When the water coming from the faucets at home smells bad, there might be a problem with your hot water heater. There might be multiple different causes of smelly water, however the leading reason is bacteria. If perhaps bacteria is entering into the water, a smell will more than likely come about. Well water is typically at fault for this developing. But, there are a few actions a Huntington Beach homeowner can take to stop bacteria from growing in their water and to eliminate existing bacteria and odors.

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 here…

Controlling Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The best way to prevent bacteria from growing and bringing about awful tastes and odors in one’s home, is to make certain the temperature is set at 140 degrees or higher on one’s hot water heater. In this climate bacteria are not able to grow and will be killed. When your water heater temp is set any lower than this, bacteria will not only live but can grow.

Getting Rid of Hot Water Heater BacteriaHuntington Beach Water Heater Odors

In order to eliminate present bacteria and odors, one must apply chemicals to eliminate it. Chlorine bleach is the most effective and thorough chemical cleaner to use. In cases where you are making an attempt to decontaminate the water and remove the bacteria applying bleach yourself, make sure you have an understanding of the exact process of doing this. First of all, the electric or gas going to the water heater has to be turned off. After that the cold water supply will have to be turned off. Then, you must turn on one of the hot water faucets in the house. This allows air into the tank. Using a garden hose, drain the water from the water heater and shut the drain valve once all the water is drained. After this, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One will be needing five oz of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water the tank can hold. Unscrew the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach in the opening. In the event that the cold water hose is not flexible, it may be a good idea to contact a professional. Attach the water line once again and fill up the tank with water. It is necessary to close the hot water spigot in the house as soon as all the air is out of the pipe. It is also vital to run all the faucets which use hot water throughout the property until you are able to smell the bleach. The bacteria that is inside the water heater could also be in water lines and fixtures consequently you should remove the bacteria in these areas also. Let the bleach water remain in the tank and inside the water lines for around 3 hours not having utilizing any hot water. Then yet another flush is due. As soon as the tank is drained for a second time, don’t put in more bleach but fill up with water and allow it to sit in the tank and inside the piping for at least thirty minutes. Lastly, drain the water again and then replenish the tank with water. Allow all of the hot water fixtures in the house run until you can not smell bleach. Either switch the power back on or relight the pilot light and you will be all set!

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