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Whenever the water coming out of the taps inside the house smells bad, there is probably an issue with your water heater. There are multiple different reasons for smelly water, however the primary reason is bacteria. In case bacteria is getting into the water, an odor will likely come about. Well water is usually responsible for this taking place. Even so, there are some steps an Austin homeowner may take to prevent bacteria from growing in their water and to remove current 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…

Reducing Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The most effective way to prevent bacteria from growing and bringing about unpleasant tastes and odors in one’s house, is to make sure the temp is fixed at 140 degrees or higher on one’s hot water heater. At this temp bacteria cannot grow and will die. Whenever your water heater temperature is placed below this, bacteria will not only exist but may multiply.

Eliminating Water Heater Bacteria GrowthAustin Water Heater Odorsv

To remove present bacteria and smells, one must use chemicals to kill it. Chlorine bleach is the most efficient and comprehensive chemical cleaner to utilize. If perhaps you are trying to clean the water and remove the bacteria using bleach by yourself, be sure to understand the precise way of doing this. First of all, the electric or gas going to the hot water heater has to be switched off. Next the cold water supply will have to be turned off. After that, you will have to switch on one of the hot water faucets inside of the home. This lets air into the tank. Working with a garden hose, empty the water out of the water heater and shut the drain valve after all of the water has been drained. After this, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One will need five oz of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water the tank can hold. Detach the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach in the opening. In case the cold water hose is not flexible, it could be a good idea to get in touch with a pro. Connect the water line once again and fill up the tank with water. It is crucial to turn off the hot water tap in the home when all of the air is out of the pipe. It’s also really important to run each one of the taps that use hot water inside the property until you are able to smell the bleach. The bacteria that is inside the water heater can also be in water lines and taps which means that you will need to eliminate the bacteria in these areas in the process. Let the bleach water remain in the tank and in the piping for nearly 3 hours not having using any hot water. Then an additional flush is in order. Once the tank is cleared for a second time, don’t put in additional bleach but fill it back up with water and allow it to remain inside the tank and inside the piping for a minimum of thirty minutes. Lastly, drain out the water just as before and refill the tank with water. Let all the hot water fixtures in the house drain until you can no longer smell bleach. Either switch the power back on or light the pilot light back up and you will be all set!

For any inquiries about water smells, flushing a hot water heater, Austin water heater repairs, or other water heater issues, call us!