Dealing with Well Water that Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Dealing with Well Water that Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Dealing with Well Water that Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Does your water smell like rotten eggs? If so, you will be happy to know that this does not necessarily mean that your water is not safe to drink. Of course, the smell can be very off putting and can be a sign of other issues within your well water system. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a better understanding of how the smell is created and what you can do to get rid of it.

Identifying the Cause of the Smell

Generally speaking, water that smells like rotten eggs is high in hydrogen sulfide, which is created as a byproduct from the digestive process of anaerobic microorganisms. As organisms that prefer to live in an area without oxygen, these microorganisms are often found in swamps, sewers, clay and even in wells. 

Exploring the Dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide

Having hydrogen sulfide in your water is undesirable for many reasons. For example, it can cause your pipes to corrode and it can ignite very easily. In large quantities, it is also poisonous to consume. Luckily, it does not remain in water long after it has been exposed to air. Therefore, if you fill a glass with water containing hydrogen sulfide, it will leave after only a few seconds and will be safe to drink. In addition the rotten egg smell typically disappears in less than a minute. 

Removing the Smell

To remove the rotten egg smell, you need to first determine where the anaerobic microorganisms reside. If you only smell it when using the hot water, it indicates the problem is inside of your water heater. If you also smell it when using cold water, you may need to install a bladderless fiberglass water tank and a venting system to help remove the hydrogen sulfide. Installing an iron filter to remove excess iron or installing a carbon filter can also be helpful with removing odors. To learn more, contact Pump Service Idaho today!

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