean as they should after they’ve been washed.
Benefits of a Whole-House Filtering System
A whole-house filtering system offers other benefits as well. It can filter out many potentially harmful organisms, rid your water of that chlorine taste. Your water will be clean, healthy and fresh-tasting. Particulates will no longer visibly float through your drinks, and your kitchen and bathroom fixtures should look better and last longer.
Rotten eggs are some of the nastiest items in nature. In the old days, neighborhood hoodlums would throw them at your home as a prank on Halloween. The nauseating smell was hard to scrub off and could linger for ages. Having that odor in your home negatively impacts your family’s quality of life. If you have sulfuric water in your home, don’t wait: Contact WAVE. Its professional, highly-trained staff can correct your problem quickly and efficiently by installing the right filtering system for your home. No one should have to live with smelly, unappetizing water. The proper WAVE filtration system may even make your water the envy of the neighborhood.
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