Re: Sulfur smell
Posted by Bud..Suncoast Plumbing on February 15, 1999 at 19:59:24:
In response to Re: Sulfur smell
Paul:--The odor that is present in your water system can be coming from one of two sources.
1.) The anode inside your water heater is probably the culprit. It gives of Hydrogen Gas in the course of protecting the water heater from corrosion. This gas can sometimes unite with other materials in the water to form Hydrogen Sulphide Gas that has the distinct odor of rotten eggs.
2.) There is a Bacterium that can live and reproduce very effectivly inside your hot water heater. These Bugs are sometimes called "Iron Reducing Bacteria")and the result is pretty much the same.
Best way to fight this problem is to periodically allow all the water in the water heater to be flushed out by letting it run full bore into the bathtub. When the water becomes clear, and the odor disappears, shut off the water and turn the power back on. Lots of luck...Bud

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