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Quick well water question
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David Brown    Posted 09-14-2004 at 05:53:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good Morning all. I've read several articles and forum posts about water smelling like rotten eggs and how the anode rod in the water heater could be causing the problem. I replaced the anode rod with an aluminum/tin rod, at least I think that is what it is made of. Anyway, that really didn't fix the smell. Now, the smell goes away when I drain the water heater and our holding tank, but it comes back after a couple of weeks, so I don't think it is my well. The smeall starts in the hot water, then it eventually moves over to the cold water, but it takes a little bit to get over there.

My question is, could the heating elements in the water heater cause the odor in our water ? If not, would it be best for me to replace our water heater ? It's probably 10-15 years old. It was the original water heater the was installed when the house was built in the 90's.

Thanks for any help you guys can give me.


Ron/PA    Posted 09-14-2004 at 07:07:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
David, the sad news is, you are now the proud owner of a sulphur well. YES, they can change right out of the clear blue. It's most noticible in the hot water. Heat intensifies the odor, and the tank contains it longer than your expansion tank.
The very least you can do is install a carbon cartridge filter on the cold line, the most you can do is install a mega bucks system to remove it from the entire system.
You might find that one of the most offensive odors is on wash day, when you might use clorox. It just doesn't mix well, (YUCH)
Good luck,
Ron, who lived with it most of his life, from 4 different wells.

Willy-N    Posted 09-14-2004 at 06:44:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you could airate your Holding tank if it is a holding tank and you use a second pump to pressurise the system and one from the well. The Hydrogen Sulfide gas will then excape from the water befor it gets to the house. You can also use a Charcoal Filter and remove it also. The gas tends to go to the highest point in the house and since the most water is in the heater the hot water will smell the most. Look up "Water Well Hydrogen Sulfied Gas" in a search. Mark H.

Bob/Ont    Posted 09-14-2004 at 06:01:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you have sulfer in the water table Dave.
Later Bob

mojo    Posted 09-14-2004 at 06:04:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, it's the water, filter it out, think about a softener, and drain the heater every few weeks.

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