Have you come to the realization that your water smells? Is this holding you back from living your day to day life, such as washing your dishes and taking showers?
While this is a common occurrence, it’s nothing you want to live with for too long. After all, no one likes the smell of sewage coming from their faucets.
Before we dive into the finer details of the actions you should take, here are some facts to keep in mind:
- Talk with water filtration professionals near you
- Most often, the smell of sewage is caused by bacteria sitting in your drain and producing gas when you run the water
- Hydrogen sulfide is the gas you’re probably smelling, as it can form in your hot water tank
- Depending on the amount of hydrogen sulfide, it can range from a minor annoyance to the smell of rotten eggs
- Depending on where you live you can have different odors
What Causes the Bacteria?
Even if you keep a clean home, it’s still possible that bacteria could build up in your drain. This is the result of food, soap, and anything else that makes its way into your drain.
Once you turn the water on, the gas is forced upwards and instantaneously makes its way into your home.
So, while it appears that your water smells, it’s actually the gas being pushed out of the drain.
Does it only smell when you use hot water? This is probably the result of bacteria growth in your hot water heater. This happens for a number of reasons, such as if the temperature is too low or your heater has remained dormant for an extended period of time.
How to Combat the Smell
While some people are able to live with the smell, hoping that it eventually goes away on its own, most realize the importance of taking immediate action. If its your drinking water you should install a filter. Reverse Osmosis works by reducing total dissolved solids it is the frontline defense against large particles and sediment such as dirt, iron and other suspended solids.
Once you know where the smell is coming from, you can devise a plan for eliminating it once and for all.
For example, if there is bacteria buildup inside your drain, use a disinfectant to clean the area. From there, a small brush and soap will go a long way in helping you remove the bacteria.
If your hot water heater is causing you trouble, turn up the temperature and run hot water for an extended period of time as to flush the pipes.
Although it’s not your water that smells, this doesn’t give you a warm and fuzzy feeling when it comes time to take a drink or jump into the shower.
Fortunately, once you pinpoint the cause of the smell, you can then eliminate it in a timely manner.