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Louisville Water Heater Odor Repair

Are you experiencing a difficulty with stinky odors coming from the water coming from your water heater? It can happen sometimes for a couple different reasons. Here is what Water Heater Repair Louisville KY advises to do to make sure your water smells much better and to remove any terrible tastes quickly.

Reasons for Louisville Water Heater Smells?

Bacteria getting in the water system is the most common cause ones water in the home may have odors. If you home utilizes well water or cities that make use of wells for the water supply, will increase the possibility of this developing.

With a water heater temperature level setting of 140 degrees or higher will assist in cutting down on the growth of germs inside of the water storage tank.

Ways to Get Rid of Stinky Water Smells

The following instructions explain tips on how to use chlorine bleach to cleanse a water heater.

The electric or gas going to the water heater tank has to first be turned off.

Next, the cold water supply off that goes to the tank needs to be shut off.

Open the hot water faucet of the kitchen sink to enable air to enter the tank.

With a a yard hose hooked up to the storage tank drain valve, drain the water inside the water heater.

Then close the drain valve as soon as it is drained.

The next step is adding the bleach.
If the hose for the cold water travelling in the storage tank is a flexible hose, unscrew it from the tank. If not, one will have to remove the pressure relief valve, which is more involved. For electric water heaters, one of the elements can be removed.

Utilize a funnel to put bleach inside the opening.
Add 5 ounces of bleach for each gallon of the tank capability.
So if you have a 50 gallon water heater, you would require 250 ounces of bleach, or around 2 gallons.

Reinstall the water line or pressure relief valve.

Fill the tank back up with water once again.

Close the hot water faucet of the kitchen area faucet as quickly as all the air runs out the line.

Operate all the hot water appliances till the odor of bleach is apparent. We want to eliminate the bacteria that can be found in the water lines also, not just within the water heater.

Keep the water in the tank and water lines undisturbed for a couple of hours.

Empty the storage tank again and refill it. This time let it stay for at least 30 minutes and once again drain it.

Fill the tank back up. Turn on all of the hot water fixtures and let them run up until the smell of bleach is gone.

For gas water heaters, relight the water heater pilot light. For electric water heaters, turn the electricity on once again.

Additionally, by replacing the anode rods, or perhaps the type employed can work as the next video shows:

Odors from Louisville Water Heater

What the Experts Say

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…

Soquel Creek Water District

How is hydrogen sulfide gas produced in a water heater?

A water heater can provide an ideal environment for the conversion of sulfate to hydrogen sulfide gas. The water heater can produce hydrogen sulfide gas in two ways – creating a warm environment where sulfur bacteria can live, and sustaining a reaction between sulfate in the water and the water heater anode.  Read more…

Minnesota Department of Health

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