Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Does your water smell like rotten eggs? If so, you likely want to know more about what is causing this smell and, even more importantly, how you can go about getting rid of it once and for all.

What is the Cause?

The rotten egg smell that you are experiencing with your water may be caused by a few different factors. The most common culprit associated with this unpleasant smell is hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide can be created in your water as a byproduct from the digestive process that takes place with the anaerobic microorganisms in your water. 

The microorganisms that create hydrogen sulfide as a byproduct of their digestive process thrive in the absence of water. This is why they are frequently found in places such as sewers, swamps, clay and even in wells. 

Is Hydrogen Sulfide Dangerous?

In large quantities, hydrogen sulfide can be poisonous. It can also ignite very easily and it can cause your pipes to corrode. Fortunately, it does not remain in water for long after it has been exposed to air. Therefore, if you fill a glass with water from a well that contains hydrogen sulfide, it will leave after only a few seconds. In addition, the rotten egg smell is likely to leave within a minute or so. 

How Do I Get Rid of It?

To remove the smell from your water, you will need to install a bladderless fiberglass water tank as well as a venting system. This will help to remove the hydrogen sulfide, which will then also remove the smell. If the smell only occurs when using your hot water, however, it is a sign that the problem exists in the water heater. In this case, you will need to address the problem within your water heater itself.

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