Sulfur Smell Within Water Heaters is a Widespread Issue
Plumbing and water treatment companies are often faced with complaints pertaining to bad odors emanating from the water heaters. These unpleasant smells are commonly compared to that of rotten eggs. The odor issues can cause numerous problems for the inhabitants, and often becomes a topic of conversation when guests are around. Today, we present the optimal, most efficient, method to get rid of this Sulfur smell.
What Are The Causes of This Sulfur Smell?
First and foremost, it is worth noting that the sulfur smell in water can be caused by a number of different “reactions”.
If the odor is present in both cold water and hot water, the problem usually stems from the presence of sulphate-reducing bacteria in your water. It can also be a sign of the presence of hydrogen sulphide gas in the water underground. To determine the cause of these odors, just let the water run for a longer period. If the odor is less pungent after a few minutes, it is usually indicative of a sulphate-reducing bacterium.
Finally, if the odor is present only in your hot water, it is usually created by a chemical reaction in your hot water tank. Now that you know the causes of these nauseating smells, let’s solve the problem!
Here Are The Best Ways to Stop The Sulfur Smell
Preventing the Development of Sulphate-Reducing Bacterium
Temporary Solution: Concentrated Chlorination Treatment
Generally seen living in a low-oxygen environment such as water heaters, deep wells, as well as in the plumbing network, these bacteria take their energy from sulfur. Since they usually proliferate in hot water, it is standard for the rotten egg smell to amplify when faced with these environments.
A temporary solution would be to do a concentrated chlorination treatment, which involves adding a predetermined amount of chlorine to your well and circulating the water through all your ducts. Once the smell of chlorine is noticeable throughout your home, simply let the water run until the smell disappears. However, it is not recommended to use or consume this water for 24 hours after treatment, which makes this solution much less convenient. In addition, since this is a temporary solution, keep in mind that odors will be back in 2 or 3 months.
Permanent Solution: Imposed Current Anode
If you desire a more permanent solution, the current anodes limit the proliferation of bacteria in your hot water tank, which has the effect of eliminating odors. By lowering the pH of the water in your tank, the imposed current anodes make the environment less optimal for the survival of the bacteria. In addition to only requiring a few minutes to install, CORRO-PROTEC anodes are guaranteed for 20 years and we even offer a 90-day satisfaction guarantee.
Rectifying This Reaction Within Your Water Heater
Each water heater is equipped with a magnesium anode rod in order to temporarily limit corrosion within the tank. In most cases, the smell of sulfur will be caused by high magnesium content water that comes into contact with the original anode already present within the water heater. If the odor issue comes from the reaction between the magnesium anode and your water, several options are available to you. However, it is important to know that these options are not all good in the long run.
Remove Magnesium Anode (NOT RECOMMENDED)
It would be possible to eliminate these odors by completely removing the magnesium anode from the tank. However, doing so is very dangerous for the water heater because it will then be without its protection against rust. The weakest and most exposed places will then rust faster forcing you to change your tank after only a few years.
Replace the Magnesium Anode With an Aluminum Anode
It is also possible to replace the magnesium with an aluminum anode. Water will no longer have a poor chemical reaction while supported by the new anode, and odors should completely disappear. However, even though aluminum anodes are cheaper than magnesium anodes and last longer, the main issue is that as the anode dissolves, debris tends to harden and sink to the bottom of the reservoir. This can potentially end up in your faucets and cause breakage. In addition, some scientific research raises concern regarding aluminum residues found in water which could have adverse effects on people’s health.
Install an Imposed Current Anode
In conclusion, an imposed current anode is the ideal solution to these problems, because in addition to eliminating this rotten egg smell in a few hours, these anodes are made from insoluble titanium, which limits their debris. In addition, this technology requires no maintenance and is good for several years. CORRO-PROTEC anodes are easy to install in your existing tank and will fix the problem, no matter what the cause of the odors, in just a few hours. You are skeptical? We offer a 90-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product’s performance.
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